March 26, 2015


TCU’s Melanie Harris to deliver Williams Institute lectures 


The Williams Institute at Methodist Theological School in Ohio welcomes Texas Christian University faculty member Melanie Harris for two lectures April 22 and 23.

She will speak at 7 p.m. April 22 on the topic "African American Environmental History and Ecowomanism: Black Self Recovery and Earth Care." At 1 p.m. April 23, her topic will be "Interfaith Womanism and Ecology: Sharing Values, Sharing Earth." Both lectures will be presented in the Alford Centrum on the MTSO campus, 3081 Columbus Pike in Delaware, Ohio. They are free and open to the public. No registration is required.

Harris is associate professor of religion and ethics at TCU, where she teaches in the areas of Christian social ethics, womanist religious thought, African-American literature and religion, and media and religion. She is the author of the book Gifts of Virtue: Alice Walker and Womanist Ethics.

An ordained minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Harris received doctorate and Master of Philosophy degrees from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. She also holds a Master of Divinity degree from Iliff School of Theology and a bachelor's degree from Spelman College.

Harris is a former broadcast journalist who combines her experience in communications to lead workshops on church leadership and spiritual direction. She also facilitates consultations engaging race, religion and pedagogy.

MTSO's Williams Institute was begun in 1981 to honor the late Dr. Ronald L. Williams, professor of theology from 1971 until his death in 1981. The institute has featured speakers from many backgrounds, including theologians, ethicists, poets, biblical scholars, historians, pastoral psychologists and Christian educators.

Methodist Theological School in Ohio prepares leaders of many faith traditions for lives of lasting significance in service to the church and the world. In addition to the Master of Divinity degree, the school offers master's degrees in counseling ministries, theological studies and practical theology, along with a Doctor of Ministry degree.


Danny Russell, director of communications, 740-362-3322