Thursday August 25, 2011

Summoned from the Margins

Yale Divinity professor Lamin Sanneh will receive the Marianist Award and speak on campus about his faith and work.

A Yale Divinity professor and prolific author on religion and history will speak next week at the University of Dayton about the relationship between his faith and his work.

Lamin Sanneh, the D. Willis James Professor of Missions and World Christianity, will speak at 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, in the Kennedy Union Ballroom as the recipient of the University of Dayton's annual Marianist Award, which honors a Roman Catholic whose work has made a major contribution to intellectual life. His lecture, "Summoned from the Margin: A Personal Narrative," is free and open to the public.

"Dr. Sanneh is a renowned scholar of religion, especially in the areas of world Christianity and the relationship between Christianity and Islam," said University of Dayton history professor Una Cadegan, chairperson of the Forum on the Catholic Intellectual Tradition Today, which coordinates the Marianist Award for the University.

Sanneh is a familiar friend of the University of Dayton, speaking on campus in 2009 about religion in a post-9/11 world.

He is the author of more than 100 articles and several books, including Whose Religion is Christianity? The Gospel Beyond the West; The Changing Face of Christianity: Africa, The West, and the World; Disciples of All Nations: Pillars of World Christianity; Translating the Message: The Missionary Impact on Culture; and Summoned from the Margin: African Homecoming (A Memoir).

Sanneh was born in Gambia and educated on four continents. He earned degrees in history and Islamic studies, including a Ph.D. in Islamic history from the University of London. He taught in several universities, including the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, and Harvard before coming to Yale in 1989. He is a founding member of the Council of 100 Leaders of the World Economic Forum. Pope John Paul II appointed him to the Pontifical Commission of the Historical Science, and Pope Benedict XVI appointed him to the Pontifical Commission on Religious Relations with Muslims.

For more information, contact Una Cadegan at 937-229-3468 or