posted March 19, 2001

Hope Hosts Danforth Lecture

Dr. Fernando F. Segovia of The Divinity School of Vanderbilt University will present the address "Revisioning the American Dream: A Latino Theological Perspective" as this year's Danforth Lecture at Hope College on Tuesday, April 3, at 3:30 p.m. in Winants Auditorium of Graves Hall.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

Segovia is professor of New Testament and early Christianity at The Divinity School of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. He has been on the university's faculty since 1984.

His teaching and research encompass early Christian origins, theological studies and cultural studies. His many interests include Johannine studies; the history of the discipline; minority Christian theologies in the West, particularly focusing on Hispanic Americans; post-colonial studies; and minority studies.

Segovia is a past president of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians in the United States. In 1998 he received the academy's Virgilio Elizondo Award, presented for outstanding contribution to Hispanic American religion and theology by an individual.

He has written or edited numerous publications, including "Decolonizing Biblical Studies: A View from the Margins"; "Interpreting Beyond Borders"; "Teaching the Bible: The Discourses and Politics of Biblical Pedagogy;" "Latino/Hispanic American Theology: Challenge and Promise"; "Discipleship in the New Testament"; "Love Relationships in the Johannine Tradition: Agape/Agapan in I John and the Fourth Gospel"; and the first and second volumes of "Reading from This Place": "Social Location and Biblical Interpretation in the United States," and "Social Location and Biblical Interpretation in Global Perspective."

Segovia is also the author of numerous scholarly articles. He has served on the editorial boards of a variety of academic journals, has worked as a consultant for foundations and publishing houses, and has lectured widely both nationally and internationally.

He holds his bachelor's degree in philosophy from Pontifical College Josephinum, and his master's and doctorate in theology from the University of Notre Dame.

The Danforth Lecture is sponsored by the Hope College department of religion with support from an endowment established by the Danforth Foundation of St. Louis, Mo. The program was established by the foundation "to deepen and enlarge the religious dimension of the campus family through speakers whom can reflect on the broad, interdenominational and yet positive sense of the Judaeo-Christian perspectives of life and existence."

Some of the many distinguished scholars who have visited the campus through the program in the past include Dr. Martin E. Marty of the University of Chicago Divinity School; Dr. Lewis B. Smedes of Fuller Theological Seminary; Dr. Phyllis Trible of Union Theological Seminary; and Dr. Nicholas Wolterstorff of Yale Divinity School.

Graves Hall is located on College Avenue at Graves Place (11th Street).