Center for the Study of Latino/a Christianity and Religions


Center for the Study of Latino/a Christianity and Religions

November 1, 2017

A Religious Re-Awakening in Cuba Today
An Interdisciplinary Dialogue and Photography Exhibition
"Living while Singing [that] God is with him-- Life is a Carnival"*

Since the 1990's the once suppressed religious life has flowed into mainline society and is experienced a re-awakening. Cuban singer Celia Cruz's lyrics from "La Vida es un Carnaval"* expresses the island's popular religious resiliency to colonial conquest, tenacity for independence and post-Soviet Union life. How this religious re-awakening both shapes and is shaped by US-Cuba economic, historical and political relationships is the topic of this interdisciplinary dialogue.

Dr. Carlos Cardoza-Orlandi and Dr. David C. LaFevor will be our guest speakers for this event hosted by The Center for the Study of Latino/a Christianity and Religion in partnership with the SMU Department of World Languages and Literature's Cuba NOW! Series. 

Prothro Great Hall - Prothro 121
5:30 pm reception; 6:00 pm program
Free-- RSVP Required

March 9, 2018

Shaping Theological Education: The Latinx Body & Pedagogy: Practical & Institutional Considerations
Seminar for Pre-Tenure Faculty and Ph.D. candidates

There is no way around it-- to teach requires a physicality, an embodiment, that impacts, consciously or not, what happens in the classroom. What does this mean specifically for Latinx faculty as they engage their students and respond to the many faceted demands of the institutions where they are employed (which includes the faculty "body" to which they belong)? This one-day workshop will provide a space to critically explore these and other questions related to the core issue-- what does it mean to be Latinx and to teach in higher education in the U.S. today?

Dr. Daisy Machado, Professor of American Church History at Union Theological Seminary in New York City will lead our workshop. 

The Center for the Study of Latino/a Christianity and Religions will review all applications and ten (10) applicants will receive a full scholarship that includes travel, hotel, meals, and registration. Scholarship recipients will be selected based on their responses to the application questions, as well as one letter of recommendation from the Dean of the school (for pre-tenure faculty) or Director of the Ph.D. program (for Ph.D. students).  

Application deadline for scholarship consideration is October 8th. Apply online.

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March 23–25, 2015 

Bishop Medardo Gomez Visits Perkins

Bishop Medardo Gomez at Perkins School of Theology, Embrey Human Rights Program, Southern Methodist University SMU

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 March 31 – April 11, 2014 


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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

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Dr. Miguel H. Díaz

Dr. Miguel H. Díaz Public Lecture:
“Revisiting the Garden of Eden: God, Communal Relations, and the Quest for Peace”
Response by Dr. Charles E. Curran, Elizabeth Scurlock University Professor of Human Values at SMU
Perkins Chapel – 5:00 pm

Thanks to a collaboration between Perkins School of Theology and University Park United Methodist Church in Dallas, Dr. Díaz will preach at University Park UMC Sunday, December 8, at 11:00 am.

Dr. Miguel H. Díaz is University Professor of Faith and Culture at Dayton University, and former United States Ambassador to the Holy See in Rome, Italy.

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February 21, 2013

Dr. Arlene Sánchez Walsh Keynote Public Lecture –
Great Hall of Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall, 7:00 pm

Dr. Arlene Sánchez Walsh is a visiting scholar sponsored by the Center for the Study of Latino/a Christianity and Religions at Perkins School of Theology, and 2012-2013 visiting professor at Perkins.

Fr. Miguel Ventura – March 20-21, 2012
Public Lecture: The 40th Anniversary of Liberation
Co-sponsored with the Embrey Human Rights Program
Chapel service in memory of Archbishop Oscar Romero

"Environmental Justice and Maquilladora Murders" – April 26, 2012
Presenter: Dr. Daisy L. Machado | Respondent: Dr. Evelyn Parker
An event in the "Migration Matters" series, with the Embrey Human Rights Program at SMU

Dr. Elsa Tamez, Sermon and Lecture  February 15-16, 2012

La Mujer in Latino Literature: The New Mestizaje and Its Social and Spiritual Dimensions
Interdisciplinary Dialogue  April 19, 2011 

Crypto Judaism in the American Southwest: Hidden Religious Roots of Hispanic Peoples – April 25, 2010

A Struggle for Social Justice: The Chicano Voice of Julian Samora
How Does His Legacy Respond to Conservatives’ Attacks on Churches That Preach Social Justice?
– April 14, 2010