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HESED LECTURE 2017: “The Politics of Care”

Sponsored by the African American Student Group & the Hispanic Student Association


Dr. Elías Ortega-Aponte
Assistant Professor of Afro-Latino/a Religions and Cultural Studies at Drew Theological School

About the Keynote Speaker

Dr. Elías Ortega-Aponte is an Afro-Latino scholar whose areas of expertise are cultural sociology, religious ethics, critical social theory, social movements, and bioethics.  He received his PhD in Religious Social Ethics from Princeton Theological Seminary and now serves as Assistant Professor of Afro-Latinos/as Religions and Cultural Studies at Drew University Theological School in Madison, NJ. Dr. Ortega-Aponte approaches teaching from an  interdisciplinary perspective, committed to social justice, and to the celebration of the creativity, genius, and ÿghting spirit of communities of color. His primary research interest is the study of how the intersections of race, religion, and experiences of inequal-ities lead Afro-diasporic communities in the United States and abroad to ÿnd ways to engage the challenges of urban poverty, incarceration, access to education, and adequate health care.


Date: Friday, March 31 - Saturday, April 1, 2017

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Friday; 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 pm. Saturday

Registration: Open to public

Cost: FREE

Location: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Stotts Hall
100 E. 27th Street, Austin 78705

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6:00 - Registration
7:00 - Worship Service, Dr. Elías Ortega-Aponte, preaching
8:30-9:00 - Dessert and Fellowship


8:00 - Registration
8:45 - Breakfast and Framing of the Day, Dr. Asante Todd
9:45 - Workshops I and II
10:45 - Beverages and snacks
11:00 - Workshops III and IV
12:15 - Lunch and Table Conversation
1:15 - Panel Discussion facilitated by Dr. Gregory Cuéllar
2:30 - Closing Address, Dr. Ortega-Aponte
3:30 - Photos and Fellowship 


The purpose of the HESED lectureship is to promote awareness and church involvement in the area of social justice, thus enabling ‘hesed,’ which is Hebrew for justice, lovingkindness, and mercy.

This year's theme "The Politics of Care" emerges out of a recognition of the various forms of ideologically-driven inequities in health care. In matters of physical, mental, and spiritual care, race, gender and class often affect the kinds of treatments and options one has. These dynamics, rather than HESED, circumscribes care's scope and quality, with disastrous results for the poor and the marginalized. This conference takes a praxis-oriented approach to the politics of care with HESED as norm and goal. We not only discuss the negative aspects of the politics of care, but also consider the ways to collectively respond in empathy.


"PTSD and the Politics of Care"
Rev. D. David Peters

"Gentrification and the Environment"

"Restorative Justice and Community"
Kim Patton and Sherwin Patton

"Community Health: Alternatives Models of Care"
Rachel Caballero and Raza Herzog



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