• Mahle Lecture

    Mahle Lecture in Progressive Christian Thought

    Each year a progressive religious scholar is invited to campus for several days of speaking and teaching in our community, so that we have the chance to interact with the scholar in a personal way.

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    2018 Mahle Lecture: Hearing Earth in our Time: Ecowomanism, African American Women, and Earth-Honoring Faiths

    Dr. Melanie L. Harris will give the keynote lecture for this year's Mahle Lecture in progressive Christian thought. Dr. Harris's lecture will be based on her book Ecowomanism, African American Women, and Earth Honoring Faiths (Orbis Books, 2017).

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     Event details 
    Date: Friday, April 27, 2018 
    Time: 7:30–9 p.m. 
    Location: Anderson Center, Hamline University, 1536 Hewitt Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55104 
    Cost: free  

    Reserve your free ticket


    Also featuring a workshop by Dr. Harris on "Ecowomanism and Social Justice:"

    Saturday, April 28th
    9 AM to noon, FREE
    Hamline Church United Methodist
    1514 Englewood Ave, St Paul, MN 55104 
    parking free in church lot behind church
    Enter through glass doors on the south side of the church

    Interactive workshop for religious leaders—laity and clergy—who seek to embody earth-honoring faith in their diverse communities. 

    RSVP to Rev. Nancy Victorin-Vangerud, nvictorinvangerud01@hamline.edu or 651-523-2750


    Dr. Melanie L. Harris is founding director of African American and Africana studies and full professor of religion and ethics at TCU. She also serves as an American Council of Education (ACE) Fellow at the University of Denver. A graduate of the Harvard Leadership Program, her research focuses on ethical leadership, equity, and access in higher education and womanist ethics and the environment. She is the author of many scholarly articles and books including Gifts of Virtue: Alice Walker and Womanist Ethics (Palgrave), Ecowomanism: Earth Honoring Faiths (Orbis), and Ecowomanism, Religion and Ecology (Brill), and she is coeditor of Faith, Feminism, and Scholarship: The Next Generation with Kate M. Ott (Palgrave). Dr. Harris is a former broadcast journalist who worked as a news producer for ABC, CBS, and NBC affiliates and has served as an educational consultant with the Ford Foundation; the Forum for Theological Exploration; and the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion, Lilly Endowment Inc. She is on the executive board of the Society for the Study of Black Religion and has served on the board of directors of KERA-TV/Radio, the American Academy of Religion, and the Society of Christian Ethics. Dr. Harris has been awarded several prestigious awards and academic fellowships, including the AddRan College of Liberal Arts Administration Fellowship and GreenFaith Fellowship. Dr. Harris earned her PhD and MA degrees from Union Theological Seminary in New York City, a master’s in divinity from Iliff School of Theology, and a BA from Spelman College.