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Reading at the Table/Searching for the New Black Man: Black Masculinity and Women's Bodies

"Both historical and topical, The Search for the New Black Man provides new insights as it contextualizes Walter Mosley's Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned in the tradition of the neo-slave narrative and President Obama's autobiography against DuBois's Dark Princess. Professor Ronda Henry Anthony carries the conversation from the historical sources into our lives, opening conversations crucial to our understanding of black masculinities and their implications for America in the 21st century." andmdash;Missy Dehn Kubitschek, professor of English, Africana studies, women's studies, and American studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis "At this crucial juncture in our nation's history when the most powerful black man in America and arguably the world resides in the White House and also identifies as a feminist and endorses gay rights, Searching for the New Black Man intervenes to help us make sense of it all historically, including the link between black feminist agitation and how black men, like Barack Obama, understand and negotiate their masculinity today. Her critical engagement with the challenges of crafting a progressive, pro-feminist black masculinity is not only timely but wickedly insightful. Rather than just rehearse a romanticized vision of transformative black feminist politics as it informs new modes of progressive black masculinities, Henry interrogates the obstaclesandmdash;ideological and materialandmdash;that have made achieving such masculine ideals so elusive intraracially from slavery to the present day. In a word, Searching for the New Black Man makes a substantial contributions to black masculinity and feminist scholarship." andmdash;David Ikard, associate professor of English at Florida State University and author of Breaking the Silence: Towards a Black Male Feminist Criticism Searching for the New Black Man: Black Masculinity and Women’s Bodies, Barnes and Noble,. Retrieved from

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2015 Taylor Symposium: Encountering Religions Through Performance

Encountering Religions Through Performance Chanting the Qur’an, tending to deities, dancing to drums, singing spirituals: people experience their religions through many kinds of performance. Performance also provides ways to encounter others’ religions, often serving as an initial introduction to traditions from different communities and cultures. Urban settings include a multiplicity of religious "performances" and a breadth of religious practice. The 26th Joseph T. Taylor Symposium will explore Indianapolis’s religious diversity and provide attendees opportunities to witness and discuss religion’s performative aspects. 8:30 am andndash; 8:55 am Registration Campus Center Theater (lower level) 8:55 am andndash; 9:00 am Welcome Campus Center Theater (lower level) William Blomquist, Dean; Professor of Political Science, IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI 9:00 am andndash; 9:45 am Feeling the Spirit Campus Center Theater (lower level) Gospel music has become an increasingly popular music genre and can be consumed in a number of different venues. Explore the performance and reception of gospel music in local African American Christian communities, specifically highlighting the role of gospel music and musically-inspired worship (communion with the divine) in the spiritual, social, and political lives of African American Christians. Participants: John Ray, Minister of Music, Light of the World Christian Church Light of the World Gospel Ensemble Moderator: Joseph Tucker Edmonds, Assistant Professor of Africana Studies and Religious Studies, IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI 9:45 am andndash; 10:00 am Break 10:00 am andndash; 10:45 am Hearing Allah’s Presence Campus Center Theater (lower level) Chanting and listening to the Qur’an are central to many Muslims’ worship and daily living. Mohamad Saltagi memorized the entire Qur’an as a student. He discusses hearing its poetry and guidance reverberate throughout his life. Participant: Mohamad Saltagi, Student, IU School of Medicine Moderator: David M. Craig, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI 10:45 am andndash; 11:00 am Break 11:00 am andndash; 11:45 am Realization of Divinity Campus Center Theater (lower level) Every day in Indianapolis, Hindus perform puja, the "worship" of deities installed privately in their homes or publicly at Hindu temples, where many people attend the installation of deities in order to participate in the first darshana or "vision" of them. Our speakers will share their knowledge of the key performances around the installation of deities at the Hindu Temple of Central Indiana. Participants: Dr. Anil Bajpai, Board of Trustees, Hindu Temple of Central Indiana Shivani Bajpai, Student, IUPUI Moderator: Andrea R. Jain, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI 11:45 am andndash; 12:00 pm Break 12:00 pm andndash; 2:00 pm Luncheon Campus Center 450 (fourth floor) Seating is limited. Reservations are required. Presentation of the Joseph T. Taylor Excellence in Diversity Awards Charles R. Bantz, Chancellor, IUPUI; Executive Vice President, Indiana University; Professor of Communication Studies, IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI Luncheon Performance and Discussion Sancocho Music and Dance Collage Sancocho is a musical group dedicated to researching and performing African-derived music and dance from Spanish-speaking cultures of the Caribbean. (The term "Sancocho" comes from the name of a stew in Latin America that combines meats, vegetables and spices to create a unique taste.) Sancocho uses various percussion instruments to underscore the strong African retentions found in the black diaspora. The term "edutainment" best describes the group in that the main audiences are children, universities, and public festivals. Iris Rosa and Anthony Artis founded the ensemble in 1995. Discussion host: Kelly E. Hayes, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI The Joseph Taylor Symposium Dr. Joseph T. Taylor served as a Professor of Sociology from 1965 to 1983 and as first Dean of the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI from 1967-1978. Dr. Taylor is remembered for his commitment to dialogue and diversity. The Joseph T. Taylor Symposium honors Dr. Taylor for his many contributions to the University and to the community by hosting informed discussion on issues of concern in urban America. The 26th Joseph T. Taylor Symposium is offered in celebration of all Dr. Taylor stood for during his lifetime and stands as a lasting legacy to his vision and life work. Hosted by the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI Office of Development and External Affairs and the Department of Religious Studies

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A Celebration of Scholarship: The Liberal Arts Honors Convocation

A Celebration of Scholarship: The Liberal Arts Honors Convocation Student Recipient Registration at 2:15 pm General Registration and Reception at 2:30 pm Program begins promptly at 3:00 pm Further details to follow. Hosted by the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI Office of Development and External Affairs

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