Lutheran Studies Conference Schedule
``Black Bodies and the Justice of God``
1 p.m. - 5 p.m. with keynote lecture at 7 p.m.
Free and open to the public
Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018
Noon – 1 p.m. | Registration in the University Center Upper Lobby
All session take place in the Scandinavian Cultural Center in the Anderson University Center
1 - 1:15 p.m. | Welcome & Opening remarks: Black Bodies, the Justice of God and the Lutheran Tradition
- Dr. Marit Trelstad, PLU Chair of Lutheran Studies
1:15 - 2:15 p.m. | “Hush No More: Constructing an African American Lutheran Womanist Ethic”
- Rev. Dr. Beverly Wallace, Shaw University Divinity School
In this lecture, Dr. Wallace will discuss how we need an understanding of the multiple perspectives so that we have a fuller picture of humankind and the needs of God’s people. In particular, Wallace advances her perspective as a womanist theologian, attentive to the experience of black women in the United States, and how this informs Lutheran theology and ethics.
2:15 - 2:30 p.m. | Short break
2:30 - 3:30 p.m. | PLU Student and Administration Panel on Black Bodies and Justice, Ta Nehisi Coates’ book Between the World and Me with responses from Dr. Wallace and Dr. Williams.
Say Her Name: The Impact of white Supremacy on the Bodies of Black Womxn
The panelist will explore the question, “how do I live free in this Black body?” posed by Ta-Nehisi Coates in his book, Between the World and Me. Drawing from Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw’s theory of intersectionality, we will share letters we might write to our daughters that center our multi-dimensional experiences of being Black Womxn in the United States.
3:45 - 5 p.m. | “Get Me Bodied”: Beyoncè, Bodies, and Blackness
In this session, Dr. Smith and Ms. Taiwo will argue that the visual texts and lyrics of Beyoncè Knowles-Carter–from Self-Titled to Lemonade to Everything is Love–construct progressively radical spaces where Black women hold agency of their bodies. They will explore how Beyoncè’s work presents this agency within the context of Black women as embodied subjects (vs. objects) whose self-love is the foundation of a justice-centered love politics.
5 - 7 p.m. | Dinner break
7 - 8:30 p.m. | Keynote lecture: “Bonhoeffer’s Black Jesus”
- Dr. Reggie Williams, McCormick Theological Seminary
Dietrich Bonhoeffer is perhaps the most loved and respected Lutheran theologian. Williams walks us through the development of Bonhoeffer’s theology and resistance to the Nazi party in Germany as it was profoundly shaped by black congregations and theology in the United States. He will speak on the topic of his critically acclaimed book Bonhoeffer’s Black Jesus. Bonhoeffer’s “Christ the Center,” built with understandings of faith and Christ in the Black churches, continues to have relevance and meaning for faith and ethics today.