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Tuesday October 20, 2015 - The U. S. Latina/o Reality: Living Life in Spanglish
Dr. Daisy L. Machado

Wednesday October 21, 2015 - Christianity in the 21st Century: The Challenges of Immigration and the Public Square
Dr. Daisy L. Machado

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Author, Professor and Immigration Expert

Dr. Daisy L. Machado

is Featured Speaker at

2015 Pfautch Lectures on

October 20-21


St. Louis, MO (October 2, 2015) – Immigration is the topic of the 2015 Pfautch Lectures—a lecture series established in 2008 by Second Presbyterian Church and held each October with the purpose of providing a forum for the discussion of issues that shape both society and church. Author, professor and authority on immigration Dr. Daisy L. Machado is this year’s featured speaker. The 2015 Pfautch Lectures take place on October 20-21 at Second Presbyterian Church in the Central West End. The lectures begin at 7 p.m. on both days and are free and open to the public.


Dr. Machado’a lectures weave together her research and scholarship with current topics and events about immigration, such Pope Francis’ focus on hospitality and welcoming those on the edges, violence against immigrants and more. Her two lectures are “The U.S. Latina/o Reality: Living Life in Spanglish” on Tuesday, October 20 and “Immigration and Missio Dei (the Mission of God)” on Wednesday, October 21. Both lectures conclude with a Q&A session, followed by a meet-and-greet with Dr. Machado and complimentary refreshments. Individuals from all backgrounds and denominations are encouraged to attend.


A native of Cuba, Dr. Machado was raised in New York, lived in Texas for twenty years, and lived in Lexington, Kentucky. Named one of “100 Most Influential Hispanics in the United States” in 2003 by Hispanic Business Magazine, she has a great interest in the concept of “borderlands,” a multilayered word that not only refers to a specific geographic location, but for Latinas and other women of color also refers to a social, economic, political, and personal location within the dominant culture. She is also a strong advocate for a comprehensive reformation of current U.S. immigration laws. Dr. Daisy Machado is dean for academic affairs and professor of the history of Christianity at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Prior to this position, she served as vice president for academic affairs and dean at Lexington Theological Seminary in Kentucky.


She holds a bachelor’s of arts from Brooklyn College, a master’s of social work from Hunter College School of Social Work, a master’s of divinity from Union Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.


Rev. Dr. Daisy L. Machado is the first Latina ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Northeast Region (1981) and has served congregations in New York City and Texas. She was also Luce Lecturer in Urban Ministry at Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She served as the first Director of the Hispanic Theological Initiative, a $3.4 million project funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts to increase the presence of Latina/o faculty teaching in seminaries, schools of religion and religion departments around the country. She has also taught an immersion course for seminary students on the U.S.-Mexico border for over a decade; the course focuses on globalization and women’s labor as found in the maquiladora industry of Northern Mexico. Dr. Machado has also lectured in Mexico, Venezuela, Germany and throughout the U.S.


Dr. Machado is the author of “Borders and Margins: Hispanic Disciples in the Southwest, 1888-1942.” She is co-editor of “A Reader in Latina Feminist Theology: Religion and Justice.” She has written many articles, including “Promoting Solidarity with Migrants” in “Justice In a Global Economy” and “Voices from Nepantla: Latinas in U.S. Religious History” in “Feminist Intercultural Theology: Latinas Explorations for a Just World.” Her two latest publications are “The Southern U.S. Border: Immigration, the Historical Imagination, and Globalization” in “Rethinking Economic Globalization,” and “Voices from Nepantla: Latinas in U.S. Religious History” in “Feminist Intercultural Theology: Latina Explorations for a Just World.”


Union Avenue Christian Church and SEGA join Second Presbyterian Church in presenting the 2015 Pfautch Lectures.


Second Presbyterian Church is located at 4501 Westminster Place (at Taylor) in the Central West End. It is an accessible building with free, secure parking. For more information on the Pfautch Lectures, please call 314-367-0366 or visit