Symposium on "Theology and Black Politics"


Location: Notre Dame Conference Center, McKenna Hall

This symposium has been designed by Vincent Lloyd, a professor of religion from Syracuse University and a 2012-2013 Fellow at the NDIAS.  A brief biography of Vincent Lloyd is available on the NDIAS website at:

The symposium features several prominent scholars, including J. Kameron Carter, Associate Professor of Theology, Duke Divinity School; Angela Dillard, Professor of Afroamerican and African Studies, University of Michigan; and Eddie Glaude, Professor and Chair of the Center for African American Studies, Princeton University. The symposium, sponsored by the Department of Africana Studies and the NDIAS, will include a number of open sessions available to University of Notre Dame faculty and students.

All Department of Theology faculty and students are warmly invited to participate in the symposium events and a schedule of sessions is attached. Sessions which may be of special interest include:

  • Seminar on Current Works in Progress with J. Kameron Carter, Eddie Glaude, and Vincent Lloyd (Thursday, January 31st, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in McKenna Hall, rooms 112 and 114; please contact Don Stelluto ( for copies of the papers to be presented and discussed);
  • Public Conversation on the Black Church Today (Thursday, January 31st at 7:30 p.m. in the McKenna Hall Auditorium) – Rev. Hugh R. Page, Jr., Dean, First Year of Studies and Chair, Department of Africana Studies, will moderate; and
  • Round Table Discussion on the Study of Religion, Race, and Politics (Friday, February 1st from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in McKenna Hall, rooms 100 and 104).

Professor Lloyd is also offering several undergraduate student seminars on this subject and in conjunction with the symposium. These seminars, which will include students in Africana studies, history, political science, and theology, will address key issues and these are designed to provide students with background and a framework for inquiry as well as to prepare them for additional participation during the symposium.