Princeton, NJ, March 29, 2012–Dr.
Stacey Floyd-Thomas, associate professor of ethics and society at Vanderbilt
University Divinity School, will deliver the Geddes W. Hanson Lecture at
Princeton Theological Seminary on Monday, April 9 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main
Lounge of the Mackay Campus Center. The title of her lecture is “When Patience
is No Longer a Virtue: Sub Rosa
Amorality in a Postmodern Era.” Hanson was the Seminary’s first African
American professor when he joined the faculty in 1969.
Floyd-Thomas, who is also executive
director of both the Society of Christian Ethics and the Black Religious
Scholars Group, holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from Temple University, a M.T.S. from
Candler School of Theology at Emory University, and a B.A. from Vassar College.
Her research and interests lie at the
intersection of ethics, feminist/womanist studies, Black church studies,
crucial pedagogy, critical race theory, and postcolonial studies with an
overall approach to the study of Christian social ethics that engage broad
questions of moral agency, cultural memory, ethical responsibility and social
A widely published author, Floyd-Thomas
has written Mining the Motherlode:
Methods in Womanist Ethics (Pilgrim Press, 2006), Deeper Shades of Purple: Womanism in Religion and Society (New York
University Press, 2006), and Black Church
Studies: An Introduction (Abingdon Press, 2007), as well as numerous articles
and book chapters. Her current projects include Exodus in America: The Unlikely Alliance between White Jews and Black
Christians, Liberation Theologies: A
Primer, Making It Plain: Approaches
to African American Christian Social Ethics, and The Westminster John Knox Press Dictionary of African American Religion
She has received numerous honors and
awards, including the Texas Christian University Chancellor’s Award for
Distinguished Achievement at a Creative Teacher and Scholar, Brite Divinity
School’s Catherine Saylor Hill Faculty Excellence Award in Scholarship,
Teaching, and Service, the Louise Clark Brittan Faculty Excellence Award in
Teaching, and the American Academy of Religion’s Excellence in Teaching Award.
The Hanson Lecture, a biannual lectureship
established at Princeton Theological Seminary in 1992 by the Association of
Black Seminarians, was named to honor Geddes W. Hanson in recognition of his
outstanding academic and spiritual guidance to the students of Princeton
He earned his Ph.D. from the Seminary in
1972. At the Seminary he taught in the areas of administration and ministry,
specializing in religious groups as complex organizations and in ministry as leadership
within such groups. In 1996, he was named the Charlotte W. Newcombe Professor
of Congregational Ministry; he retired in 2009.
The lecture is free and open to the
public. For more information, please contact the Office of
Communications/Publications at 609.497.7760 or visit www.ptsem.edu.
Celebrating its Bicentennial in 2012, Princeton is the
largest Presbyterian seminary in the country, with more than 500 students in
six graduate degree programs.