The L.I.V.E. (Learning, Inclusion, Vitality, Exploration) Symposium is Princeton Seminary’s initiative to reach domestic underrepresented prospective students in graduate theological education as they discern their vocation within the church.
Students will gain a greater awareness through:
- Presentations from a diverse group of students, faculty, and administrators about campus life
- Presentations from faculty members about responding to a call in a multicultural and pluralistic society
- Panel discussions with alumni, faculty, and students on vocational discernment
- Attending classes and meeting professors
- Visiting local alumni for exposure to practical experiences
Eric D. Barreto is the Frederick and Margaret L. Weyerhaeuser Associate Professor of New Testament. He holds a BA in religion from Oklahoma Baptist University, an MDiv from Princeton Seminary, and a PhD in New Testament from Emory University. Prior to coming to Princeton Seminary, he served as associate professor of New Testament at Luther Seminary, and also taught as an adjunct professor at the Candler School of Theology and McAfee School of Theology.
As a Baptist minister, Barreto has pursued scholarship for the sake of the church, and he regularly writes for and teaches in faith communities around the country. He has also been a leader in the Hispanic Theological Initiative Consortium, a national, ecumenical, and inter-constitutional consortium comprised of some of the top seminaries, theological schools, and religion departments in the country. He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion.
Keri Day is associate professor of Constructive Theology and African American Religion at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, NJ. Day received her PhD in Religion from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. She earned an MA in Religion and Ethics from Yale University Divinity School in New Haven, Connecticut, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Tennessee State University in Nashville. Her teaching and research interests are in womanist/feminist theologies, social critical theory, cultural studies, economics, and Afro-Pentecostalism. Her first academic book, Unfinished Business: Black Women, The Black Church, and the Struggle to Thrive in America, was published in November of 2012. Her second book, Religious Resistance to Neoliberalism: Womanist and Black Feminist Perspectives, was published in December of 2015. In 2017, she was recognized by ABC News as one of six black women at the center of gravity in theological education in America.
Alongside her scholarship, she also engages public policy leaders. In 2011, she was the keynote speaker at the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast in Springfield, Illinois, highlighting the importance of interfaith dialogue within local communities. In addition, she was part of the 2012 delegation of scholars who participated in the White House Religious Scholars Briefing in Washington D.C. to discuss issues related to economic policy, religious freedom, and peace building efforts around the world. She has been a guest political commentator on KERA, NPR, DFW/FOX News, and Huffington post Live on issues related to faith and politics. She has written for the Dallas Morning News’ Faith and Politics Blog, The Feminist Wire, and The Huffington Post.