Book and Movie Selections from IJET’s Featured Speakers

Capping off our year-long focus on Faith or Justice?: Ironies, Inequalities and Ideologies, the Multicultural Student Center and Institute for Justice Education and Transformation (IJET) will be sponsoring a symposium on Race, Religion and Representation. The symposium starts on March 15 with Dr. Anthony Pinn’s public lecture, Body Language: Embodiment, Materiality and the Reframing of African American Religion,  in the Red Gym’s On Wisconsin Room from 7-9pm.  As a reflection of this year’s Social Justice Speakers and Trainers Series, we offer a list of books and other media by our featured guests.

Dr. Anthony Pinn is a Professor of Humanities and Professor of Religious Studies at Rice University. He also serves as the Executive Director of the Society. A prolific author of many books, we highlighted some of his publications that specifically highlight our symposium’s theme of Race, Religion, and Representation.

Dr. John Francis is a Visiting Professor at the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. His lecture Ragged Edge of Silence earlier this semester used storytelling, music, artwork, discussion and interactive practice with silence to participants in thinking about the connections between silence and listening, humanity and sustainability, and faith and justice. Francis is the author of two books:

Winona Laduke is an internationally reknown Native American activist working on issues of sustainable development, renewable energy and food systems. She is a two-time vice presidential candidate with Ralph Nader and  she founded the White Earth Land Recovery Project, one of the largest reservation based non-profit organizations in the country, in her home community on White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota. Laduke is an inductee of the National Women’s Hall of Fame and one of Time magazine’s fifty most promising leaders in America under forty years of age in 1994.  Last semester, she gave a public lecture on Religion, Faith and the Land from a Native Perspective. Her most recently published book is The Militarization of Indian Country.

Parvez Sharma is an award-winning, New York-based writer and filmmaker. His first feature, A Jihad for Love, looks at the difficult themes of Islam and homosexuality in a post-September 11 world.  Sharma is a leading commentator on Islamic, racial and political issues. You can also follow his blog at Sharma kicked off our IJET programming this year by hosting a documentary film-making workshop for students and reflecting on faith, justice and revolution in a public talk.

For our book lovers, stay tuned for a three-part installment of recommended books about Race, Religion, and Representation as we gear up for the symposium next week. 

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