NJ, May 23, 2012–The Hispanic Theological
Initiative (HTI) at Princeton Theological Seminary has announced that Dr. Néstor
Medina, assistant professor of theology and culture at Regent University, will
receive its annual book prize for 2012. The prize, awarded for his book Mestizaje: (Re)mapping Race, Culture, and
Faith in Latina/o Catholicism (Orbis Books), will be
presented at HTI’s sixteenth annual summer workshop at Princeton Seminary on Saturday,
Medina will give a
public lecture on the topic “¿Qué hay detrás de nuestros espejos?: Mestizaje,
Identity, Culture, and Theology” that evening at 7:00 p.m. in the Cooper
Conference Room in the Erdman Center, 20 Library Place in Princeton. Responding
to the lecture will be Dr. Roberto Goizueta, the Margaret O’Brien Flatley
Professor of Catholic Theology at Boston College.
The concept of Mestizaje, a reference to
the distinct biological and cultural intermixture that occurred in the “new
world,” has become a foundation in U.S. Latina/o theology. Medina’s book traces
the subversive and innovative ways in which Catholic theologians, such as
Virgilio Elizondo, Orlando Espín, Ada María Isasi-Díaz, and Pilar Aquino, have
turned this concept into a powerful framework for articulating the faith
experiences of Latina/o communities. At the same time, Medina examines some of
the limitations and contradictions inherent in this concept and explores new
language for describing the vibrant and complex ethno-cultural and religious
identity of Latina/o communities today.
The lecture, which is free and open to the
public, will be followed by a reception in the Erdman Center. For more
information, contact HTI at 609.252.1721 or visit www.ptsem.edu/hti/.
The Hispanic Theological Initiative
manages the Hispanic Theological Initiative Consortium, made up of twenty
prestigious Ph.D.-granting institutions. Together their mission is to increase
the recruitment, retention, and graduation rates of Latina/o Ph.D. students
across the nation, and to provide forums to exchange best practices to address
the needs of Latina/o faculty and students in theological and religious
education. The program provides doctoral-level students with mentoring,
workshops, and networking funds. HTI is funded by Princeton Theological
Seminary and the nineteen Ph.D.-granting institutions.
Princeton Seminary was established
in 1812 by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church as a post-graduate professional
school of theology. Currently celebrating its Bicentennial, Princeton is the
largest Presbyterian seminary in the country, with more than 500 students in
six graduate degree programs.