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Race and Faith Lecture Series

AFRICAAM 101 African and African American Studies Lecture and Lunch Series: Race and Faith.

Wednesdays Noon-1pm
April 1 – June 3, 2009
Building 200-002
Open to the Public
1-3 Units

The unprecedented lecture and lunch series for 2009 will include weekly lectures by internationally renowned scholars from various disciplines, all discussing the intersections of race and faith. Each week, a distinguished scholar will explore the complexities of race and faith and their manifestation in artistic expression, culture, history, language, literature, music, politics, religion and society among different groups of people in the US and globally. This year, the course will culminate with a special lecture: the St. Clair Drake Memorial Lecture. The course is available for credit (1-3 units), and both the course and St. Clair Drake lecture are open to the public.


April 1, 2009 Eddie Glaude, Jr.
William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African American Studies / Princeton University
“Publics, Prosperity, and Politics: the Changing Face of African American Christianity and Black Political Life”


April 8, 2009 Evelyn Alsultany (PhD ’05) - Postponed
Assistant Professor, Program in American Culture, Arab American Studies / University of Michigan
Racing and Unracing Islam: The Contested Place of Muslims in the U.S. Post-9/11


April 8, 2009 Azim Nanji
Sr. Associate Director, Abbasi Program of Islamic Studies / Stanford University
Special Session Held in Conjunction with Africa Table and The Sohaib and Sara Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies
Madrasa and Modernity: Reimagining Muslim Childhood in East Africa


April 15, 2009 Vijay Prashad
George and Martha Kellner Chair in South Asian History / Trinity College
“The Dharma of The Mensch: Long-distance nationalism and multi-cultural liberalism”


April 22, 2009 James K. Lee
Associate Professor of Asian American Studies and English/University of California, Santa Barbara
“Loathing and Redemption: Race, Religion, and the Virginia Tech Shootings”


April 29, 2009 Todd Ramón Ochoa
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies / University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
“Promises Made: Cuban-Kongo Praise of the Dead and the Overcoming of Fated Debt”


May 6, 2009 John L. Jackson, Jr.
Richard Perry University Associate Professor of Communication and Anthropology / University of Pennsylvania
”Yah Power: Black Hebrewism, Afrocentrism, and the Silences of African-American Studies”


May 13, 2009 Davíd Carrasco
Neil L. Rudenstine Professor of the Study of Latin America / Harvard University
"Crossings of the Mexican Color Lines: Loco-Baroque in Latino/a Representations"


May 20, 2009 Joycelyn Moody
Sue E. Denman Distinguished Chair in American Literature / University of Texas at San Antonio
“‘I hadn’t joined church yet, and I wasn’t scared of anybody’: Violent
Masculinity in Early African American Christian Narratives”


May 27, 2009 J. Kameron Carter
Associate Professor in Theology and Black Church Studies / Duke University Divinity School
“The Riddle of Religion: Du Bois, Empire, and the Modern Theological Condition”

St. Clair Drake Lecture: (Bechtel Conference Center)
June 3, 2009 Charles Ogletree (BA ’75, MA ’75)
Jesse Climenko Professor of Law, Executive Director, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice /
Harvard School of Law
"Dr. St Clair Drake’s narrative dialogue with Barack Hussein Obama: Traveling the road from Cambridge to Kenya and back!"



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