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Racial Justice and Interfaith Cooperation in the Age of Black Lives Matter
Racial Justice and Interfaith Cooperation in the Age of Black Lives Matter seeks to explore the intersection of Black and Womanist Theology, Black/African-American Religions and Interfaith Studies. Led by Laurie Patton and Noah Silverman, and in conversation with Steed Davidson, this webinar explores the role of Black Religions and Theology in the movement for racial justice and equity in the 21st century. This conversation will go from 2-3:30 CST.

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Aug 27, 2020 02:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Steed Davidson
Dean of the Faculty and Vice President of Academic Affairs @Professor of Hebrew Bible / Old Testament, McCormick Theological Seminary
Steed Davidson, a native of Trinidad and Tobago, earned a Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible from Union Theological Seminary, and a S.T.M. from Boston University, a M.A. from the University of the West Indies. A member of the Society of Biblical Literature and an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, Davidson is the Dean of the Faculty and Vice President of Academic Affairs and Professor of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. A member of the Society of Biblical Literature, Davidson serves as the General Editor of Semeia Studies. In addition, he Chairs the steering committee of the Israelite Prophetic Literature Section and serves on the Bible and Empire as well as the Reading/Writing Jeremiah program units of the SBL. Davidson is the author of Empire and Exile: Postcolonial Readings of Selected Texts of the Book of Jeremiah, as well as Writing/Reading the Bible in Postcolonial Perspective, and a coeditor of Islands, Islanders and the Bible: RumiNations.
Laurie Patton
President @Middlebury College
Laurie Patton is the 17th president of Middlebury and the first woman to lead the institution in its 217-year history. She joined Middlebury in 2015, after serving as Duke University’s dean of Trinity College of Arts and Sciences and Robert F. Durden Professor of Religion. From 1996 to 2011, Patton served on the faculty and administration at Emory University, where she was the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Religions and the inaugural director of Emory’s Center for Faculty Development and Excellence in the Office of the Provost. Patton is the author or editor of nine books on South Asian history, culture, and religion. In addition, she has translated the classical Sanskrit text, The Bhagavad Gita, and has published two books of poetry. Patton has lectured widely on interfaith issues and religion and public life, and she has consulted with the White House offices on faith-based initiatives and civic engagement. She is a graduate of Harvard University and the University of Chicago.
Noah Silverman
Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships @Interfaith Youth Core
As Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships at IFYC, Noah works with college and university faculty and senior administrators to explore the contours and implications of the academic study of interfaith cooperation and helping them to think holistically about interfaith cooperation across their campuses. Professionally involved in interfaith work for two decades on three continents, he holds an MA in religious studies from New York University. While living in Jerusalem, Noah grew interested in young adult leadership, interfaith understanding, and conflict resolution. Noah served as the associate director of multifaith education at Auburn Theological Seminary, has worked for Religions for Peace at the United Nations, and the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Barcelona. He has written numerous articles and chapters on the methodology of interfaith cooperation and the growing academic field of interfaith studies, and co-edited Interreligious/Interfaith Studies: Defining a New Field"