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July 2021

Race Matters in the Classroom

Race as Subject and Racial Subjectivities

Steed V. Davidson
Associate Professor of Old Testament
Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and Church Divinity School of the Pacific

Each night I watch Jeopardy. Occasionally I am thrilled when Tobago or Trinidad features in a clue. This thrill comes from knowing that the island where I grew up (area of 116 square miles) has found its way into the knowledge required of Jeopardy contestants. I take this small thrill, and I am painfully aware of how small it is, because for most of my life I have been told that the intellectual knowledge that matters consists of material outside of..

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Race Matters in the Classroom

It’s a Matrix

emilie m. townes
Dean and E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of Womanist Ethics and Society
Vanderbilt Divinity School The opening paragraph of the Vanderbilt University Statement of Commitments: The Divinity School is committed to the faith that brought the church into being, and it believes that one comes more authentically to grasp that faith by a critical and open examination of the Hebraic and Christian traditions. It understands this faith to have import for the common life of men and women in the world. Thus the school is committed to assisting its community in achieving a critical and.

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Teaching in Times of Ferguson: A Personal Reflection on Social Justice Pedagogy in a Theological School

Elias Ortega-Aponte, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Afro-Latinos/a Religions and Cultural Studies
Drew University

As I geared up to teach two social justice themed courses this Fall, my summer preparations were disrupted by the news of two tragedies and the reflections they prompted. First was the death of Omar Abrego, beaten to death by police on August 2 in Los Angeles. Witness reports claim that Abrego was taken out of his car and beaten up by two police officers for at least 10 minutes, and left in a pool of blood. The father of three would die hours later in a

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