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The James A. Noel Symposium: Black Religion, Materiality, and the Atlantic World

Friday, September 30th 2016, 9:00am to Saturday, October 1st 2016, 1:00pm

Please join friends, colleagues, and former students of the late Rev. Dr. James A. Noel, Ph.D. for an academic symposium discussing the four key issues of the African-American experience that shaped his work.

Dr. Noel was a highly respected member of the San Francisco Theological Seminary faculty as the H. Eugene Farlough Chair of African American Christianity, Professor of American Religion, and Convener of the Graduate Theological Union’s Black Church/Africana Studies Certificate Program. For 28 years, Dr. Noel graced SFTS and the GTU with inspiration and loving mentorship.

Organized by Aaron Grizzell, the Executive Director of the NorcalMLK Foundation, along with Dr. Christopher Ocker, Ph.D., Professor of Church History at San Francisco Theological Seminary, this symposium will feature prominent scholars of Black religion, history, and theology exploring four points of intersection between their own work and the work of Dr. Noel:

  • African-American religion as the substance of a kind of meta-identity emerging in response to the trauma, degradation, violence, and injustice of enslavement and the long-term impact of slavery on western societies.
  • Charles Long’s phenomenology of materiality
  • The Atlantic World as the space of historic exchanges involving black bodies
  • Implications of these things for Christianity, society, and African-American and Womanist theology and spiritual life.

There is no charge for this event, seating is limited. Click here for more information and to register

When: Friday, September 30, 2016 at 9:00 AM - Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 1:00 PM (PDT)

Where: San Francisco Theological Seminary - 101 Seminary Road Scott Hall 101, San Anselmo, CA 94960