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Burchenal Lecture Series

Celebrating the 2018–19 College Program Series Theme:
Citizens: Activism, Poetry & Art

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Is This a Bonhoeffer Moment? Exploring Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Ethic of Responsible Action

Lori Brandt Hale, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Religion, Augsburg University

Tuesday, February 26, 2019, 7:30 p.m., Triton Room

Dr. Lori Brandt Hale will introduce the complicated life, death and legacy of German theologian, pastor, peace activist, (would-be) poet and Nazi-resister Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906–1945) and his influence on contemporary political and theological issues. Special focus will be given to the recent use of the idea that some of those political issues constitute a “Bonhoeffer Moment” as well as sorting out what that means.

Book cover showing African-American woman, author Melanie L. Harris

Ecowomanism: African American Women and Earth Honoring Faiths

Melanie L. Harris, Ph.D., Professor of Religion and Ethics, Texas Christian University; Visiting Professor of Ethical Leadership and Global Environmental Studies, University of Denver

Thursday, March 28, 2019, 7:30 p.m., Fox Hall

Ecowomanism is an approach to environmental ethics that centers the voices of women of African descent and uncovers their contributions to the environmental justice movement. Dr. Melanie L. Harris’s lecture will engage theory and praxis as she introduces the ecowomanist method and discusses the significance of the environmental justice paradigm; a theoretical lens through which one can see the intersections between racial, gender, economic and environmental injustices. The lecture will also invite participants to reflect on their own eco-stories and earth justice commitments.

Previous Burchenal Lectures

  • A New and Unsettling Force: The Poor People’s Campaign and the Fight to End Poverty
    The Rev. Liz Theoharis, Ph.D, Presbyterian Minister, Social Activist and Writer
    Tuesday, October 23, 2018 – 7:30 p.m., Fox Hall
  • The World Is Wrong: Microaggressions, Poetics and the Problem of Evil in Citizen
    Daniel Spoth, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Literature, Eckerd College
    Thursday, September 20, 2018 – 7:30 p.m., Fox Hall
  • Shaved Heads and Celibate Bodies: Gender and Freedom in Female Buddhist Monasticism
    Amy Paris Langenberg, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Eckerd College
    Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 7.30 p.m., Fox Hall