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Dr. Rivers Gives Annual Truman G. Madsen Lecture on Eternal Man

Conceptions of the Soul: Some Implications for Contemporary Culture

This year's annual Truman G. Madsen Lecture on Eternal Man was given by Dr. Jacqueline Rivers, director of the Seymour Institute for Black Church and Policy Studies. She discussed the conceptions of the soul and examined the question, does the soul exist? This context provides guidance on our positions on contemporary moral issues. If you missed the lecture you can still listen to this leading American sociologist wade into these philosophical waters facing society today.

Dr. Rivers Full Lecture

About Dr. Jacqueline Rivers

Jacqueline C. Rivers is a lecturer in Sociology at Harvard University; the Executive Director and Senior Fellow for Social Science and Policy of the Seymour Institute for Black Church and Policy Studies and a Senior Fellow at The King’s College in New York City. She was a Hutchins Fellow in the W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute at Harvard University and has presented at Princeton University, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Pennsylvania, the Vatican, Stanford University, the United Nations and in several other venues.

Her publications include "The Paradox of the Black Church and Religious Freedom” in the University of St. Thomas Law Journal; a chapter in the volume Not Just Good but Beautiful; another in Race and Covenant: Recovering the Religious Roots for American Reconciliation and a chapter co-authored with Orlando Patterson in The Cultural Matrix published by Harvard University Press.

Dr. Rivers works with leaders in the ecumenical black church to promote a philosophical, political, and theological framework for a pro-poor, pro-life, pro-family movement and has worked on issues of social justice and Christian activism in the black community for more than thirty years. She serves on the Board of Advisors for the Religious Freedom Institute,
the Board of Directors for Becket Law, the Board of Directors for the Center for Early African Christianity and on the Religious Liberty Initiative Board of Advisors at University of Notre Dame.

About the Annual Truman G. Madsen Lecture on Eternal Man

One of the highlights of the BYU academic year is the annual Truman G. Madsen Lecture on Eternal Man which consistently brings to campus insight and inspiration from internationally renowned scholars. Truman G. Madsen was a renowned philosopher, teacher, and biographer and regarded as one of the greatest Latter-day Saint thinkers of our time. One of his goals as a founding senior fellow of the Wheatley Institute was to bring academic experts and civic leaders “to the fire” at BYU. In honor of this goal, the Madsen Lecture on Eternal Man series features leading scholars of faith, giving them opportunities to share their work with the BYU community.

Eternal Man, Reflections on the Life and Thought of Truman G. Madsen