Guest lecturer Dr. Davia J. Crutchfield will discuss her research on Pulitzer Prize-winning hip hop artist Kendrick Lamar, presenting “Faith, Intersectionality and Black Masculinity: Kendrick Lamar’s Urban Theology,” on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 3:30 p.m. at Hope College in the Fried/Hemenway Auditorium of the Martha Miller Center for Global Communication.

The public is invited.  Admission is free.

Lamar has received many honors for his music, including the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for music, multiple Grammy Awards and recognition as one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine in 2016.  Crutchfield, who holds a doctorate in communication, culture and media studies from Howard University, will explore the intersections of black manhood, class and Christianity in Lamar’s work and explain why she considers him an “urban missionary” and “urban theologian.”

Crutchfield is an arts, entertainment, history, theology and humanities enthusiast whose research includes interdisciplinary examinations of race, sex, gender and Christianity.  In addition to her doctorate, she has a master’s degree in mass communication and media studies from Howard University.  She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from The Ohio State University, and she holds certificates in the areas of international studies, ecumenism, women’s studies and entrepreneurship.  She has worked in education, non-profit corporations and corporate events management.

Her lecture is sponsored by the college’s Cultural Affairs Committee, global learning director, Women’s and Gender Studies Program, and Emmaus Scholars Program.

In addition to her lecture on Thursday, she will speak during the college’s Chapel service on Friday, Nov. 9, at 10:30 a.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel, presenting “Unfinished Business.”

Dimnent Memorial Chapel is located at 277 College. Ave., at the corner of College Avenue and 12th Street.  The Martha Miller Center for Global Communication is located at 257 Columbia Ave., at the corner of Columbia Avenue and 10th Street.