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Christian social ethics expert Stacey Floyd-Thomas '91 to address religion, race and education in a lecture, April 7, 2014

Christian social ethics expert Dr. Stacey Floyd-Thomas will deliver a talk, “The Color Line and the Culture Wars: Religion, Education and Sub-rosa Morality in the Age of Obama,” on Monday, April 7 at 5:30 pm in Taylor Hall, room 203.

This event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Department of Religion with co-sponsorship from the Programs in Africana Studies, American Studies, the Departments of Anthropology and Sociology and the Programs in Latin American and Latino/a Studies, Urban Studies and Women’s Studies. This Frederick C. Wood lecture is held in honor of Lawrence Mamiya, professor of religion, recognizing his ongoing legacy as a scholar-activist.

This lecture will address W.E.B. Du Bois’ formulation of “the color line” as symbolic of America’s nature and disposition towards people deemed “a problem.” Drawing attention to the ongoing culture wars indicative of a politically correct and post-everything era, Floyd-Thomas will address this shortcoming through a critical examination of universal principles, institutional will and individual ability in the quest for complex subjectivity amidst social crisis.

Floyd-Thomas, a Vassar alumna with a degree in Africana Studies, is associate professor of ethics and society at Vanderbilt University Divinity School and College of Arts and Sciences and Executive Director of both the Society of Christian Ethics (SCE) and the nationally-acclaimed Black Religious Scholars Group (BRSG) and serves as co-founder of the Society for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Religion (SRER).

She is the author of Mining the Motherlode: Methods in Womanist Ethics (Pilgrim Press, 2006), Deeper Shades of Purple: Womanism in Religion and Society (New York University Press, 2006), and Black Church Studies: An Introduction (Abingdon Press, 2007), U. S. Liberation Theologies: An Introduction (New York University Press, 2010), Beyond the Pale: Reading Ethics from the Margins (Westminister John Knox Press, 2011), and Beyond the Pale: Reading Theology from the Margins (Westminister John Knox Press, 2011). Her current research projects – Exodus in America: The Unlikely Alliance between White Jews and Black Christians; Liberation Theologies in the United States: An Introduction; Making It Plain: Approaches to African American Christian Social Ethics; The Westminster John Knox Dictionary of African American Religion and Thought – continue to address the ongoing challenge of liberationist discourse and interdisciplinary scholarship.

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Posted by Office of Communications Tuesday, March 4, 2014