Rebel Girl is absolutely thrilled that the first event that has come to her attention that commemorates the 40th anniversary of the publication of Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez's A Theology of Liberation is being sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies at her alma mater, Vanderbilt. And they've put together a terrific list of speakers. I just might have to make a pilgrimage back home...
Here is what is known so far but you can keep up with the program here:
In commemoration of the 40th anniversary of Gustavo Gutiérrez’s landmark A Theology of Liberation, the Vanderbilt Center for Latin American Studies is sponsoring a year-long series of events focusing on the intersection of theology, poverty and politics.
Monday, October 4; 5pm
Understanding Liberation: Theology, Poverty and Education. A Roundtable with Visiting Resource Professor Elsa Tamez, Fernando Segovia, Douglas Meeks, Ted Fischer, and Brian Heuser.
November 8; 7 p.m.; Benton Chapel
Lecture by Gustavo Gutiérrez
Dominican priest, Peruvian theologian, and the author of liberation theology’s foundational text, Gustavo Gutiérrez holds the John Cardinal O’Hara Professorship of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. Details on this event here.
Tuesday, November 16; 7pm; Sarratt Cinema
“Aristide and the Endless Revolution” (2006). Sponsored by International Lens, CLAS and the History Department. Presented by Peter Hudson.
Wednesday, December 1; 7pm Sarratt Cinema
“Romero” (1989). Presented by CLAS and International Lens.
Sunday, December 5; 4pm; Wightman Chapel at Scarritt Bennett Center
Misa Criolla — A musical performance of the native Andean mass based on Liberation Theology tenets. Featuring Nashville’s own Serenatta.
Monday, March 28; 5pm
Ecology, Gender and Liberation in Brazil. A Roundtable with CLAS Visiting Resource Professor Ivone Gebara, Fernando Segovia, and Marshall Eakin
Thursday, April 14
Lecture by Otto Maduro, “Liberation Theologies 2011: Epistemological and Ethico-Political Questions.”
In further good news, CLAS has been named a stand-alone Comprehensive National Resource Center for Latin America. It is one of only 13 to receive the prestigious designation from the Department of Education and, as such, it has just received a $2 million grant to carry out its mission.