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Townes to Speak at WSSU as Part of James A. Gray Lecture Series

Date:  November 8, 2012

Time:  9:30 am - 12 pm

Summary:  Dr. Emilie M. Townes, the first Andrew W. Mellon Professor of African American Religion and Theology at Yale Divinity School, will speak on Thursday, November 8, at 9:30 a.m. in Dillard Auditorium at the Anderson Conference Center on the campus of Winston-Salem State University.

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Dr. Emilie M. TownesDr. Emilie M. Townes, the first Andrew W. Mellon Professor of African American Religion and Theology at Yale Divinity School, will speak on Thursday, November 8, at 9:30 a.m. in Dillard Auditorium at the Anderson Conference Center on the campus of Winston-Salem State University.

The second speaker in the 2012-2013 series, Townes is a professor, author, ordained minister and womanist ethicist.  In her writing and research, Townes focuses on Christian and womanist ethics as well as cultural and social theory. Her most recent book is "Womanist Ethics and the Cultural Production of Evil."  Among her many other publications are "Breaking the Fine Rain of Death: African American Health issues and a Womanist Ethic of Care," "Womanist Justice, Womanist Hope" and "In a Blaze of Glory: Womanist Spirituality as Social Witness."

Townes is a founding member of the Initiative on Religion and Politics at Yale that seeks to bring a progressive religious voice to the education of seminarians, spark lively debate on the interplay of religion and politics, and speak to the pressing social issues of the day.  Prior to her appointment at Yale, Townes served as the Carolyn Beaird Professor of Christian Ethics at Union Theological Seminary in New York.  She is a former president of the American Academy of Religion and was inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009.

A native of Durham, N.C., Townes is an ordained American Baptist clergywoman. She holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from the University of Chicago Divinity School and a Ph.D. in Religion and Society and Personality from Northwestern University.  She holds honorary degrees from Washington and Jefferson College and Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary.  She is a fellow of Saybrook College.

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