Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Hispanic Theological Initiative Announces 2010 Book Award and Lecture

An anonymous commenter on this blog told me about this event and, though I can't attend myself, I felt it -- and the book that is receiving the award -- were important enough to share with our viewers directly. Below is Princeton's press release about it with some added hyperlinks for those who want to go further...

The Hispanic Theological Initiative (HTI) at Princeton Theological Seminary has announced that Dr. Michael E. Lee, assistant professor of theology at Fordham University, will receive its annual book prize for 2010. The prize, awarded for his book Bearing the Weight of Salvation: The Soteriology of Ignacio Ellacuría (The Crossroad Publishing Company, 2009), will be presented at HTI’s fourteenth annual summer workshop at Princeton Seminary on Saturday, July 17.

Lee will give a public lecture on the topic of “Head to Ground: Ignacio Ellacuría’s Theology and Praxis” that evening at 7:00 p.m. in Stuart Hall, Room 6, on the Seminary’s main campus. Responding to the lecture will be Dr. Gustavo Gutiérrez, John Cardinal O’Hara Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. Fr. Gutiérrez wrote the foreword to Dr. Lee's book.

A scholarly work that is almost archival in its depth of research, yet clearly written, Lee’s winning entry presents a wonderful introduction in English to the Jesuit priest’s philosophical and theological itinerary. The author, well aware of the extensive writings by others on the same subject matter, is careful in attempting to present how liberation theologies in general, and Ellacuría’s specifically, can converse with the scholarship of this millennium. With its clear and coherent focus, the book is capable of becoming the standard study for a generation invested in the works of liberation theology.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be followed by a reception in the Main Lounge of the Mackay Campus Center. For more information, contact HTI at 609.252.1721 or visit

The Hispanic Theological Initiative manages the newly developed Hispanic Theological Initiative Consortium, made up of eighteen prestigious Ph.D.-granting institutions. Together their mission is to increase the recruitment, retention, and graduation rates of Latina/o Ph.D. students across the nation, and to provide forums to exchange best practices to address the needs of Latina/o faculty and students in theological and religious education. The program provides doctoral-level students with mentoring, workshops, and networking funds. HTI is funded by Lilly Endowment Inc., and Princeton Theological Seminary.

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