Saturday 9th May, 2015
3:00pm to 4:00pm
Race continues to matter in the United States. The examples of this reality are pressing and graphic. While humanists lament the poor approach of the religious regarding discourse on race and accompanying racism, less prevalent has been sustained and productive conversation within humanist circles concerning the nature and meaning of race within the humanist movement. This panel is meant as a push toward this type of exchange on how the humanist movement has addressed race—its successes and failures—and how it might do so in more productive ways.
Moderator: Anthony Pinn
Anthony B. Pinn is the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and Professor of Religious Studies at Rice University. He is also Director of Research for the Institute for Humanist Studies think tank in Washington, DC.
Pinn is the author/editor of 26 books, including numerous volumes related to African American humanism. He is also the editor of four book series, including Studies in Humanist Thought and Praxis.
Pinn is the leading scholar of African American humanism, and his research and teaching in this area has been recognized by awards including the 1999 African American Humanist Award from the Council for Secular Humanism and the 2006 Harvard University Humanist Chaplaincy “Humanist of the Year”.
Christopher Driscoll, PhD (Rice University, 2014) is Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion and Africana Studies at Lehigh University. Some of his research interests include race, religion, culture, and humanist and existential thought. He is co-founder of the American Academy of Religion’s Critical Approaches to Hip Hop and Religion Group and a contributing editor for The Marginalia Review of Books. His first monograph, White Lies: Race and Uncertainty in the Twilight of American Religion will be published by Routledge in 2015.
Sikivu Hutchinson is an author and educator. She is a senior intergroup specialist for the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission and founder of the Women’s Leadership Project (WLP), a high school feminist mentoring program in South L.A. She is the author of Imagining Transit: Race, Gender, and Transportation Politics in Los Angeles, Moral Combat: Black Atheists, Gender Politics, and the Values Wars and Godless Americana: Race and Religious Rebels. She is also a contributing editor for The Feminist Wire and a visiting scholar at USC’s Center for Feminist Research. Her forthcoming novel, White Nights, Black Paradise, on Peoples Temple and the Jonestown massacre,is due in the Fall of 2015.
Dr. Monica R. Miller is Assistant Professor of Religion & Africana Studies and Director of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Lehigh University. Among other publications and forthcoming manuscripts, she is the author of Religion and Hip Hop (Routledge) and most recently, The Hip Hop and Religion Reader (Routledge) with Dr. Anthony B. Pinn and Religion in Hip Hop: Mapping the New Terrain in the US (Bloomsbury) with Dr. Pinn and rapper Bernard “Bun B” Freeman. Miller is a Senior Research Fellow with The Institute for Humanist Studies (IHS), Associate Editor of The Journal of Hip Hop Studies, Co-Founder, prior Co-Chair, and Steering Committee Member of ‘Critical Approaches to the Study of Religion and Hip Hop Culture’ (AAR), member of the international scholarly collective, Culture on the Edge, contributing editor at Marginalia(A LA Review of Books Channel) and editorial board member of Culture on the Edge: Studies in Identity Formation book series with Equinox.
VAP, Religion and Africana Studies, Lehigh University - Author of upcoming White Lies: Race and Uncertainty in the Twilight of American Religion bio from Twitter
author and educator; intergroup specialist for the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission and founder of the Women’s Leadership Project (WLP)
Dr. Monica R. Miller is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Lewis & Clark College and author of Religion and Hip Hop. bio from Twitter
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