Symposium Schedule

Thursday, April 25

UNC Charlotte Center City Auditorium

6:30-8:00 Opening Event

Moderated Conversation with Babalorixá Gustavo Melo Cerqueira, “Religious Racism in Brazil: Evangelical Extremism against African Diaspora Faiths.”

8:00-9:00 Reception

Friday, April 26

UNC Charlotte Main Campus

Room: Atkins Library 143

8:30am- Welcome/Introductory Remarks

9:00am-9:55am Panel One: The History of Racism & Christianity

  • Audra Savage, “Defining Racism: Religion’s Enduring Legacy”
  • Shannen Dee Williams, “The Problem of Accepting Colored Girls as Postulants”: White Catholic Sisterhoods and the Limits of Racial Charity in Post-World War II Chicago”

10:00am-10:55am- Panel Two: Racialized Representations of African & Caribbean Religions

  • Elana Jefferson-Tatum, “Religious Race, Racing Religion: African Religious Cultures and Fetish Legacies in the Invention of “Religion”
  • Lizzette Busquets, “Unfree to Worship: Representations of Voodoo and Santería in the American and Spanish Caribbean Press Since Late Nineteenth Century”

11:00am-11:55am Panel Three: Race, Religion & “Radicalization”

  • Aïcha Bounaga, “Islamophobia and the Prevention of “Radicalization” in France”
  • Danielle Boaz, “Devils, Dreads and Disruptions: Minority Religions and the Right to Education”

12:30pm- 1:25pm Special Presentation by Dr. Abbas Barzegar, Director of the Department of Research and Advocacy, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

1:30pm – 2:25pm Panel Four: White Supremacy, Segregation & American Protestantism

  • Ansley Quiros, “These Doors are Closed: Theology and White Supremacy in Georgia”
  • Julia Robinson Moore, “Sacred Racism”: American Presbyterianism and the Rituals of Race Discrimination”

2:30pm-3:25pm- Panel Five: Conceptualizing Race & Religion

  • Claire L. Sahlin and Marcella C. Clinard, “Teaching the Intersections of Race and Religion in Women’s and Gender Studies”
  • Kevin Schilbrack, “Can ‘religion’ and ‘race’ be disentangled?”