The Rev. James Lawson to speak on religion and culture

Civil rights leader and non-violent activist the Rev. James Lawson will speak at Vanderbilt University this month as part of the University Seminar in Religion and Culture.

Lawson, Distinguished University Professor at Vanderbilt and a fellow at Vanderbilt’s Center for the Study of Religion and Culture, will speak at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11, in Benton Chapel on the Vanderbilt campus.

The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

Lawson’s lecture is titled “Moving Ourselves from Unknown Peril to Noble Vision.”

Lawson is spending the current academic year at Vanderbilt, the school that expelled him in 1960 because of his work advising civil rights protestors in Nashville. His return to Vanderbilt has been featured by media across the country.

Lawson continues to teach non-violent techniques for social change and is the pastor emeritus of Holman United Methodist Church in Los Angeles. Vanderbilt’s University Seminar in Religion and Culture is presented by the university’s Center for the Study of Religion and Culture and supported by a gift from Burt Bogitsh, emeritus professor of biology at Vanderbilt, and his family in honor of Mafoi Carlisle Bogitsh.

Media contact: Jim Patterson, (615) 322-NEWS

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