This lecture draws on three sources to discern what are the possible characteristics to faciliate healthy being human today. Looking at African American folk tales, foundational western notions, and traditional Chinese perspectives, we will map the fluid components of healthy community and healthy individuality in contemporary and global realities.
Dwight Hopkins is Director of MA Studies and Professor of Theology at the University of Chicago Divinity School. He has authored Being Human: race, culture, and religion and Shoes That Fit Our Feet: sources for a constructive black theology. After graduating from public schools in Richmond, VA, Hopkins attended the 8th to the 12th grades at Groton School (an Episcopalian, all-boys boarding school); Harvard University (BA); Union Theological Seminary, New York (M.Div., M.Phil, Ph.D.); and University of Cape Town, South Africa (Ph.D.) He is ordained in the American Baptist denomination.