Niagara University’s Ostapenko Center for Race, Equity, & Mission is hosting a film screening and discussion on race, religion, and justice featuring Dr. Jamal-Dominque Hopkins, associate professor of Christian scriptures at Baylor University’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary. Dr. Hopkins will show two short films and lead an iconographic analysis of the movies during the event, which takes place Feb. 29 at 5:30 p.m. in Dunleavy Hall, Room 127. It is free and open to the public.

Dr. Hopkins is a former actor and an interdisciplinary religious scholar who has merged his love for the Bible, film, and television. He joined the faculty at Baylor University in 2022, having previously served as associate professor of biblical languages and dean of the seminary and the Department of Religion at Allen University’s Dickerson-Green Theological Seminary in Columbia, S.C. He is also a Pedagogy Fellow for the Christ and Being Human Project at the Yale University Center for Faith and Culture, and an ordained minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Dr. Hopkins earned an associate’s degree from Pasadena City College, a bachelor’s degree from Howard University, a master of arts with an emphasis in biblical studies and theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from the University of Manchester. His research interests include biblical studies and Late Second Temple Judaism, with particular emphasis on the Dead Sea Scrolls and Qumran literature.