Escobedo Saint John's Bible Lecture

Thursday, November 18, 2021
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (CT)
Event Type
Career Development
Alicia Tait, D.M.A.
Center for Catholic Studies

U.S. Immigration and Biblical Interpretation: The Politics of Belonging

By Francisco Lozada Jr., Ph.D.

Thursday, Nov. 18
7 to 8:30 p.m.
Assumption Chapel

Lozada will explore how Biblical interpretation is deeply linked to the geopolitical realities of the day. By examining the impact of U.S. immigration policies on ethnic/racial groups from the 19th century to the present, the presentation explores how the history of biblical interpretation takes on similar racial scripts of belonging in its aims and purposes.

Lozada is the Charles Fischer Catholic Professor of New Testament and Latinx Studies and Director of the Borderlands Institute at Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth. Lozada holds a doctorate in New Testament and Early Christianity from Vanderbilt University. He is a past co-chair of the Johannine Literature Section, past chair of the Program Committee of the Society of Biblical Literature, and a past member of the Society of Biblical Literature's Council.

He is a past president of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States. Lozada’s most recent publications (co-edited, Latino/a Theology and the Bible, 2021; The Gospel of John: History, Community and Ideology, 2020; Toward a Latino/a Biblical Interpretation, 2017; and co-edited, Latino/a Biblical Hermeneutics: Problematic, Objectives, and Strategies). His research concerns cultural and ideological interpretation while exploring how the biblical text is employed and deployed in ethnic/racial communities. As a teacher, he co-led several travel seminars to El Paso and to Nogales, Arizona, to study life and society in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands.



About the lecture series: Thanks to a generous gift from former Board of Trustees Chairman Ruben Escobedo, a 1960 graduate of St. Mary’s, and his wife Veronica Salazar Escobedo, the Escobedo Saint John’s Bible Lecture Series was created and allows St. Mary’s University to share the remarkable illuminated pages with members of the St. Mary’s community, and with faith communities from across Texas and the nation. Each year, outstanding biblical scholars are invited to campus to give public presentations to enhance the interdisciplinary nature of our campus and community learning, while connecting our students and community to the creative, scholarly, and spiritual possibilities of the Saint John’s Bible currently on campus. 

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