CLAREMONT, Calif. – Dr. Shayne L. Lee, renowned author, commentator, and associate professor of sociology at Tulane University, New Orleans, is the 2011 Martin Luther King, Jr. lecturer at Claremont School of Theology. The annual event is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m. in Mudd Theater on the school's campus.
A prominent interpreter of contemporary American religion and culture, Lee has appeared on CNN and Good Morning America, and has offered expert commentary in the New York Times, Washington Post, U.S.A. Today, The Atlantic, and various other periodicals.
"Dr. Lee is a dynamic speaker and innovative thinker who is sure to challenge us with his insights," says Rev. Dr. Jerry D. Campbell, president of the school. "We are privileged for him to contribute to the legacy of this remarkable event at Claremont."
Lee's first book, T.D. Jakes: America's New Preacher (NYU Press, 2005), analyzes the rise of a prominent African American spiritual leader as a metaphor for changes in the black church and contemporary American religion. His second book, Holy Mavericks: Evangelical Innovators and the Spiritual Marketplace (NYU Press 2009), uses theory of religious economy to study the appeal of celebrity preachers. His latest book, Erotic Revolutionaries: Black Women, Sexuality, and Popular Culture (2010), navigates the uncharted spaces where social conventions, third-wave feminism, and black popular culture collide to locate a new site for sexuality studies that is theoretically innovative, politically subversive, and stylistically chic. Currently he is working on a national study of black clergywomen.
Claremont's King Day Celebration includes a special worship service at 10:30 a.m. in Kresge Chapel featuring Claremont alumnus Rev. Dr. Cecil L. "Chip" Murray (Rel.D., 1964), civic leader and retired Pastor of First AME Church, Los Angeles.
Prior to the lecture by Lee, the annual MLK dinner will be held at 5:30 p.m. in Haddon Conference Center. Reservations and advance payment for the dinner are required. To reserve your place, email PASA@cst.edu or call Janis Brown at 909.447.6335. Online reservations will be available soon at www.cst.edu.
All other Celebration events are free.
Established in 1885, Claremont School of Theology is an ecumenical and inter-religious institution of The United Methodist Church. Additional information and directions are available at www.cst.edu.