'The Challenge of Race' is Topic For Goodspeed Lecture at Denison
Posted: September 16, 2003
The Denison University Goodspeed Lecture Series presents theologian James H. Cone, the Charles A. Briggs Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology at Union Theological Seminary, to discuss "The Challenge of Race." This All-College Convocation, set for 8 p.m. on Thursday (Sept. 25) in Slayter Auditorium, is free and open to the public. Cone has visited Denison nine times previously, most recently in 2001.
"Beginning with his first work,Black Theology and Black Power, Dr. Cone has set the terms upon which the Christian faith has been interpreted in the black community," says Professor David Woodyard, chair of the religion department at Denison. "He is also the most widely read theologian by Denison students. While relentlessly intellectual, he appeals to general audiences as well."
Cone's lecture is funded by the Goodspeed Lecture Series, which features scholars whose work is in the field of religion or is related to religious issues. The fund is named in honor of the late Edgar J. Goodspeed, an 1890 Denison graduate, who was one of nine biblical scholars who worked on the Revised Standard Version of the Scriptures, published in 1946, which has superseded the King James Version in official usage in many American denominations.
Cone is the author of 11 books includingA Black Theology of Liberation, Martin & Malcom & America: A Dream or Nightmareand, most recently,Risks of Faith: The Emergence of a Black Theology of Liberation, 1968-1998. He has also published more than 150 articles and lectured at more than 1000 colleges, universities, divinity schools and community organizations throughout the United States, Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. "He is credited by many with being the foremost interpreter of the Black Reality in a religious framework," says Woodyard.
Cone serves on the editorial boards of The Journal of Religious Thought, The Journal of the Interdenominational Theological Center, and Sojourners and he is a frequent contributor to many other scholarly publications. His work has been translated into Dutch, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Malayalam, Portuguese and Spanish.
In 1999, Cone was awarded the Fund for Theological Education Award given by the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature for his contributions to theological education and scholarship. He also received a Theological Scholarship and Research Award from the Association of Theological Schools in 1994 and Ebony Magazine's American Black Achievement Award in the category of Religion in 1992. He is the vice president of the Society for the Study of Black Religion and a member of both the American Academy of Religion and the Ecumenical Association of Third World Theologians.
Cone earned bachelor's degrees from both Philander Smith College and Garrett Theological Seminary. He also earned a master's degree (1963) and a doctorate (1965) from Northwestern University. In 1986, Denison awarded Cone an honorary doctor of humane letters degree.
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