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Princeton religion professor Judith Weisenfeld to discuss the “Great Migration” of African-Americans from the U.S. south to north, on April 13, 2011.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY -- Princeton University professor Judith Weisenfeld, a specialist in early twentieth-century African American religious history, will discuss “Black Gods, Prophets, and Utopian Visions: Religion and Racial Identity in the Great Migration” on  Wednesday, April 13 at 5:30pm in Taylor Hall room 203.  Weisenfeld was awarded a 2010-2011 National Endowment for the Humanities Faculty Fellowship for her book project on this subject. Her talk is a Frederic C. Wood Lecture sponsored by the Department of Religion, and is free and open to the public.

Judith Weisenfeld is Professor of Religion at Princeton University where she is also Associate Faculty in the Center for African American Studies (Weisenfeld was a religion professor at Vassar from 2000-2007). Her work has focused on African American women’s religious history, religion in film and popular culture, and religion and constructions of race.  Weisenfeld has authored Hollywood Be Thy Name: African American Religion in American Film, 1929-1949 (California, 2007), and African American Women and Christian Activism: New York's Black YWCA, 1905-1945 (Harvard 1997), as well as co-editing This Far By Faith: Readings in African American Women’s Religious Biography with Richard Newman (Routledge, 1995). Her current projects include an edited collection on American religion and documentary film.

Professor Weisenfeld founded The North Star: A Journal of African American Religious History, which she edited from 1997-2005. She also co-edited with Christine diStefano and Priscilla Wald the special issue of SIGNS: Journal of Women in Culture and Society on “Institutions, Regulation, and Social Control” (Summer, 1999).

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Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential, liberal arts college founded in 1861.


Posted by Office of Communications Friday, April 8, 2011