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Jennifer Harvey to deliver Matthew Simpson Lecture

Award-winning author and renowned professor to give 41st-annual religion lecture


Simpson College announced today that Jennifer Harvey, award-winning author and professor of religion at Drake University, will deliver the annual Matthew Simpson Lecture in Religion at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020.

Harvey’s lecture, “Unholy Silences: Coming to Speech and Becoming 'Undone' in White U.S.-American Christianity,” is free and open to the public via the Zoom video-conferencing application. Visit simpson.zoom.us to register. 

The faculty director for the Crew Scholars Program at Drake, Harvey’s work focuses primarily on racial justice and white anti-racism. She earned a doctorate degree in Christian Ethics from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York and is a decorated author. Her books include New York Times bestseller “Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in Racially Unjust America” and “Dear White Christians: For Those Still Longing for Racial Reconciliation.”

Harvey has written for the New York Times, CNN and countless other publications. A widely sought-after public speaker, she has appeared on nationally-syndicated television programs including “Good Morning America” and "The ABCs of Back to School, A CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall for Families." She is a frequent guest on radio, appearing on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” with Michel Martin and “It’s Been a Minute” with Sam Sanders. Harvey is also ordained in the American Baptist Churches (USA).

About the Matthew Simpson Lecture
The Matthew Simpson Lecture in Religion was established in 1980 by professors Roger Betsworth and Bruce Haddox, members of the religion and philosophy departments who wanted Simpson students to hear from leading thinkers in religion, biblical studies and social ethics. In 2013, several gifts inaugurated the Matthew Simpson Lecture Endowment Fund to help ensure the ongoing quality of the annual lecture and related events. For more on the lecture and to view past speakers, visit simpson.edu.
Contact Information
Cathy Cole, Vice President of Marketing and Strategic Communication
Direct: 515-961-1595
Email: cathy.cole@simpson.edu