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Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas to deliver keynote at Messiah College’s Spring Humanities Symposium

February 10th, 2017

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (Feb. 10, 2017) — Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, professor of religion at Goucher College and leading voice in womanist theology, will deliver the keynote address “Stand Your Ground in the Legacy of Slavery” Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Parmer Hall in the Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts. The lecture is sponsored by the Messiah College Center for Public Humanities and is part of the College’s annual Humanities Symposium. Admission is free, but a ticket is required. To obtain a ticket, contact the Messiah College Ticket Office at 717-691-6036 or visit For more information or questions about the event, contact Jean Corey at
About Kelly Brown Douglas
Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas is professor of religion at Goucher College where she holds the Susan D. Morgan Professorship of Religion. Prior to coming to Goucher College, she was Associate Professor of Theology at Howard University School of Divinity (1987-2001) and Assistant Professor of Religion at Edward Waters College (1986-1987). A leading voice in the development of a womanist theology, Essence magazine counts Douglas “among this country’s most distinguished religious thinkers, teachers, ministers, and counselors.” She has written several books and is widely published in national and international journals and other publications. Her latest book, “Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God” (2015), examines the challenges of a “Stand Your Ground” culture for the Black Church.
About the Humanities Symposium
Since 2004, the Center for Public Humanities at Messiah College has sponsored an annual Humanities Symposium devoted to the discussion of a common theme. Past symposium themes have included community and belonging, the human imagination, race in America, and technology and humanity. Keynote speakers have included James Leach, Alan Wolfe, Michele Norris and Henry Louis Gates Jr.
About Messiah College
Messiah College, a private Christian college of the liberal and applied arts and sciences, enrolls more than 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1909, the primary campus is located in Mechanicsburg, Pa., near the state capital of Harrisburg.

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