Laurie Maffly-Kipp, 2013 Greenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will give a public lecture Thursday, March 14 titled “From Fetish to Art: African American Liberation and the Colonial Creation of Culture.” The lecture, followed by a reception, will take place at 4:30 p.m. in the Rittenberg Lounge, located on the second floor of Mather Hall on Summit Street on the campus of Trinity College.
Dr. Maffly-Kipp is renowned for important research on African-American religions, Mormonism, religion on the Pacific borderlands of the Americas, and issues of intercultural contact. In Religion and Society in Frontier California (1994), she explored Protestant spiritual practices in gold-rush California. In articles on Mormon-Protestant conflicts in the Pacific Islands, African-Americans in Haiti and Africa, and Protestant outreach to Chinese immigrants in California, she has analyzed the religious contours of nineteenth-century American life. Her most recent book is Setting Down the Sacred Past: African American Race Histories (2010).
Each year, the Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life selects a leading scholar of religion to spend a week on campus engaging with faculty, students, and members of the community including a public lecture.
For more information on the event, call Christine McMorris (860) 297 2353.