Africans, African Americans, and the Abrahamic Religions Symposium Schedule
Boston University Photonics Center Colloquium Room, 9th floor PHO 906
April 19 – 20, 2012

Thursday, April 19:

9:00 AM – 9:45 AM- Registration

9:45 AM– 10:00 AM- Welcome remarks by Linda Heywood

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM- Session I: Africa to Pre-Emancipation  U. S.

11:30 AM – 12:15PM- Lunch

12:15 PM – 2:15 PM- Session II: Emancipation to Civil Rights

  • Robert Hill, “Adam-Abraham-Anglo-Saxon, The Indomitable Lepor’ in the Royal Parchment Scroll of Black Supremacy: The Religious Challenge of Revival and the Religion of Ras Tafari in Jamaica”
  • Mechal Sobel, “A fire in the belly: Bill Traylor’s hegira from African Baptist to Black Catholic”
  • Bettye Collier-Thomas, “The  Nexus: Women, Religion, Race, and Civil Rights”
  • Sylvester Johnson, “African Americans, Anticolonialism, and the Civilizationist Problem of Abrahamic Religions”
  • Moderator Walter Fluker

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM- Keynote Address by Lamin Sanneh

4:00 PM  Break at The Library Room at the Castle 225 Bay State Road Boston, MA DirectionsToCastle

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM Keynote address by Tudor Parfitt “1930: Annus mirabilis for Black Judaism”

6:30 PM – 8:00 PM- Speaker Dinner at the Castle 225 Bay State Road Boston, MA

Friday, April 20:

8:45 AM – 9:00 AM- Registration

9:00 AM – 9:15 AM- Call to Order: Welcome remarks by Linda Heywood

9:15 AM – 10:45 AM- Session III: Civil Rights to the Present

  • Laurence Mamiya, “Is the Black Church Dead?: An Assessment of the Black Church in the Post-Civil Rights Era”
  • Nimi Wariboko, “Spirituality and the Weight of Blackness in Nigerian Pentecostalism”
  • Edward Curtis IV, “A Transnational History of African American Islam”
  • Moderator Emily Budick

10:45 AM – 11:00 AM- Break

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM- Session IV: The Abrahamic Religions and the Atlantic World

12:30 PM – 1:00 PM- Break

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM- Session V: African Americans, Abrahamic Religions, and Social Justice Campaigns-Bag Lunch and Roundtable Discussion

3:00 PM – 3:45- Closing remarks by Albert Raboteau