Contact: Melanie O’Brien or Ellen Sterner (214) 768-7650

May 5, 2004


WHAT: Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza (click photo at right for larger image) will receive an honorary doctor of divinity from SMU on May 15. She is the Krister Stendahl Professor of Divinity at the Harvard School of Divinity. Fiorenza’s view of the Bible as a place where political battles are fought has earned her both praise and criticism over the years. A symposium paying tribute to Fiorenza will include leading theologians discussing her work and is presented by the SMU Perkins School of Theology and the Office of the Provost.

1:30 p.m. Friday, May 14
A Service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance: “In Memory of Her”

2:00 p.m. Friday, May 14
“ A Critical Emancipatory Discourse: Rethinking the Practices and Ethics of Theological Studies”

4:00 p.m. Friday, May 14
Reception at Bridwell Library, 6005 Bishop Boulevard (map at

WHERE: Perkins Chapel, 6001 Bishop Boulevard, service and panel discussion
Bridwell Library, reception
COST: Free and open to the public

Abraham Smith, associate professor of the New Testament at the SMU Perkins School of Theology;

Emilie Townes, Carolyn Williams Beaird Professor of Christian Ethics at Union Theological Seminary;

Jennifer Knust, assistant professor of religious studies at College of the Holy Cross;

Kwok Pui Lan, William F. Cole Professor of Christian Theology and Spirituality at Episcopal Divinity School;

Marjorie Procter-Smith, LeVan Professor of Christian Worship at the SMU Perkins School of Theology.

CONTACT: For more information about the symposium, contact the SMU Perkins School of Theology at 214-768-2335.