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Images of Christ in Black Politics

Speaker: Melissa Harris-Lacewell, an associate professor of politics and African American studies at Princeton University Location: Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs Date: Apr 30, 2008 Melissa Harris-Lacewell is an associate professor of politics and African American studies at Princeton. She received her B.A. in English from Wake Forest University, her Ph.D. in political science from Duke University and an honorary doctorate from Meadville Lombard Theological School. She is also a student at Union Theological Seminary in New York. Harris-Lacewell is author of "Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought" (Princeton 2004). This text demonstrates how African Americans develop political ideas through ordinary conversations in places like barbershops, churches, and popular culture. The work was awarded the 2005 W.E.B. DuBois book award from the National Conference of Black Political Scientists. It is also the winner of the 2005 Best Book Award from the Race and Ethnic Politics Section of the American Political Science Association. Her academic research has been published in scholarly journals and edited volumes and her interests include the study of African American political thought, black religious ideas and practice, and social and clinical psychology. Harris-Lacewell is at work on a new book "For Colored Girls Who've Considered Politics When Being Strong Wasn't Enough." It is an examination of the connections between shame, sadness, and strength in African American women's politics.
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