2013 Earl Lectures Keynote: Rev. Dr. Miguel A. De La Torre
The Rev. Dr. Miguel A. De La Torre is Professor of Social Ethics and Latino/a Studies at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado was elected President of the Society of Christian Ethics in 2012 gave his keynote lecture "Focus on the Undocumented Family" at the 2013 Earl Lectures.
To focus on the family is to exclude immigrant families which are forced to live in the shadows of the normalized and legitimized families of the dominant culture. Seldom do we ask why "they" come. Why will some leave their loved ones behind to travel on death-causing trails to come here? And once here, how do they survive in an atmosphere designed to deny their humanity? This presentation will 1) explore the forces that cause Latin American immigration and its impact on the family; 2) explore the trails that are taken and the human cost of crossing borders; and 3) ask what it means to be a family once here. In short, the presentation will focus on the undocumented Latino family.
Dr. De La Torre has received several national book awards and is a frequent speaker at national scholarly religious conferences focusing upon topics concerning the intersection of race, class, and gender within religion.
Since obtaining his doctorate in 1999, Dr. De La Torre has authored numerous articles and books, including the award-winning Reading the Bible from the Margins, (Orbis, 2002); Santería: The Beliefs and Rituals of a Growing Religion in America (Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2004); and Doing Christian Ethics from the Margins, (Orbis, 2004). Within the academy he has served as a director to the Society of Christian Ethics and the American Academy of Religion. Additionally, he has been co-chair of the Ethics Section at the American Academy of Religion.In 2012 he received a Fulbright, teaching a course on post-colonialism and Christianity in Indonesia.