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2010 Seminars

The Power of Race in American Religion
June 21 - July 9, 2010

Directed by
Michael Emerson

Co-sponsored by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship
Funded by the Lilly Endowment, Inc.

Seminar Description

Race and religion are intimately linked to one another in the United States. In this three-week seminar, we closely examine these connections and their implications for social and religious life, analyze different alternatives in light of faith traditions, and consider the benefits and costs of different approaches for different groups, all in an attempt to bring clarity to these issues and outline avenues for research and teaching. To that end we also focus on theoretical views of religion, race, ethnicity, and immigration. Participants work on their own race and religion studies during the seminar, and will receive guided feedback in a supportive environment.

About the Director

Dr. Michael Emerson is the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and Founding Director of the Center on Race, Religion, and Urban Life at Rice University. He has co-authored several provocative, award winning books on race and religion, including Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America (Oxford), People of the Dream: Multiracial Congregations in the United States (Princeton), and Against All Odds: The Struggle for Racial Integration in Religious Institutions (NYU Press). Currently he is directing the Panel Study of American Religion and Ethnicity, following 2600 people over the course of their lives, and co-directing a study of how immigrants use religion to engage civic life. He has several forthcoming works including Transcending Racial Barriers (with George Yancey) and a co-authored textbook Religion Matters (Allyn & Bacon).

About the Guest Speakers

Dr. Korie L. Edwards is Assistant Professor of Sociology at The Ohio State University. Her research focuses on the interface of race and ethnicity and religion, with a particular interest in racially diverse and African-American religious organizations. She is the author of numerous articles and several books, including The Elusive Dream: The Power of Race in Interracial Churches.


Dr. Kathleen Garces-Foley is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. She is author of Crossing the Ethnic Divide: The Multiethnic Church on a Mission (Oxford University Press, 2007) and editor of Death and Religion in a Changing World (M.E. Sharpe, 2006).


Dr. Gerardo Marti is L. Richardson King Assistant Professor of Sociology at Davidson College and author of two books: A Mosaic of Believers: Diversity and Innovation in a Multiethnic Church (Indiana University Press, 2009) and Hollywood Faith: Holiness, Prosperity, and Ambition in a Los Angeles Church (Rutgers University Press, 2008). He is currently writing a new book on music and worship in racially diverse congregations under contract with Oxford University Press.


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