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James H. Cone to Deliver Convocation Lecture

Evanston, IL, August 2010Dr. James H. Cone, one of the world's most prominent Black liberation theologians, will be the keynote speaker at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary's convocation on September 15, 2010.  Dr. Cone will deliver his address titled, "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen: The Cross and the Lynching Tree in the Black Experience," at 11 a.m. in the seminary's Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful. 

In the afternoon, a panel discussion on "The Impact and Future of Black Theology" will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful.  Three distinguished theologians will join Dr. Cone:

  • Dr. Andrea C. White, Assistant Professor of Theology and Culture, Candler School of Theology, Emory University
  • Dr. Rothney S. Tshaka, Chair, Department of Philosophy and Systematic Theology, University of South Africa
  • Dr. William Ackah, Department of Social Policy and Education, Birkbeck, University of London

Both events are open to the public and will be broadcast live from the seminary’s website, Online viewers will need to download and install Apple's free QuickTime Player.  Viewers may tune in 15 minutes before both events.  To learn more about these events go to

Dr. Cone has been a professor at Union Theological Seminary in New York City since 1969 and is currently the Charles Augustus Briggs Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology.  Dr. Cone holds a Master of Divinity degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Northwestern University.  Among the numerous awards he has received was Garrett-Evangelical’s Distinguished Alum Award in 1987.

Dr. Cone is the author of eleven (11) books and numerous articles and has lectured at universities and community organizations throughout the United States, Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.  He is best known for his ground-breaking works, Black Theology and Black Power (1969), A Black Theology of Liberation (1970), The Spirituals and the Blues (1972), God of the Oppressed (1975), and Martin & Malcolm & America: A Dream or a Nightmare? (1991). In addition to his teaching, Dr. Cone continues the struggle to shed light on contemporary issues of faith and justice, especially for African Americans.

Garrett-Evangelical is a graduate school of theology of The United Methodist Church founded in 1853. Located on the campus of Northwestern University, the seminary serves more than 500 students from many denominations and various cultural backgrounds, fostering an atmosphere of ecumenical interaction. Garrett-Evangelical creates bold leaders through master of divinity, master of arts, master of theological studies, doctor of philosophy and doctor of ministry degrees. Its 4,500 living alumni serve church and society around the world.

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