From the Director's Desk
This February CACE is pleased to welcome Dr. Eddie Glaude of Princeton University to campus to discuss an approach to African-American identity related to philosophical pragmatism. It promises to be a stimulating evening. An event addressing African-American identity prompts the question “why is it important or significant to have a month celebrating the history of particular group of people, and why might it be important for Christians to actually care about this specific identity and history ?” While a book could be written on the topic, one response emerges from fidelity to the second greatest commandment: “love your neighbor as yourself” (Mt. 22:38). Tied into this command is an assumption that we will seek the flourishing of others even as we seek the best for ourselves. In the history of the United States, there is a difficult legacy tied to the role of African-Americans (it is not the only challenging legacy, but it is a central legacy tied to the emergence of our country); one of the ways we can express a commitment to the resolution of this difficult past (and present) is to express a commitment to the flourishing of those whose heritage contains much pain and sorrow along with some notable contributions to this country. On the question of identity specifically, there is a significant conundrum that remains as a result of the legacies of slavery and oppression and various efforts toward full participation as U.S. citizens. There is much debate about African-American identity (including the question of whether “African-American” is an appropriate designation), and while it is a particular and specific question of identity, we should see it as a question that the entire church should help answer. Dr. Glaude will give us one approach, but what should ours be? How do our doctrines of creation, church, incarnation, and anthropology help us to provide a contribution to questions of ethnic identity? My sense is that we have much work to do here, but the optimist in me believes we can be vital in this conversation.
We have included a link to the final chapter and epilogue of Dr. Glaude’s recent work on pragmatism and the African-American politics, as well as information about his lecture and other upcoming events, including an intriguing event related to Christian identity and the eucharist.
Vincent Bacote, Ph.D.
"African-American Identity Through a Pragmatic Lens"
Wednesday, February 3, 7 PM
featuring Dr. Eddie S. Glaude, Jr
Director of the Center for African American Studies, Princeton University
The Ethics Center will host Princeton Professor of Religion and African American Studies, Eddie Glaude Jr., for a valuable opportunity to learn more on African American Identity. Professor Glaude’s research interests include American pragmatism, specifically the work of John Dewey, and African American religious history. His work also includes African-American Religious Thought: An Anthology, co-edited with Cornel West. Recent courses taught by him include “Black Power and Its Theology of Liberation” and “Religion in Black America: The Twentieth Century.”
Other available resources on African American Identity can be found below:
Race Matters – Cornel West
African American Communication: Exploring Identity and Culture – Michael Hecht
In A Shade of Blue Excerpt - Dr. Eddie Glaude, Jr.
Center for African American Studies, Princeton
Princeton YouTube Channel featuring Dr. Glaude
Spring 2010 Events:
AUDIO NOW AVAILBLE for the Emerging Church Event, featuring Dan Kimball
"Who's welcome at the table?"
February 10, 2010 4:00 pm Blanchard Hall
featuring Wheaton College Faculty and Local pastors discussing the Eucharist
"Exploring Identity: Created or Crafted?"
March 16, 17 & 18 CACE Spring Conference
featuring Anthony Bradley, King's College, NY
The Identity of a Christian College
President Duane Litfin
Wednesday, March 31, 7:00 pm, Barrows Auditorium