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J. Kameron Carter will deliver the Mary Olive Woods Lecture at WIU Sept. 17.
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Carter Invited to Deliver 2015 Mary Olive Woods Lecture

August 27, 2015

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MACOMB, IL – J. Kameron Carter, an associate professor of Theology and Black Church Studies at Duke University Divinity School, will deliver the 29th annual Mary Olive Woods Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17 in the Western Illinois University Union Grand Ballroom.

The lecture at WIU is titled, "Bonhoeffer's (and Our) Postracial Blues."

"Race is changing," said Carter. "Our engagement with it is changing. One of the new key cultural terms of this transformation is this notion of postracialism, and I am very interested in how this postracialism actually becomes a new form of racism and how theological and religious thought forms are a part of the processes of race."

Carter received his doctoral degree in religious studies, with a concentration in theology, ethics and culture, from the University of Virginia. He is the author of the critically-acclaimed book "Race: A Theological Account" (Oxford University Press, 2008). He also edited "Religion and the Futures of Blackness," an interdisciplinary collection of essays by scholars from the fields of religious studies, theological studies, black critical theory and philosophy.

Carter is also the author of the forthcoming book, "God's Property: Blackness and the Problem of Sovereignty," (Duke University Press).

The 29th annual lecture is sponsored by the Mary Olive Woods Foundation and the WIU Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies. The Mary Olive Woods Foundation also provides several thousand dollars in student scholarships each year in addition to an annual lecture presentation.

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