The fifth edition of the Davide Zordan Lecture will be held as a live-streamed event on December 14, at 5.30 p.m.

David Zordan was a researcher at the Center for Religious Studies of FBK for more than ten years until his untimely death in 2015. He was trained as a systematic theologian in Brescia and Louvain and, during his career, much of his research was devoted to the experience of faith and his modern transformations. In tune with the Center’s mission to study the interaction between religion and innovation, the Davide Zordan Lecture focuses on the role of theology in a secular society.

This year’s conference will be delivered by Shawn Copeland, who is professor emerita at Boston College and holder of The McDonald Chair at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. Taking her cue from a provocative question posed by the Reverend Oscar Pratt II in his live-streamed homily in the seventh week of suspended in-person celebrations of the Eucharist, due to the global spread of the coronavirus, she will get to the heart of the Gospel’s proclamation of the reign of God. What is the meaning of that proclamation? What are the implied demands of that reign? And what are the possibilities of living out those demands in the here-and-now?

The lecture will be given in English with Italian subtitles and will be broadcast on FBK’s YouTube channel.

Questions to the speaker can be posted in the comment space on YouTube or sent by email to [email protected].


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  • Besides being a faculty member at Boston College, Copeland taught at Yale Divinity School and Marquette University. In addition, she served for 12 years as a summer adjunct-faculty member of the Institute for Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University of New Orleans. She retired from Boston College in 2019. A frequent lecturer on college and university campuses, Copeland addresses topics related to theological anthropology, political theology, social suffering, gender and race. She is recognized as one of the most influential voices of African American Catholics. She is the author of “Enfleshing Freedom: Body, Race and Being” (Fortress Press, 2010) and “The Subversive Power of Love: The Vision of Henriette Delille” (Paulist Press, 2009). She is the principal editor of “Uncommon Faithfulness: The Black Catholic Experience” and co-editor with Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza of “Feminist Theologies in Different Contexts” and “Violence Against Women.” Copeland has been the recipient of several awards, including the Yves Congar Award for Excellence in Theology from Barry University, Miami, Florida. She is a member of numerous academic societies such as The Catholic Theological Society of America, The American Academy of Religion, The Society for the Study of Black Religion and The Black Catholic Theological Symposium.


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