WSSU Dean to Deliver Inaugural Hanes Lecture in the Humanities

April 4, 2014

Corey D. B. WalkerCorey D. B. Walker, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and inaugural John W. and Anna Hodgin Hanes Professor of the Humanities  at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU), will deliver the inaugural lecture in honor of the establishment of the Hanes Professorship on Thursday, April 10, at 3:30 p.m. in the Diggs Gallery on the university campus.

In addition to the lecture, which is entitled The Humanities and An/Other Human, there will be a symposium to discuss the current state of the humanities earlier that day at 10 a.m. in the Donald J. Reaves Student Activities Center on campus.  That discussion will include noted scholar Charles H. Long along with scholars from Brown University, Fayetteville State University and the University of Virginia.  Both the lecture and the symposium are free and open to the public.

Walker, a scholar of African-American social, political and religious thought, joined the faculty at WSSU from Brown University where he served as chair of the department of Africana Studies and was also an affiliated faculty member in the departments of American studies and religious studies, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America and the Committee on Science and Technology Studies.  From 2010-2012, Walker was a non-resident fellow at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African-American Research at Harvard University.

The author of The Freemasonry of the Race: African American Freemasonry and the Struggle for Democracy in America, Walker recently completed the manuscript for another book project entitled Between Transcendence and History: An Essay on Religion and the Future of Democracy in America.  He is editor of the special issue of the journal Political Theology on "Theology and Democratic Futures" and serves as associate editor of the award winning SAGE Encyclopedia of Identity.  Walker also co-directed and co-produced the documentary film Fifeville with acclaimed artist and filmmaker Kevin Jerome Everson.

The John W. and Anna Hodgin Hanes Professorship was funded through a $500,000 gift from the John W. and  Anna Hodgin Hanes Foundation and a $500,000 matching gift from The UNC Board of Governors' Distinguished Professors Endowment Trust Fund.

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