MSU’s Orators Lecture Series returns with Harvard Divinity School professor and award-winning author

Contact: Aspen Harris

A headshot of Terrence JohnsonSTARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State’s Orators Lecture Series will feature Terrence Johnson, the Charles G. Adams Professor of African American Religious Studies at Harvard Divinity School, Friday [Feb. 16].

Hosted by MSU’s Judy and Bobby Shackouls Honors College, the noon lecture is titled “The John Lewis Legacy: ‘Good Trouble’ in a Time of Moral Decadence and Deteriorating Rights.” The event, free and open to the public, will be held in Griffis Hall’s Forum Room 401.

John Lewis, known best as the leader of the 1965 civil rights landmark march on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, was an American civil rights leader and U.S. House of Representatives member. In 2011, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama.

Johnson received his Ph.D. from Brown University and his Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School. With research interests in African American political thought, ethics, American religions and more, he co-authored the 2022 work “Blacks and Jews in America: An Invitation to Dialogue,” winner of the 2023 Outstanding Book award by the Association for Ethnic Studies. He has authored two other works and also serves as the faculty associate of the Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Ethics.     

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