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2011 C. Shelby Rooks Lecture

The Center for the Study of Black Faith and Life at the Chicago Theological Seminary presented the Fifth Annual C. Shelby Rooks Lectureship on Thursday, October 6th. Distinguished religious scholar, Dr. Charles H. Long, delivered the lecture titled “The Secret Cargo: Understanding African American Religion." 

Dr. Charles Long is Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara. He has held faculty positions as Professor of the History of Religions at the University of Chicago where he earned his doctorate; William Rand Kenan, Jr. Professor of History of Religions at the University of North Carolina; and Professor of History of Religions at Duke University. While at the University of Chicago, Long, along with a group of his colleagues established the first curriculum for the study of religion. He was a member and subsequently served as Chair of the History of Religions field and the Committee of African Studies, respectively, at the University of Chicago.






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