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Celebrating Recent Work by Josef Sorett

New Books in the Arts and Sciences

Cosponsors
  • Dean of Humanities, Arts & Sciences
  • Dean of Social Science, Arts & Sciences
  • Department of Religion
Notes
  • Free and open to the public
  • First come, first seated
  • No registration necessary

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New Books in the Arts & Sciences
—panel discussions celebrating recent work by the Columbia Faculty

Spirit in the Dark: A Religious History of Racial Aesthetics by Josef Sorrett

Josef Sorett, Associate Professor of Religion and African-American Studies and Director of the Center on African-American Religion, Sexual Politics and Social Justice (CARSS), has just released his first book, Spirit in the Dark: A Religious History of Racial Aesthetics through Oxford University Press. Spirit in the Dark offers an account of the ways in which religion, especially Afro-Protestantism, remained pivotal to the ideas and aspirations of African American literature across much of the twentieth century.

Professor Sorett is currently at work on his second book, tentatively titled The Holy Holy Black: The Ironies of an African American Secular, which is also in contract with Oxford UP, and is additionally editing an anthology, The Sexual Politics of Black Churches.

Participants
  • Author Josef Sorett Associate Professor of Religion and African-American Studies Columbia University
  • Discussant Robert Gooding-Williams M. Moran Weston/Black Alumni Council Professor of African-American Studies,Professor of Philosophy Columbia University
  • Discussant Barbara Savage Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought University of Pennsylvania