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Dwight Hopkins to deliver Parks-King lecture following Black Alumni Forum

Dwight Hopkins, professor of theology at the University of Chicago Divinity School, is the featured speaker at the 2007 Parks-King Lecture on Feb. 6, which will be proceeded by a Black Alumni Forum on the topic "Black Theologies: Pulpit, Academy, Pew." The panel will begin at 3:30 and, the lecture, at 5:15, both in Marquand Chapel, followed by a reception in the Sarah Smith Gallery.

Hopkins is a constructive theologian working in the areas of contemporary models of theology, black theology, and liberation theologies. He is particularly interested in multidisciplinary approaches to the academic study of religious thought, especially cultural, political, economic, and interpretive methods.

Hopkins's latest works are Being Human: Race, Culture, and Religion ; Loving the Body: Black Religious Studies and the Erotic (coeditor); Heart and Head: Black Theology-Past, Present, and Future ; Introducing Black Theology of Liberation ; Down, Up and Over: Slave Religion and Black Theology ; and Black Faith and Public Talk: Essays in Honor of James Cone's Black Theology and Black Power (editor). His previous texts include Black Theology USA and South Africa: Politics, Culture, and Liberation ; Shoes That Fit Our Feet: Sources for a Constructive Black Theology ; and We Are One Voice: Essays on Black Theology in South Africa and the USA (coeditor). He is an editor of Religions/Globalizations: Theories and Cases ; Changing Conversations: Religious Reflection and Cultural Analysis ; and Liberation Theologies, Postmodernity and the Americas . Hopkins is senior editor of the Henry McNeil Turner/Sojourner Truth Series in Black Religion (Orbis Books). He is an ordained American Baptist minister.

He earned an M.Div., M.Phil., and Ph.D. at Union Theological Seminary in New York and another Ph.D. at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.

Members of the accompanying Black Alumni Forum panel include Dr. William "Bill" Jones, former YDS faculty member; Rev. Enrique Brown '74 M.Div.; Dr. Emilie Townes, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of African American Religion and Theology; Rev. Anthony "Tony" Stanley '62 M.Div.; Rev. Dr. Flora Wilson Bridges '86 M.Div.; Rev. Frederick "Jerry" Streets '75 M.Div. (moderator) and Yale University Chaplain

The Parks-King lecture, hosted by the divinity school since 1983, commemorates the legacies of Rosa Parks and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Its goal is to bring the contributions of African American scholars, social theorists, pastors and social activists, to Yale Divinity School and to the wider New Haven community.


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