Keynote Speaker: Body Language: Embodiment, Materiality and the Reframing of African American Religion (Dr. Anthony Pinn)
Opening Plenary: The Relevance of Discussing Race, Religion and Representation (Dr. John Francis, Dr. Anthony Pinn, Debbie Goddard, Jennifer Knox, Stephanie Shonekan, Aaron Bird Bear, Karma Chavez, Tom Dubois, Cecile David and Charles Cohen)
SESSION II (A, B, C)
B: Africological Approaches to Race and Religion (UW-Milwaukee Department of Africology): The Department of Africology seeks to challenge dominant ideas, attitudes and beliefs about the history, culture and people of the African diaspora. The panel continues the tradition and contributes scholarship centered in the humanity of African people in the U.S., Caribbean and Africa. Panel respondent: Joseph Tucker Edmonds. Chair: Anastacia Scott
C: Interfaith Community Organizing Workshop (Jennifer Knox): Participants will learn practical ways to go about bringing together groups across different lines of faith, race, class and political perspective in polarizing times. Participants will also hear stories about successful ways that diverse faith institutions have worked together across their divisions to win social justice victories.
Hosted lunch discussions were available with 6-8 seats per table.
- Interfaith Cooperation (Ulrich Rosenhagen and Jennifer Knox)
- Theology and Religious Studies (Anthony Pinn)
- LGBTQI Issues (Gabe Javier and Joseph Tucker Edmonds)
- Art and Society (Carla Stillwell, Patrick Sims and Chris Walker)
- American Indian History and Legacy (Aaron Bird Bear and Ryan Comfort)
- Asian American Studies (Maya Holtzman)
- Environmental Justice (John Francis)
SESSION III (A, B, C)
A: Race, Religion and the Body (Joseph Tucker Edmonds, Mallory Warner, Sharon Powell): Panel topics include: Queering Africana Christianities: Blackness, Masculinity and the Rise of Gay, Black Evangelicals; The Veil as Exception and Difference in French Discourse and Policy; and The Embodiment/(Dis)embodiment of Canon: Maps, Bodies, Boundaries and Theological Knowledge
B: Building the Future – Student Perspectives on Interfaith Relations (Lubar Institute): Students from Abrahamic traditions present ideas on how to improve interfaith discourse and relations. This panel serves as the culmination of a year of learning and experience in interfaith dialogue, providing both scholarly and personal perspective to the community in hopes of finding practical approaches to reshape the future. Chair: Joseph O’Donnell
C: Sacred Text as Literature – A Theory and Practice in Interpretation (Carla Stillwell) : This workshop focuses on the Christian Bible as literature and asks the question: can one use scripture as the impotence for contemporary creative writing and storytelling? Participants will be given several passages from the Bible to discuss themes, settings, characters and audience and then create one page of dialogue inspired by their answers. The workshop is designed for writers, teachers and teaching artists that have a particular interest in creating contemporary work.
Session IV (A, B, C)
A: Emerging Scholars Panel (Christophe Ringer, Rachel Ocampo Hoogasian, Joan Harrell, Rohany Nayan): Panel topics include: Precious Lord: The Politics of Redemption in the Black Public Sphere; Spirituality, Psychotherapy and Latin@s; A Radical Christian Contradiction: Religion + Racism + Politics + Media; and The Courage Project. Chair: Rohany Nayan
B: Jesus Walks or Takes the Wheel – Faith & Race in Hip Hop & Pop (Stephanie Shonekan): This multimedia presentation focuses on the specific ways in which hip hop and pop country music interact with and communicate about God and examines the ways in which race colors faith as reflected in contemporary popular music. The presentation will also delve into the impact of hip hop and country music on matters of race, class, religion, patriotism, and the meaning of what it is to be an American.
C: Diversity in the Atheist Movement (Debbie Goddard): Goddard addresses which groups are the most religious, and which are least, based on recent survey data. She will also discuss the historical and cultural reasons why this might be so, as well as what the secular movement can learn from these reasons to help organizers reach out to underrepresented demographics.
- What are the Tree of Peace, the Iroquois Confederacy, & the White Roots of Peace? (George Swamp; Oneida Nation)
- State, Indian, National, & International Contexts (Janice Rice; Ho-Chunk Nation)
- Generational Response 1: Unity and Healing (Aaron Bird Bear; Mandan, Hidatsa, and Dine’ Nations)
- Generational Response 2: Unity and Healing (Ryan Comfort, Keweenaw Bay Ojibwe Nation)
- Closing Remarks (Sawyer Denning, Oneida & Menominee Nations)
Closing Reflections and Reveal of 2013 Symposium Theme (D. Nebi Hilliard)