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2011 Gilberto Castañeda Lecture

“The Dancing Mind: Queer Black Bodies and Activism in Academy and Church”

Dr. Emilie M. Townes
Andrew W. Mellon Professor of African American Religion and Theology at Yale Divinity School

Thursday, April 28, 2011
Reception, 5:00 p.m., First Floor Cloisters
Lecture, 6:00 p.m., Graham Taylor Hall


CTS, and the LGBTQ Religious Studies Center in particular, welcomed Professor Emilie M. Townes as the 2011 Gilberto Castañeda lecturer. Professor Townes is Andrew W. Mellon Professor of African American Religion and Theology at Yale Divinity School. Prior to her appointment at Yale, Professor Townes was the Carolyn Beaird Professor of Christian Ethics at Union Theological Seminary in New York. She also served as president of the American Academy of Religion in 2008 and is an ordained American Baptist clergywoman. In her teaching and research interests, Professor Townes inhabits the fields of Christian ethics, womanist ethics, critical social theory, cultural theory and studies. Her specific interests include health and health care; the cultural production of evil; analyzing the linkages among race, gender, class, and other forms of oppression; and developing a network between African American and Afro-Brazilian religious and secular leaders and community-based organizations. Among her many publications are Breaking the Fine Rain of Death: African American Health and a Womanist Ethic of Care; Womanist Justice, Womanist Hope; and In a Blaze of Glory: Womanist Spirituality as Social Witness.