Global Issues Lecture Series to be Held Oct. 11

Oct. 10, 2007

by Rebekah Hardage, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

Baylor University's Center for International Education (CIE) will host a lecture by Rosemary Ruether as part of the Global Issues Lecture Series from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, in room 116 of the Draper Academic Building. She will speak on "Why Liberation Theology Is Not Dead and Who Wants to Kill It."

Ruether is a Catholic feminist theologian and Harkness professor emerita at Garrett Theological Seminary and is a member of the graduate faculty of Northwestern University, both located in Evanston, Ill. She teaches courses on the interrelation of Christian theology and history to social justice issues including sexism, racism, poverty, militarism, ecology and interfaith relations.

She is author or editor of more than 45 books, the latest being America, Amerikkka: Elect Nation and Imperial Violence.

Ruether received a bachelor's degree in philosophy in 1958 from Scripps College. She also received a master's degree in ancient history and her doctorate in classics and patristics from Claremont Graduate School in Claremont, Calif. She holds 11 honorary doctorates, the most recent from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

The lecture is free of charge and open to the public.

"Dr. Ruether is a world-renowned professor who has spent a lifetime engaging the issues of faith and learning with regards to social justice, liberation theology and feminism," said Dr. Marc H. Ellis, director of the Center for Jewish Studies at Baylor.

"By actively seeking to create opportunities for international and American students to interact, the Center for International Education seeks to encourage the growth of tolerance, understanding, respect, and compassion," said Dr. Michael Morrison, the Jo Murphy Chair and director of the Center for International Education. "We hope that those who hear Dr. Ruether's lecture will gain a better understanding of her point of view and will better understand how people around the world have reacted to liberation theology."

For more information contact Dr. Lizbeth Souza-Fuertes, director of Latin American Studies at Baylor, at (254) 710-4531 or

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