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Le Moyne College Hosts Talk on Gender and the Black Church

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … Le Moyne College will host a lecture by Emilie Townes of Yale University on Thursday, April 12, at 5 p.m. in Grewen Auditorium. Her talk is titled “Gender and the Black Church: The Dancing Mind/Queer Black Bodies.”

Townes is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of African American Religion and Theology at Yale University. Her teaching and general research interests focus on Christian ethics, womanist ethics, critical social theory, and cultural theory and studies, as well as on postmodernism and social postmodernism. Her specific interests include health and health care; the cultural production of evil; analyzing the linkages among race, gender, class and other forms of oppression; and developing a network between African American and Afro-Brazilian religious and secular leaders and community-based organizations.

Among her many publications are “Breaking the Fine Rain of Death: African American Health and a Womanist Ethic of Care;” “Womanist Justice, Womanist Hope;” and “In a Blaze of Glory: Womanist Spirituality as Social Witness.” Prior to her appointment at Yale, Professor Townes was the Carolyn Beaird Professor of Christian Ethics at Union Theological Seminary in New York. She served as president of the American Academy of Religion in 2008. Townes is an ordained American Baptist clergywoman.

The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the gender and women’s studies program. For more information, call (315) 445-4512.


posted on: 3/20/2012