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Melanie Harris

CONTACT: Tory Olson, 515-271-1834,

Melanie Harris, an esteemed
scholar in African American religious thought and ethics, will give the
Stringfellow Lecture at Drake University on Tuesday, April 22. The free public
lecture, titled “Is America Possible? Race and Black Religion,” will
start at 7 p.m. in Bulldog Theater in the Olmsted Center, 2875 University Ave.

Harris, assistant professor of
religion and ethics at Texas Christian University, is an ordained minister in
the African Methodist Episcopal Church and holds a doctorate from Union
Theological Seminary in New York City. Her research engages the impact that
race, class, gender and sexual identities have on ethical decision-making.

The Stringfellow Lectureship is a
memorial to the late Ervin E. Stringfellow, professor of New Testament language
and literature at Drake for 41 years. The Cornerstone Class of First Christian
Church established the lectureship in 1962.

The lecture is sponsored by Drake’s Department of Philosophy and Religion and the Center for the Humanities.