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African Masculinities: New Approaches, May 4, 2021

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Please join us for a discussion of new scholarly approaches to African masculinities and their public import, featuring:

Kwame Otu, Assistant Professor of African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia. Trained as an anthropologist, Otu’s research focuses on sexual citizenship, queer of color theory, and critical human rights studies. His book manuscript is entitled Amphibious Subjects: Sassoi and the Contested Politics of Queer Self-Making in Neoliberal Ghana. Otu wrote and starred in the short film Reluctantly Queer.”   

Siphiwe Dube, Senior Lecturer in Political Studies at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa. A scholar of African political theory, religion and politics, gender, and critical theory, Dube has written on topics ranging from ex-gay ministry, Black men in post-apartheid South Africa, masculinities in popular film, and transitional justice. He received his doctorate from the University of Toronto and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pretoria.

With discussant Norman Ajari, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Villanova University. Ajari is a scholar of the philosophy of race, decolonial theory, and Continental philosophy, and he is the author of Dignity or Death? The Ethics and Politics of Race. He received his doctorate from the University of Toulouse and is a frequent commentator in French media on questions of race.

Sponsored by Villanova University’s Africana Studies Program

Join us via zoom on Tuesday, May 4, from 12:30 to 1:30 EST

Is Christianity the Source of Racism?: April 30, 2021

Denise Buell (Cluett Professor of Religion, Williams College), discussing "Christianity as a Source of Racism: Some Implications and Challenges”

& Terrence Keel (Associate Professor of African American Studies, UCLA), discussing “Christianity, Race, and the Haunting of Life Science”

with responses from Katie Grimes (Associate Professor of Christian Ethics, Villanova) and Rev. Andre Price (doctoral student, Villanova)

Please register for this webinar and join us via Zoom on April 30 from 2 - 4 PM.

For more information, you can visit the Facebook event.

What Is Black Biblical Studies? Between the University, Community, and Church: April 19, 2021

What is Black Biblical Studies?

Join a discussion about Black Studies and Biblical Studies, with a focus on the relationship between scholarship and communal responsibility/activism, led by three experts:

Kenneth Ngwa, Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible at Drew Theological School

Stacy Davis, Professor and Chair of Religious Studies, St. Mary’s College

Angela Parker, Assistant Professor of New Testament at McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University

Please register and join us via Zoom on April 19 from 3 - 4:15 PM.

Virtual Book Club: Unapologetic

Virtual Book Club: "Unapologetic"

We’ll be reading and discussing activist Charlene Carruthers’ book Unapologetic, about grassroots racial justice movements in recent years. If you are interested in joining, please email Sean ( by October 6; we can provide copies of the book to Villanova community members. Meeting schedule will be determined in consultation with those who indicate interest.

Black at Villanova: Reflections on 40 Years - 10/15

Black at Villanova: Reflections on 40 Years

We’re hosting a virtual conversation with Prof. Terry Nance and Prof. Maghan Keita, moderated by a representative of the Villanova University Black Alumni group. They will reflect on changes in the campus culture; past, current, and future struggles against racism; and sources of hope and inspiration for imagining institutional transformation.

October 15, 1-2pm

The Religion of White Rage - 10/28

Discussion featuring Syracuse Religion Prof. Biko Mandela Gray and Louisiana State African American Studies scholars Prof. Stephen Finley and Prof. Lori L. Martin. Gray, Finley, and Martin co-edited a book titled The Religion of White Rage that was just published, and they will be discussing that book and the broader issues it raises. Co-sponsored with Villanova Political Theology Project.

10/28, 7pm,

Sixty Years After Independence: Rethinking France's Colonial Legacy in Africa: 11/6-11/7

Sixty Years After Independence: Rethinking France's Colonial Legacy in Africa

An interdisciplinary conference held virtually, organized by Olukunle Owolabi with Etienne Achille, featuring twenty leading scholars from North America, Europe, and Africa. November 6-7.

Registration is now open for our conference Sixty Years After Independence: Rethinking France's Colonial Legacy in Africa.

Register here.

Black Perspectives on the Election

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In the days after the election, we will be joined by leading national experts to reflect on the meaning of the election for Black communities, moderated by Camille Burge (Political Science, Villanova). Details will be announced shortly.

Join here.


What is Critical Race Theory?

With “critical race theory” in the news, many are asking what it means and what kind of scholarship it leads to. Prof. Glenn Bracey (Sociology, Villanova) and Prof. K-Sue Park (Law, Georgetown) will lead an informal, accessible discussion of these issues. Details will be announced shortly.


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