Pollard The Rev. Dr. Alton B. Pollard III, dean of Howard University School of Divinity in Washington, D.C., will present Candler’s annual Howard Thurman Lecture, sponsored by the school’s Black Church Studies program. The lecture, titled “Life in the Valley of the Shadow of Death,” will take place on Wednesday, October 21 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. A boxed lunch will be provided for those who register by October 14 at 5:00 p.m. Register here.

A Howard Thurman scholar, Pollard has served in both religious and educational institutions, including faculty appointments at Wake Forest University and St. Olaf College. He received an MDiv degree from Harvard Divinity School and a PhD from Duke University's Department of Religion. Pollard is a former director of Candler's Black Church Studies program and an ordained Baptist minister.

The Howard Thurman Lecture is part of the Black Church Studies program’s yearlong theme, “Between the Church and Us: Envisioning, Engaging, and Enacting Black Religiosity in the World.” Learn more about Black Church Studies at Candler.