Event Sponsors Include: The Center for the Study of Latino/a Christianity and Religions · Ignite/Arts Dallas: A Center for People, Purpose, Place at SMU Meadows School of the Arts · The SMU Meadows Division of Theatre

Event Partners Include: The Roy Barton Lecture · Ignite Dallas of the SMU Meadows School of the Arts


Free registration will be open through September 13, 2019.




Witness a performance of "Elvira:
The Immigration Play" on Friday,
September 20.

Jessica Carmona, Award-winning
Playwright and Actor



September 20-21, 2019

Free and open to the public | Registration is required

Featuring Latina feminist Daisy Machado, political sociologist Eduardo Bonilla-Silva and biblical scholar Fernando Segovia

The Center for the Study of Latino/a Christianity and Religions of Perkins School of Theology/SMU will host a free, two-day event that will gather Latinx scholars, artists, religious leaders and community activists to explore how academic research, religious practices, the arts, and public engagement address the current social climate of Latino/a-phobia, gendered and race-based public policy. Come and dialogue that, together, we might find solidarity in our work for a future marked by Divine compassion. 



Keynote Speakers

Fernando Segovia
Vanderbilt Divinity School
Roy Barton Lecture Speaker

Daisy Machado
Union Theological Seminary

Eduardo Bonilla-Silva
Duke University

Dr. Fernando Segovia, Oberlin Graduate Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at Vanderbilt Divinity School, will be the featured keynote speaker at the Roy Barton Lecture. Dr. Segovia's research encompasses early Christian origins, theological studies, and cultural studies. His research interests include the history of the Biblical discipline and its construction of early Christian antiquity, non-Western Christian theologies, especially from Latin America and the Caribbean, postcolonial studies and minority studies. He is also a past president of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians in the United States.

Dr. Daisy Machado from Union Theological Seminary of NYC and Dr. Eduardo Bonilla-Silva of Duke University are also featured keynote speakers. The first day of the event, led by Dr. Machado,  will focus on how current events happening on the U.S. - Mexico border impact women. In the evening, a performance of the original play, “Elvira: The Immigration Play” by NYC Latina playwright Jessica Carmona will be staged. The second day, led by Dr. Bonilla-Silva, will focus on racism and the rising nativism in the U.S. that is shaping culture, politics, economics and faith. Arts of the spoken word, visual and musical, as well as interdisciplinary panel discussions will all be a part of this rich, expressive event on both days. 



Panelists for Daisy Machado

Maria-Jose Recinos
Dallas Community Leader

Maria Pilar Aquino
Claremont School of Theology

Mayra Picos-Lee
Palmer Seminary
Pastoral Care Professor


Panelists for Eduardo Bonilla-Silva


Bishop Minerva Carcaño
UMC California-Nevada Conference

Neil Foley
SMU Dedman College

George Martinez
SMU Dedman School of Law
Immigration Specialist



Members of the community may attend part or all of this event. Please see the event schedule below and register to make your selections. Although this is a free event, registration is required to attend.

Online registration will be open through September 13, 2019. On site registration in the Prothro Hall Foyer at 5901 Bishop Blvd., Dallas, TX 75275 will be available at the times listed below.

Friday, September 20 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday, September 21 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Meals cannot be guaranteed for those registering after September 13, 2019.





Friday, September 20
11 to 11:30 a.m.      

Conference Opening - Theme Interpretation through Poetry and Song  

Prothro Great Hall
11:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.  

Buffet Lunch and Roy Barton Lecture with Fernando Segovia

Prothro Great Hall 
1:45 to 2 p.m. 


2 to 2:45 p.m. 

Keynote Speaker - Daisy Machado

Meadows School, Hope Lobby  
2:45 to 3 p.m.  


3 to 5 p.m. 

Panel Discussion with Daisy Machado

Meadows School, Hope Lobby  
5 to 5:45 p.m. 

Reception, Art Exhibit, and Conversation with Artists

Meadows School, Hope Lobby 
5:45 to 6 p.m.  Break  
6 to 7 p.m.  Dinner Prothro Great Hall 
7 to 7:30 p.m.  Break  
7:30 to 9 p.m.  Play ("Elvira: The Immigration Play" by Jessica Carmona) Meadows School, Hope Theater 


Saturday, September 21
8 to 9:45 a.m.
PhD Fellows and Faculty Breakfast - by invitation only  Location TBD
9:45 to 10:30 a.m.  Break 
10:30 to 11 a.m.
Spoken Word and Theme Interpretation
Prothro Great Hall   
11 to 11:45 a.m. 

Keynote Speaker - Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, addressing the theme
of resurgent racism seen in Latino-phobia and human rights
violations on the border                                                                                      

Prothro Great Hall  
11:45 a.m. to 12 p.m.       Break  
12 to 1 p.m.  Buffet Lunch  Prothro Great Hall 
1 to 3 p.m.  Panel Discussion with Eduardo Bonilla-Silva  Prothro Great Hall 
3 to 3:15 p.m.  Break  
3:15 to 4 p.m.  Worship Celebration with guest preacher Bishop Minerva Carcaño  Meadows School, Taubman Atrium 
4 to 5 p.m.  Closing Reception Meadows School, Room TBD



The Center for the Study of Latino/a Christianity and Religions conducts its programming at Perkins School of Theology on the campus of Southern Methodist University. The registration table will be set up in the Prothro Hall Foyer at 5901 Bishop Blvd., Dallas, TX 75275. Parking will be available on campus and a parking permit will be emailed prior to the event. Paper permits will be available at the registration table for those registering on site. 


If you have special needs, please contact our office at (214)768-4092 so that arrangements can be made to facilitate your attendance at this event. 


Please visit the SMU website for a list of hotels in the area, many of whom offer a special discounted rate for those visiting SMU and Perkins School of Theology.



If you have questions or would like more information about The Center for the Study of Latino/a Christianity and Religions, please feel free to contact us at (214)768-4092 or at 

Rev. Dr. Isabel Docampo
Director, Center for the Study of Latino/a Christianity and Religions
Co-Director of the Intern Program
Professor of Supervised Ministry
Southern Methodist University
Dallas, TX 75275-0133
Office: 301 Kirby Hall


Sponsored by The Center for the Study of Latino/a Christianity and Religions in collaboration with Ignite/Arts Dallas: A Center for People, Purpose, Place at SMU Meadows School of the Arts and the SMU Meadows Division of Theatre | (214) 768-4092 |

Partners for this event include The Roy Barton Lecture and Ignite Dallas of the Meadows School of the Arts, SMU.



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