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Oklahoma City University to Host Free Religion Lecture
Event Features Nation’s First Female Native American Theology Professor OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City University will host its annual Willson Lecture featuring Professor Justine Smith, a visiting instructor of Biblical and Native American Studies at the Saint Paul School of Theology at Oklahoma City University. Smith will give her lecture, titled “Future: Rememory, Christian Performance and Native Sovereignty” at 3 and 7 p.m. Oct. 7 in the Bishop W. Angie Smith Chapel at OCU. Smith also will speak during the university’s chapel service at 1 p.m. All events are free to the public. Smith is a member of the Cherokee Nation and is the first Native American woman to serve in a full-time faculty position in theological education in North America. She is a Harvard PhD candidate and New Testament scholar. Smith received her Master of Divinity Degree from Garrett Evangelical where she received the Excellence in Preaching and Homiletics award. She was awarded the Ford Pre-Doctoral Fellowship for Minorities in 2002 and has worked in the religion department at Harvard University. For more information about the lecture, call Cathy Bewley at (405) 208-5284 or email