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Howard Harrod Lecture

2018 Harrod lecture

Vanderbilt University Divinity School announces the 2018 Harrod Lecture

to be delivered by

Maisha Handy

Maisha I. K. Handy, Ph.D.

Vice President of Academic Affairs/Provost

The Interdenominational Theological Center

This is My Body, Broken for You: Intersectionality, Ritual Practice, and Creative Justice

Thursday, November 1, 2018
7:00 P.M.
Divinity School Room 124


About the Harrod Lecturer

Dr. Maisha I. Kariamu Handy began her journey through higher education at Lincoln University (MO) receiving the Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology/Criminal Justice (1989). After relocating to Atlanta, Georgia, she received the Master of Divinity degree with honors from Candler School of Theology, Emory University (1994) and the PhD degree in Religion (Theology & Personality) from Emory University (2002). Dr. Handy currently serves as both the Vice President for Academic Affairs/Provost and Associate Professor of Religion and Education at the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta, Georgia where she has been employed for 18 years.

 As administrator, professor, minister, and activist, Dr. Handy is committed to the struggle for justice and liberation as a womanist scholar/practitioner. During her tenure as faculty at the ITC, Dr. Handy served as the Black Women in Church and Society Womanist Scholar (2006-2007). She is the author of “Fighting the Matrix: Toward a Womanist Pedagogy for the Black Churchin The Journal of the Interdenominational Theological Center and co-author of “Getting Real” in Keep It Real: Working with Today’s Black Youth. Dr. Handy founded the Holla If You Hear Me! hip hop forum, a series that engages the hip hop generation, the church, and the academy in community dialogue. Dr. Handy was appointed by the Association of Theological School’s (ATS) as the Historically Black Theological Schools Peer Group Reporter for the Educational Models and Practices initiative. She continues her work in higher education administration as a womanist committed to the unique HBCU experience of theological education found at the ITC.

 Dr. Handy’s work is inextricably connected to her work as a pastor who is building a radically inclusive community that strives to live out the clarion call of liberation theologies. Known as “Pastor K,” Dr. Handy is a minister and theologian who is dedicated to pastoral mentoring and prophetic preaching. She currently serves as the pastor of Rize Community Church in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Handy was licensed (1991) and ordained (1994) to the gospel ministry at First Baptist Congregational Church of Chicago (Baptist/UCC) and ordained as a Ruling Elder in the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta (2011). She is currently a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). After 5 years of serving as the pastor of Rize, the Rize Leadership Team continues to work together to develop a growing and thriving church community that strive to bringing healing and transformation to the world by the Holy Spirit and the liberating work of Jesus Christ and the Church.

 About the Harrod Lecture 

The Howard L. Harrod Lecture was established to honor Harrod, the Oberlin Alumni Professor of Social Ethics and Sociology of Religion, who taught for more than 30 years at Vanderbilt. Harrod worked extensively in environmental ethics and activism and was an advocate for new ways of understanding the relationships of humans with the animal and natural worlds. Past Harrod Lectures have been delivered by Catherine Keller, Ray Suarez, David Loy, Tom Dillehay, Mark D. Jordan, and Norman K. Gottwald, Melissa Snarr, and Dennis Dickerson.