A reading from DARLING with author and Mellon Visiting Artist & Thinker, Richard Rodriguez. Followed by conversation on religion, mysticism, sexuality, and place with Serene Jones, president of Union Theological Seminary.
Sponsored by: Columbia University School of the Arts and Union Theological Seminary
Co-sponsered by the following student organizations from Union Theological Seminary: Fierce, the Caucus for Queer People of Color and Queer Caucus
Richard Rodriguez is a journalist, essayist, and contributor to Harper’s Magazine, Mother Jones, the Los Angeles Times, and Time. He is the author of Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez, Days of Obligation: An Argument with My Mexican Father, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and Brown: The Last Discovery of America, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. For many years he was an essayist on PBS's MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour. He is currently a contributing writer and editor for New American Media, a nonprofit news network. He lives in San Francisco, CA. Rodriguez is a Columbia University School of the Arts Mellon Visiting Artist & Thinker this Fall.
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 176-year-old interdenominational seminary, Jones occupies the Johnston Family Chair for Religion and Democracy and has formed Union’s Institute for Women, Religion and Globalization as well as the Institute for Art, Religion and Social Justice. 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 Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. She holds degrees from the University of Oklahoma, Yale Divinity School and Yale University. Jones is ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ. The author of several books including Calvin and the Rhetoric of Piety and Trauma and Grace, Jones is a leading theologian who regularly contributes to scholarly and public discussions on matters of faith, social justice, and public life.
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