Jennifer McBride to Deliver Wallenberg Lecture

Posted on October 26th, 2011 by

Dr. Jennifer McBride

Dr. Jennifer McBride, Board of Regents Chair in Ethics and Assistant Professor of Religion at Wartburg College, will deliver the 2011 Raoul Wallenberg Memorial Lecture at Gustavus Adolphus College. The lecture is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14 in Wallenberg Auditorium, located in the Alfred Nobel Hall of Science. The lecture is free and open to the public.

McBride’s lecture is titled “Bonhoeffer and Repentance: A Constructive Proposal for Christian Public Witness,” and will address how the church can offer a nontriumphal witness to the lordship of Christ through repentant activity in public life. The subject matter is the basis for McBride’s forthcoming book The Church for the World: A Theology of Public Witness, which draws upon the writings of German pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

McBride earned her B.A. at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and her M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Virginia. She received her doctorate in philosophical theology from the Religious Studies Department at the University of Virginia in 2008 and was a 2008-09 Postdoctoral Fellow in Religious Practices and Practical Theology at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology.

McBride serves on the Board of Directors of the International Bonhoeffer Society, English Language Section and is co-editor of Bonhoeffer and King: Their Legacies and Import for Christian Social Thought.

The Raoul Wallenberg Memorial Lecture was established at Gustavus in 1983 and honors the heroism and legacy of Raoul Wallenberg whose support of persecuted Jews during World War II saved the lives of many. The lecture is sponsored by the Peace Studies Program at Gustavus. This year’s lecture is also supported by the Sesquicentennial Grant Fund.

For more information about the annual Wallenberg Lecture, contact Associate Professor of Political Science Mimi Gerstbauer at or 507-933-7421.


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