Event in Melbourne: Reading the Bible in the HIV and AIDS Context
Musa W. Dube
Professor of New Testament, University of Botswana
JD Northey Public Lecture
Monday, July 28, 2014 commencing 7:00 pm
Centre for Theology and Ministry at 29 College Cres, Parkville, 3052
The global HIV and AIDS epidemic has been a context of great suffering: stigmatization, death, grief, impoverishment and has left countless children orphaned. It is an attack on life and its quality. Moreover, the most marginalized groups such as women, homosexuals, youth, blacks and the poor have been at the centre of the storm of the epidemic.
With millions dead, and countless others living with HIV, and with a large number of children orphaned, the epidemic raises theological questions. Who is God? Where is God? Does God Care? How then should we read the Bible in such a global context? This lecture will share the imperative to read the Bible in the context of HIV&AIDS, which calls for frameworks of reading for the affirmation of life, justice, the body, sexuality and compassion among others.
Entry cost via donation
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Prof Dube, graduate of Vanderbilt University, is a member of the Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians, the Society of Biblical Literature and the United Methodist Church. She is the author/ editor of several books, her most recent being, Postcolonial Feminist Interpretations of the Bible (Chalice Press, 2000), The HIV and AIDS Bible: Some Selected Essays (University of Scranton Press, 2008), Grant Me Justice: HIV/AIDS and Gender Readings of the Bible (Orbis and Cluster, 2004), and co-editor of Postcolonial Perspectives on African Biblical Interpretations (SBL, 2012).
She is also the recipient of several awards including the 2011 recipient of the Friedrich Wilhelm Research Award from the Humboldt Foundation, Germany, in recognition of both academic and community oriented work on postcolonial, HIV&AIDS and biblical studies.