Trout Lectures to feature J. Kameron Carter
Postracial Blues: Notes on Religion and the 21st Century Color Line
J. Kameron Carter is associate professor of theology and black church studies at the Divinity School of Duke University. The focus of his research and teaching is on the complex forms of identity (especially around race, gender, and nationalism) that have come to mark us all. He has a particular interest in the implication of Christian theological thought forms and the specific deployments of Christianity and its central figure, Jesus Christ, in these identity and social formations, the formations we inhabit.
Dr. Carter is the author of Race: A Theological Account, the editor of the special fall 2013 issue of the journal South Atlantic Quarterly, on the theme “Religion and the Futures of Blackness,” and the author of the forthcoming Post-racial Blues: Religion and the Twenty-First Century Color Line. The latter will serve as the basis for his two lectures at Trinity.
The murders of Oscar Grant in the Bay area and Trayvon Martin in Florida, among other incidents, bear witness to anti-black and anti-brown racism, and are part of a cultural and political condition that Dr. Carter refers to as “the post-racial blues.” These lectures offer an examination of this condition, beginning with a lecture that considers the recent memorializing of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech 50 years later, and virtual dismissal of his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” also written 50 years ago. Dr. Carter’s second lecture will encompass the work he is doing on film, race, and religion to exemplify the mass distribution of post-racial outlooks in our culture. Two films he highlights in particular are Avatar and District 9. Both lectures look at how these current issues inform preaching in general and black preaching in particular.
The Nelson W. Trout Lectures are free and open to the public. No registration required..
|Thursday, April 10|
|3:00 p.m.||Gathering Worship and Welcome
Teddy Ceasar and Karen Asmus-Alsnauer
|3:30 p.m.||First Lecture: "Jailhouse Blues: King's Birmingham Letter 50 Years Later"
J. Kameron Carter
|5:00 p.m.||Book signing with J. Kameron Carter|
|5:30 p.m.||Dinner on your own|
|7:30 p.m.||Community Worship: "Medicine for the Blues" (Lamentations 3:17-24)
J. Kameron Carter, preacher
|Friday, April 11|
|10:00 a.m.||Second Lecture: "Cinematic Blues: Christianity between Avatar and District 9"
J. Kameron Carter