The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) Religious Studies Department and the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word were proud to present the 13th Annual Pierre Lecture on Feb. 19 in the CHRISTUS Heritage Hall located at the Village at Incarnate Word.
The 2015 lecture featured a presentation by Dr. Stacey Floyd-Thomas, associate professor of ethics and society at Vanderbilt University Divinity School and College of Arts and Sciences. The lecture titled “Invisibility and Silencing Mechanisms: Generational Angst and the Quest for Social Justice,” examined the impact race, religion and education have on the current generation’s quest for social justice. The lecture coincided with UIW’s celebration of Black History Month.
Floyd-Thomas is also the executive director of both the Society of Christian Ethics and the nationally-acclaimed Black Religious Scholars Group and serves as co-founder of the Society for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Religion. She 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.
A renowned author and professor, Floyd-Thomas has received numerous honors and awards including the JPMorgan Chase/Texas Business Press Great Women of Texas Award, the American Academy of Religion Excellence in Teaching Award, and, most recently, the 2012 Womanist Legend Award.
In accordance with UIW’s Mission, The Pierre Fund Speaker Series, which began in 2001, is designed to bring distinguished women scholars to the UIW campus to address current issues in relationship to social justice, ecology and globalization. This lecture is made possible by a grant from The Pierre Fund of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word.