January 25, 2010

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University will host the Douglas Sturm Dialogue, "Justice, Reparation, and Forgiveness: Finding a Moral Vocabulary for America's Racial Future," on Thursday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m. in the Gallery Theatre of the Elaine Langone Center.

The dialogue, which is free and open to the public, will feature guest speakers Robin W. Lovin and Victor Anderson.

Lovin, who is the Cary Maguire University Professor of Ethics at Southern Methodist University, has served as dean of Perkins School of Theology at SMU and as a faculty member at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago. His books include Reinhold Niebuhr and Christian Realism, Christian Ethics: An Essential Guide, and Christian Realism and the New Realities.

Anderson, who is Professor of Christian Ethics at Vanderbilt Divinity School, also is a professor of African-American studies and religious studies. He is the author of three books: Beyond Ontological Blackness: An Essay on African American Religious and Cultural Criticism; Pragmatic Theology: Negotiating the Intersections of an American Philosophy and Religion; and Public Theology and Creative Exchange: A Constructive Theology of African American Religious Experience.

Sponsored by the departments of religion and political science and the Social Justice College, the dialogue is held in honor of Douglas Sturm, emeritus professor of religion, who for more than 35 years served Bucknell with distinction as a teacher and scholar in both the political science and religion departments.

In his honor, his friends, students and colleagues endowed a Dialogue on Ethics and Social Justice, designed to bring to campus two distinguished thinkers in the principal areas that have preoccupied Sturm throughout his life.

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