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Prominent Latino Theologian to Speak at Thirteenth Annual Lawler Lecture in Theology

Orlando Espin, professor of theology and religious studies at the University of San Diego will present “The People of God: The Inescapable and Upsetting Presence of Culture in Ecclesiology,” at 7:30 p.m., March 29, in the Mike and Josie Harper Center Ahmanson Ballroom located at 602 N. 20 St. The lecture is free to the public.

Espin, who directs the University of San Diego’s Center for the Study of Latino/a Catholicism, holds a dual doctorate in systematic and practical theology from the Pontifical Catholic university in Rio de Janero, Brazil. He specializes in the theological study of popular Catholicism, as well as in theologies of culture and tradition and is regarded as one of the founders of U.S. Latino/a Catholic theology.

He has published more than 300 articles in U.S., European and Latin American academic journals and is the author or editor of nine books. Espin has twice been elected president of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACHTUS), was the first Latino elected to the board of directors of the Catholic Theological Society of America and has worked for the Hispanic Theological Initiative and in the Hispanic Summer Program of Theology and Religion.

The lecture is the Thirteenth Annual Lawler Lecture in Theology, which was named to honor Michael G. Lawler, professor emeritus of Catholic Theology at Creighton.