The Bible and Migration: Are there Lessons to be Learned?

January 29, 2020

UIW set to host 2020 Pierre Lecture

San Antonio – Jan. 29, 2020 – The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) is proud to host the 2020 Pierre Lecture – The Christian Bible as a Text of Migration. The lecture will take place Monday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. in the SEC Ballroom on the campus of UIW. The event is free and open to the public

One of the first stories readers encounter in Genesis describes two migrants, Adam and Eve, leaving their first home and struggling to create a life in a new land. From Genesis through Revelation, the Jewish and Christian Bibles depict migration and responses to migration. Given the prominent role of the Bible in public life, politicians, thinkers, and migrants themselves have turned to those texts to think about just and appropriate immigration policies.

Jacqueline M. Hidalgo, this year’s Pierre Lecture speaker, will question some of these more contemporary political interpretations of the Bible and discuss the Bible as a text of migration. Dr. Hidalgo is department chair and associate professor of Latino/a Studies and Religion at Williams College and a past president of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States.

The Pierre Fund Speaker Series, which began in 2003, brings distinguished women scholars to the UIW campus to address current issues in relationship to social justice, ecology and globalization. This lecture is made possible by a grant from The Pierre Fund of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word and sponsored by the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.