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Smith-Willson Lecture: Dr. Serene Jones

2018-2019 Smith-Willson Lecture

Dr. Serene JonesDr. Serene Jones
Thursday, January 24 | 4:00 p.m. | Messenger Recital Hall

What Is Truth?

A highly respected scholar and public intellectual, the Rev. Dr. Serene Jones is the 16th President of the historic Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. The first woman to head the 182-year-old institution, Jones occupies the Johnston Family Chair for Religion and Democracy. She is a Past President of the American Academy of Religion, which annually hosts the world’s largest gathering of scholars of religion. Jones came to Union after seventeen years at Yale University, where she was the Titus Street Professor of Theology at the Divinity School, and Chair of the University’s Program in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. The author of several books including Trauma and Grace, Jones, a popular public speaker, is sought by media to comment on major issues impacting society because of her deep grounding in theology, politics, women’s studies, economics, race studies, history, and ethics.  Learn more


(1995). Calvin and the Rhetoric of Piety. Louisville, KY: Westminster, John Knox Press.
(2000). Feminist Theory and Christian Theology: Cartographies of Grace. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press. 
(2009). Trauma and Grace: Theology in a Ruptured World. Louisville, KY: Presbyterian Publishing Corporation.

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