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Middle Passage Coversations, On Black Religion in the African Diaspora


April 3 5, 2008

Cumberland Landing, Va. Group of

Sponsored By

Yale Divinity School Yale Institute of Sacred Music Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Fund African American Studies Department Religious Studies Department Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program Whitney Humanities Center Saint Thomas More Center Expanding Horizons Program, The Fund for Theological Education New England-Maritimes Region of the American Academy of Religion Initiative on Religion and Politics at Yale


The conference features eight moderated interdisciplinary panels of over 40 scholars who will explore the ways in which they understand Black religiosity in their work. The moderator will invite the audience to join in as well. Another feature of the conference is the incorporation of the performing arts in the evening plenaries that will feature drama and music.

The conference is in four locations:

Yale Divinity School
409 Prospect Street
Whitney Humanities Center
53 Wall Street
Saint Thomas More Center
268 Park Street
Afro-American Cultural Center
211 Park Street


The conference capacity has been reached and we are no longer accepting registrations. If you would like to be placed on our mailing list for future events, please go to the registration page.


Emilie M. Townes, Conference Organizer
Andrew W. Mellon Professor of African American Religion and Theology
Yale Divinity School

Siobhán E. Garrigan
Assistant Professor of Liturgical Studies and Assistant Dean of Chapel
Yale Divinity School and the Institute of Sacred Music

L. Serene Jones
Titus Street Professor of Theology
Yale Divinity School

Yolanda Y. Smith
Assistant Professor of Christian Education
Yale Divinity School

Diana M. Swancutt
Associate Professor of New Testament
Yale Divinity School

Andre C. Willis
Assistant Professor of the Philosophy of Religion
Yale Divinity School

Conference Staff
Christiana Peppard, Staff Assistant             Neichelle Guidry, Student Assistant