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Howard Harrod Lecture

Vanderbilt University Divinity School announces the 2021 Harrod Lecture

to be delivered by

Jennifer Harvey



Jennifer Harvey, Ph.D.

Associate Provost of Campus Equity and Inclusion

Drake University


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Date and Time

November 8, 2021

7:00 pm CT

Becoming the Ancestors* We all Deserved: In A Time When Fundamentalisms All Fail 

These are the days in which we live: when even imagining there will be generations to come—let alone that life conditions will allow them anything close to thriving—requires nothing short of audacious hope; when the gentleness and rest all of our souls must have seems enemy to the urgency and intensity needed to create conditions on which our survival, in fact, depends: the end of white supremacy, earth-killing capitalism and so much more. *Laayla F. Saad’s invitation to become a “good ancestor” offers a local, embodied ethic through to grapple with the wholistic changes we must make and the fundamentalist habits (they’re everywhere!) we must eschew to plant ourselves with courage, wisdom and depth in this particular time and particular place and with this particular set of circumstances. Precisely the kind of grappling our descendants deserve.

About the Harrod Lecturer

Dr. Jennifer Harvey is a writer, teacher, and activist who has long been engaged in work for racial justice and white antiracism. Her books include the New York Times bestseller Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in Racially Unjust America and Dear White Christians: For Those Still Longing for Racial Reconciliation. Dr. Harvey has written for the New York Times, CNN and countless other publications and is a widely sought public speaker. She has appeared on nationally syndicated television and radio programs, including Good Morning America and CNN’s Town Hall on Racism with Sesame Street, and as a guest on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” with Michel Martin and “It’s Been a Minute” with Sam Sanders. Dr. Harvey has been on faculty at Drake University for nearly 20 years and currently serves as the Associate Provost for Campus Equity and Inclusion. She is also ordained in the American Baptist Churches (USA).

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.