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Third Biennial Conference of The Society of Race, Ethnicity and Religion (SRER) will be held at Vanderbilt Divinity School Oct 27-29, 2017.
Plenary Speakers: Drs. Emilie Townes, Stacey Floyd-Thomas, Laura Livett, David Kyuman Kim


October 27, 2017

1:00 – 2:00 PM

Opening Plenary

Dr. Emilie Townes (Vanderbilt Divinity School), “You Can’t Get to Justice By Living in Silos”

2:15 – 3:30 PM
Womanist Pedagogy

Dr. Angela Parker (Seattle School of Theology and Psychology), “The Importance for Radical Love in the Simultaneous Conflict/Care of Evangelical Students:  Developing a Womanist Pedagogy”

Drs. David Humphrey (Pepperdine University) and Sheron Fraser-Burgess (Ball State University), “Spectatorship and Black Bodies:  Excavating the Inner Visions that Bind”

Dr. Melanie Jones (Brite Divinity School), “#WomanistsTaughtUs:  Radical Love on Top in Millennial Womanism

3:30 – 4:30 PM

Popular Culture and Pedagogy

Drs. Monica Miller (Lehigh University) and Christopher Driscoll (Lehigh University), “Love and Hip Hop:  Teaching/Embodying Interracial Studies in the 21st Century”

Dr. Aundrea Matthews (Aperion Global Institute), “Thinking Out the Box with Digital Learning:  Radical Love Politics and the Internet”

 4:45 – 5:45 PM

Workshop on The Pedagogy of Deep Solidarity

Dr. Joerg Rieger (Vanderbilt Divinity School)

Professor Rosemaire Henkel-Rieger (Vanderbilt Divinity School)

 6:00 PM


October 28, 2017

8:00 – 9:00 AM

Pedagogy and the Nature of Leadership

Professor Sabrina Dent (Virginia Union University), “Interfaith Leaders Revealed:  A Study of Social Beliefs on Race”

Dr. Barbara Fears (Howard University), “For Such a Time as This:  The Underground Railroad as a Model for Teaching about Power, Privilege and Politics” 

 9:15 – 10:15 AM


Dr. David Kyuman Kim (Connecticut College)

10:30 – 11:30 AM 

Workshop on Implicit Bias and Intersectionality

Professor Blanche Cook (Wayne State University Law School)

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM


1:15 – 2:15 PM

Presidential Address

Dr. Stacey Floyd-Thomas (Vanderbilt Divinity School)

2:30 – 3:45 PM

Embodiment and Pedagogy

Drs. Sheron Fraser-Burgess (Ball State University), Kiesha Warren-Gordon (Ball State University), and David Humphrey (Pepperdine University), “Pedagogy for an Intersectional Democracy:  Love and Diverse Interlocation”

Dr. Cona Marshall (Lebanon Valley College), “Dying Laughing:  Womanist Comedic Redemption of Love and Liberation”

Dr. Jeremy Posadas (Austin College), “Complexities of Intersectionality:  Cultivating Solidarity across Fractures of Race, Gender, and Class in Rural White America”

4:00 – 5:00 PM
Navigating Ideas, Identity in the Life of the Mind

Dr. Volney Gay (Vanderbilt University), “Doing Psychotherapy and Teaching about Justice”

Dr. Phillis Sheppard (Vanderbilt University), “Pedagogy, Womanist Pastoral Theology and Social Justice:  Teaching as if Our Lives Depended On It”

5:15 – 6:15 PM
Teaching from and for the Margins in These Troubled Times

Dr. Shabana Mir (American Islamic College)

Dr. Sophia Ariana (Western Kentucky University)

 6:15 – 8:00 PM

8:00 – 9:00 PM 

Film – Trails of Hope and Terror

October 29, 2017

8:00 – 9:00 AM

Critical Service Learning Workshop

Dr. Cristina Santamaria-Graff (School of Education-Indianapolis)

Dr. Kiesha Warren-Gordon (Ball State University)

9:15 – 10:15 AM


Dr. Laura S. Levitt (Temple University), “Analogies Otherwise: A Relational Reading of Racialization, Alliance Politics and Revolutionary Love”

 10:30-11:30 AM
 On Being a Scholar-Activist Workshop

Dr. Miguel De La Torre (Iliff School of Theology)

Dr. Grace Ji-Sun Kim (Earlham School of Religion)

 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Business Meeting