Fernando Segovia

Expert in Latin and Hispanic theologies Fernando Segovia visits SMU’s Perkins School of Theology March 31-April 11, 2014

Fernando SegoviaA noted expert in Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Hispanic theologies has come to the Hilltop as a visiting scholar.

Dr. Fernando Segovia will be in residence in the Center for the Study of Latino/a Christianity and Religions in SMU’s Perkins School of Theology March 31-April 11, 2014.

Segovia is the Oberlin Graduate Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity in Vanderbilt University Divinity School, where he has taught since 1984. He is also a member of the theology faculty of Stellenbosch University in South Africa.

He teaches and researches in the fields of early Christian origins, theological studies, and cultural studies, including non-Western Christian theologies, postcolonial, minority and diaspora studies. Segovia has served on the editorial boards of several academic journals, has worked as consultant for foundations and publishing houses, and has lectured both nationally and internationally. He is also a past president of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians in the United States.

He is editor, with Roland Boer, of The Future of the Biblical Past and of A Postcolonial Commentary on the New Testament Writings, with R. S. Sugirtharajah.

Segovia will preach, lecture and participate in a number of public and academic events during his tenure. Two events are open to the public:

• Dr. Segovia will preach during the annual Archbishop Romero Memorial Service in Perkins Chapel at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 2. His homily is titled “Romero and the Call to Bear Fruit in the World.”

• On Thursday, April 3, Segovia will give a public lecture, “Vatican II in Retrospect: A Lifetime and Welcome Companion,” in the Prothro Great Hall, Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall. Carlos Cardoza-Orlandi, professor of global Christianities and mission studies in the Perkins School, will present a Response. The event begins with refreshments at 5:30 p.m., followed by the Lecture and Response at 6 p.m.

“I am delighted to welcome Dr. Segovia to Perkins School of Theology and to SMU,” said the Rev. Dr. Hugo Magallanes, director of the Center. “He is world class scholar, the current president of the Society of Biblical Literature, and to have him with us for two weeks is a great honor. His teaching and writings are quite influential in general, and in particular in the area of Biblical interpretation from a post-colonial perspective,” he said.

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Biblical scholar to give 35th annual Tate-Willson Lectures Sept. 27-28

Fernando F. SegoviaNew Testament scholar Fernando Segovia will give SMU’s 35th annual Tate-Willson Lectures Sept. 27-28, 2010. The lectures are presented by the University’s Graduate Program in Religious Studies of Dedman College.

Segovia’s Sept. 27 lecture, “Toward Cultural Biblical Criticism: A Vision and Program for the Future,” will take place at 7 p.m. in Room 106, Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall. The Sept. 28 lecture, “A Theological Reading of Scripture? Critical Problematic and Prophetic Vision in the Aftermath and Crossroads of Disciplinary Transformation,” starts at 11:30 a.m. in Room 100, Prothro Hall.

Segovia is the Oberlin Graduate Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity in the Divinity School and the Graduate Department of Religion at Vanderbilt University, where he is also a member of the Center for Latin American Studies. As a critic, his primary areas of interest and research are method and theory in interpretation, ideological criticism and cultural studies, non-Western and minority traditions of interpretation, and Johannine Studies. As a theologian, his primary area of expertise and publication are non-Western theologies, minority theologies, and Latino religion and theology.

Professor Segovia’s recent works include a volume co-edited with R. S. Sugirtharajah, A Postcolonial Commentary on the New Testament Writings (T&T Clark), as well as a volume co-edited with Randall Bailey and Benny Tat-Siong Liew, They Were All Together in One Place? Toward Minority Biblical Criticism (Semeia Studies). He is also co-editor (with Roland Boer) of the forthcoming The Future of the Biblical Past (Semeia Studies).

The Willis M. Tate-Willson Lectureship was established in 1967 through a gift by Dr. and Mrs. J. M. Willson, Sr., of Floydada, Texas. The lectures are named in honor of the University’s 5th President, Willis M. Tate.

Both events are free and open to the public. Free parking in the Meadows Museum garage can be accessed via Schlegel Street off of Bishop Boulevard, just north of Mockingbird Lane. To avoid a $20 parking fee, enter the left lane to the parking garage.

For more information about the Tate-Willson Lectures, contact Lucy Cobbe, 214-768-2432.