Rev. Dr. Daisy L. Machado will give the annual Roland Bainton lecture entitled, "Border, Borderlands and Disposable Women: A Look at Ecofeminism and the Maquiladora Murders".
Dr. Machado, is Union Theological Seminary’s Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Church History. As professor of U.S. Christianity her scholarship focuses specifically on United States Christianities with a particular focus on borderlands. Dr. Machado holds a B.A. from Brooklyn College; an M.S.W. from Hunter College School of Social Work; a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary, New York; and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. The first U.S. Latina ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the Northeast Region, she has served inner- city congregations in Brooklyn, Houston, and Fort Worth.
A native of Cuba, she was raised in New York City, lived in Texas for twenty years, and lived in Lexington, KY for two years, where she served as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Lexington Theological Seminary. Dr. Machado has a great interest in the concept of "borderlands," which is 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 has been taking students for immersion classes to the Texas/Mexico border for more than fifteen years and having witnessed the border reality she is also a strong advocate for a comprehensive reformation of current U.S. immigration laws.
Her publications include Borders and Margins: Hispanic Disciples in the Southwest, 1888-1942, and co-editor of A Reader in Latina Feminist Theology: Religion and Justice, as well as numerous chapters in anthologies, encyclopedias, journals, and magazines. Her latest publications include, “The Southern U.S. Border: Immigration, the Historical Imagination, and Globalization” in Rethinking Economic Globalization, Pamela K. Brubaker, Rebecca Todd Peters, Laura A. Stivers, eds.; "Voices from Nepantla: Latinas in U.S. Religious History" in Feminist Intercultural Theology: Latina Explorations for a Just World, María Pilar Aquino and María José Rosado-Nunes, eds.; and, “The Religious Imagination and the Borderlands” which can be found in the forthcoming anthology Religion, Migration, and the Borderlands, Sarah Azaransky, editor. She is also teaching and writing about the prosperity gospel in the context of U.S. Latino communities.
Dr. Machado has lectured in Mexico, Venezuela, and Germany, and has keynoted at many Disciples of Christ Regional as well as church-wide Disciples events. In July 2008 she served as Chaplain for the Week at Chautauqua, making her the first Latina to serve in this capacity, and has been invited to preach again in August of this year.