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Spring Religious Studies Lecture Series Featuring Dr. Musa W. Dube

Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2023 | 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

  • Olivia Hanks Cosby, Ed.D., Academic Center Auditorium

Musa W. Dube Speaks at Spelman CollegeThe Spelman College community is cordially invited to the 2023 Spring Religious Studies Lecture Series featuring Musa W. Dube, Ph.D., on Feb. 15, 2023, at 5 p.m., in the Olivia Hanks Cosby, Ed.D., Academic Center Auditorium. Dr. Dube's timely lecture is "In the Beginning When God Created: Reading Genesis 1 in the Context of Earth Crisis."

Today's environmental crisis calls us to re-read the story of creation for eco-justice. The re-reading of the book of Genesis 1 seeks to reassert the self-evident ecological model that views human beings as species within the larger Earth community, inevitably interconnected with other ecosystems, arising from them, and dependent upon these systems for survival, and not above or apart from them.

About the Lecturer

Dr., Dube is the William Ragsdale Cannon Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Emory University's Candler School of Theology, in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Prior to joining Candler's faculty in 2021, Dr. Musa W. Dube served as professor of New Testament in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Botswana. She has held positions at the World Council Churches, Scripps College, Union Theological Seminary, University of Stellenbosch, University of Bamberg, and University of South Africa.

Particularly known for her work as a postcolonial feminist theologian, her research interests include gender, postcolonialism, translation, and HIV and AIDS studies. Her research has been supported by awards from the John Templeton Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the World Council of Churches, and the Society for Biblical Literature, among others. In 2011, she received a Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, one of academia’s most prestigious funding institutions.

Dube has authored 262 academic works, published in journals, books, encyclopedias, educational modules, and magazines, and has edited 12 volumes. Her first book, Postcolonial Feminist Interpretation of the Bible (Chalice Press, 2000), challenges the often oppressive and patriarchal Western interpretations of biblical texts and offers an alternative, less imperial interpretation that attends to and respects needs of women. Her book The HIV and AIDS Bible: Some Selected Essays (Scranton Press, 2008) examines the HIV/AIDS crisis in light of biblical and ethical teachings and argues for a strong theological presence alongside economic, social, and political efforts to deal with the disease.

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