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Spirit in the Dark: A Religious History of Racial Aesthetics

February 23, 2017 @ 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm

New Books in the Arts and Sciences – panel discussions celebrating recent work by the Columbia Faculty

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 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.

He will discuss the book with Courtney BenderRobert Gooding-Williams, and Barbara Savage.  More information at heymancenter.org.



February 23, 2017
6:15 pm - 7:30 pm
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Heyman Center for the Humanities Common Room
74 Morningside Dr
New York, NY 10027 United States
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