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.