Hood Theological Seminary Lecture Series To Feature Distinguished Scholar-Activist


Hood Theological Seminary will hold its annual Ruben L. Speaks Endowed Memorial Lecture Series on Friday and Saturday, October 4 and 5, 2019. This year’s featured presenter is the distinguished scholar-activist Dr. Miguel De La Torre, the Professor of Social Ethics and Latinx Studies at ILiff School of Theology. The lectures, which are free of charge and open to the public, will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 4 and 10:10 a.m. on Saturday, October 5 in Albert J.D. Aymer Center on the Salisbury, NC campus. The theme of the lecture will be titled "Embracing Hopelessness."

Dr. Miguel De La Torre’s academic interest lies in the area of social ethics, specifically in contemporary U.S. thought, specifically how religion affects race, class, and gender oppression. Dr. De La Torrie holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from Temple University, an M.Div. from Southern Baptist Theological University, and M.P.A. from American University, and a B.A. from Florida International University. He presently serves as Professor of Social Ethics and Latinx Studies at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver. Dr. De La Torre has authored over a hundred articles and published thirty-three books (five have won national awards) since obtaining his doctoral in 1999.

A Fulbright scholar, he has taught in Indonesia, Mexico, South Africa, and Germany. Within his guild he served as the 2012 President of the Society of Christian Ethics. Within the academy, he is a past-director to the American Academy of Religion; served as the past chair of the Committee for Racial and Ethnic Minorities in the Profession, past chair of the Ethics Program Section; authored the “AAR Career Guide;” served on the Program Committee, and presently serves on the editorial board of JAAR. Additionally, he is the co-founder and present executive director of the Society of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion and the founding editor of the Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion. A scholar-activist, Dr. De La Torre has written numerous articles in popular media and has served on several civic organizations. Recently, he wrote the screenplay to a documentary on immigration, Trails of Hope and Terror the Movie, which has screened in over eighteen film festivals, winning over seven film awards.

The Ruben L. Speaks Endowed Memorial Lecture Series is named in honor of the late Bishop Ruben Lee Speaks, a gifted African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church leader acknowledged on numerous occasions for his leadership and creative engagement in ministry. Speaks received the Chancellor’s Award from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and the Distinguished Citizen Award from the Brooklyn Advisory Committee of the New York Urban League.

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