C. Shelby Rooks Legacy Event
Chicago Theological Seminary's Center for Study of Black Faith & Life Presents the C. Shelby Rooks Legacy Event

2013 C. Shelby Rooks Legacy Event


Black Faith & Black Theology Symposium

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
5:00 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Refreshments will be served

Moderated by the Rev. Dr. Lee H. Butler
Panel guests include CTS' the Rev. Dr. JoAnne Marie Terrell; the Rev. Dr. Linda Thomas of the Lutheran School of Theology; the Rev. Dr. B. Herbert Martin, Senior Pastor of People's Progressive Community Church, and the Rev. Julian DeShazier, Senior Minister of University Church Chicago.

7th Annual C. Shelby Rooks Lecture

Dr. Jonathan Walton

Thursday, October 10, 2013
5:15 p.m. Reception & 6:30pm Lecture
(This lecture will be STREAMED LIVE.)

The Rev. Dr. Jonathan Walton, Professor of Christian Morals at Harvard University and the Pusey Minister in Harvard's Memorial Church, presents, "The Du Boisian Dilemma: Sacrificing the Faith in Order to Save the Race."

At the dawn of the 19th century, race and religion were bound together in prevailing secularization narratives of primitive culture, acculturation, and social advancement. Many scientific racists, including at institutions such as Harvard, believed person of African descent were unable to develop along the continuum of European Enlightenment ideals (i.e., rationalization, privatization, and universalism). Other "progressive" social scientists identified "primitive" religious practices as a retarding factor pulling downward against "Negro uplift." What were the implications, then, for the academic study of African American religious life in such a context? This lecture examines the ways W.E.B Du Bois navigated this dilemma and thus established the contours for the academic study of black religious life.

Learn more about this year's lecture or learn about the history of the C. Shelby Rooks Lecture

Cultural Celebration

 Friday, October 11, 2013
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

This family friendly event includes spoken word artistry by Elle Monee, the musical talent of the Joe Jones Quartet, and the artwork of Katrice Buckley.

All events are free and open to the public and the CTS parking lot will be open.
For more information contact: 773.896.2462