Dr. Carmen M. Nanko-Fernandez will present the 2018 Pierre Lecture"¿Dios Bendiga América? Béisbol, Identity, and Competing Theologies of Patriotism," from 7 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 27 in the SEC Ballroom.
Dr. Nanko-Fernandez is the professor of Hispanic Theology and Ministry and Director of the Hispanic Theology and Ministry Program at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.
In the late 19th century, the USA moved from a nation divided by Civil War to an imperial power, and baseball was part of the construction of a new national identity. Béisbol gained traction in parts of Latin America as well, further complicating simplistic narratives of origin and meaning. From a distinctively Latin@́ theological perspective, this lecture will explore embedded theologies of nation, played out in contested spaces of stadiums and fields of play. A close look at the protest by Puerto Rican star Carlos Delgado to the singing of God Bless America, provides a frame of reference. Such an exploration surfaces critical questions about the traditioning of patriotism and resistance through professional sports
Tuesday, Feb 27, 2018
Contact:Dr. Horacio Vela
Phone: 210 829-3803
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