Fragmented Bodies of American Lynching
November 12th & 13th, 2009
Organized by Tracey Hucks and Kim Benston
Beginning with a keynote address by Dr. James H. Cone, whose current research analogizes the Christian cross and the lynching tree, "Fragmented Bodies" culminates in a full-day symposium featuring scholars working across multiple disciplines to explore the painful history and continuing legacy of lynching in America. Inflecting issues at the forefront of current research in American and African-American cultural studies, the panelists will probe lynching from varied perspectives, including: the ethics and politics of spectacle, sound, and representation; religion and violence; place, gender, and citizenship; and the continuing relevance of traumatic experience.
Thursday, November 12, 2009 @ 7:00 p.m. - Sharpless Auditorium
"Strange Fruit: The Cross and the Lynching Tree"
Sponsored by the President's Social Justice Speaker Series.
James H. Cone is the Charles A. Briggs Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology at Union Theological Seminary. An ordained minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Dr.Cone has published over 150 articles and eleven books, including the influential Black Theology & Black Power (1969) and A Black Theology of Liberation (1970), and his most recent work, Risks of Faith (1999). He is currently researching the theological connections between the cross and the lynching tree.
The Haverford College President's Office, here in partnership with the John B. Hurford '60 Humanities Center and the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship, sponsors Visiting Scholars for Social Justice to engage the Haverford community in issues of broad concern including public health, economic justice, environmental policy, and peace and conflict resolution. Invited scholars engage the Haverford community through seminars, lectures, and social events open to students, faculty, staff, and the public.