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Emilie Townes, professor of African American religion and theology at Yale Divinity School, will share her expertise on the history and development of racial stereotypes in the U.S. as part of Lakeland College's Great Thinkers Speakers Series.
Townes' presentation, "The Peculiar Career of Aunt Jemima: Race and Stereotypes in U.S. Culture," is Wednesday, November 14, in the Bradley Theater at 7 p.m. It is free and open to the public.
Townes has focused her studies on Christian ethics, womanist ethics, critical social theory, cultural theory and studies as well as postmodernism and social postmodernism. She is an ordained American Baptist clergywoman and has had several of her works published including, "Womanist Ethic of Care; Womanist Justice, Womanist Hope."
Townes served as president of the American Academy of Religion in 2008, and was the Carolyn Beaird Professor of Christian Ethics at Union Theological Seminary in New York. She received a Doctor of Ministry degree from the University of Chicago Divinity School and a doctorate in religion in society and personality from Northwestern University.
She currently is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of African American Religion and Theology at Yale Divinity School. Her current emphasis is in health and health care, the cultural production of evil, analyzing the linkages among race, gender, class and other forms of oppression and developing a network between African American and Afro-Brazilian religious and secular leaders and community based organizations.