Tuesday, March 26
Gest Center 101
The Department of Religion and the Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities present A Leaves of Grass Project, "Ellison, Jazz, and the Tragedy of Democratic Life."
Featuring Joseph Winters, assistant professor of religion, University of North Carolina, Charlotte.
Joseph Winters (B.A., Harvard University; M.T.S., Duke Divinity School; Ph.D., Princeton University) joined the UNC Charlotte faculty in 2009. His research interests lie at the intersection of modern religious yhought, Africana studies and critical theory. He teaches courses on race and religion, race and film, religion and critical theory, as well as courses on literature and literary theory. His current book project, Hope Draped in Black: Race, Melancholy, and the Agony of Progress, examines the relationship between loss and hope in the black literary tradition (WEB DuBois, Ralph Ellison, and Toni Morrison) and the Frankfurt School (Theodor Adorno and Walter Benjamin). Overall, he is interested in the ways in which our social worlds both produce and deny various forms of trauma and loss. He is also interested in locating discourses and practices (religious, aesthetic, political) that articulate and respond to these all too human conditions. In his spare time, he tries to figure out how he can develop a research project that involves The Wire, Breaking Bad and Rescue Me.