Willie Jennings is one of the world’s leading thinkers on race in the modern world. A theologian and associate professor of systematic theology and Africana studies at Yale University, he’s an ordained Baptist minister and the author of the award-winning The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race. His book After Whiteness: An Education in Belonging was published last year, and he has also recorded a podcast for Theos’ The Sacred.
His lecture will explore the past, present and future of race in the Western world. Promoting belonging, equity, and inclusion have become crucial goals in the academy and western society more broadly. Yet, he argues, we are in need of a new vision of intellectual and moral formation that brings these goals into the heart of our educational systems and our social practices. Such a vision requires we confront the image of formation that has dominated the educated imagination – that of a white self-sufficient man. In this lecture, Willie will propose a different image and a new vision around which to imagine societies that promote equity, inclusion, and belonging.
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