—Albert Raboteau will speak on major figures in the Christian prophetic tradition such as Howard Thurman and Thomas Merton October 1–4 at Princeton Seminary—

Princeton, NJ, September 20, 2012–Dr. Albert J. Raboteau, the Henry W. Putnam Professor of Religion at Princeton University, will deliver the Stone Lectures at Princeton Theological Seminary beginning Monday, October 1. The five-lecture series is titled “Christian Visionaries of Radical Social Change in 20th Century America” and will look at some of the major figures in the Christian prophetic tradition, including Dorothy Day, Howard Thurman, Thomas Merton, and Martin Luther King Jr.

raboteauThe schedule for the lectures is as follows:

Monday, October 1, 7:00 p.m. 

Lecture I: “The Prophetic Tradition: Sources and Precedents” 
Tuesday, October 2, 3:00 p.m.

Lecture II: “Doing the Works of Mercy: Dorothy Day, Peter Maurin, and the Catholic Worker Movement”
Tuesday, October 2, 7:00 p.m. 

Lecture III: “The Search for Common Ground: Howard Thurman”
Wednesday, October 3, 7:00 p.m. 

Lecture IV: “Contemplation in a World of Action: Thomas Merton”
Thursday, October 4, 3:00 p.m. 

Lecture V: “Beloved Community: Martin Luther King Jr.”

Raboteau specializes in American religious history. His research and teaching have focused on American Catholic religious history and African American religious movements, and he is currently working on the place of beauty in the history of Eastern and Western Christian spirituality.

He recently coedited with Richard Alba and Josh DeWind, Immigration and Religion in America: Comparative and Historical Perspectives, and has written and updated the twenty-fifth anniversary edition of Slave Religion: The ‘Invisible Institution’ in the Antebellum South. Other publications include A Fire in the Bones: Reflections on African American Religious History and African American Religion: Interpretative Essays in History and Culture, edited with Timothy Fulop.

Raboteau is cochair of the Social Science Research Council Working Group on Religion, Immigration, and Civic Life. He is on the board of directors, Executive Committee of the Association for Religion and Intellectual Life, on the Visiting Committee of Harvard Divinity School, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  

He received his A.B. from Loyola University, his M.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and Marquette University, and his M.Phil. and Ph.D. from Yale University.

The lectures are free and open to the public and will be held in the Main Lounge of the Mackay Campus Center.                                                                                                     

The Stone Lectures were created in 1871 by Levi P. Stone, Esquire, of Orange, New Jersey, a director and also a trustee of the Seminary.

Princeton Seminary was established in 1812 by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church as a post-graduate professional school of theology. Currently celebrating its Bicentennial, Princeton is the largest Presbyterian seminary in the country, with 500 students in six graduate degree programs.

For more information about the lecture series, visit www.ptsem.edu or call the Communications/Publications Office at 609.497.7760.