Upcoming Event Hosted by the Inclusion and Justice Committee of Antioch University’s PhD in Leadership and Change Program

Dr. R. Drew Smith on Religion, Race, and the Making of American Global Citizens

An event hosted by the Inclusion and Justice Committee of  Antioch University’s PhD in Leadership and Change Program


Dr. R. Drew Smith will present a talk on Religion, Race, and the Making of American Global Citizens, Tuesday, August 2nd at 7:00 p.m. in the PNC Auditorium of Antioch University Midwest, 900 Dayton St. Yellow Springs, Ohio 45387.

The presentation will explore American citizen bridge-building across long-standing U.S. religious and racial barriers to citizen solidarity with socially oppressed populations around the world.   The analysis centers on pioneering African American leaders, such as James and Gertrude Robinson, Martin and Coretta Scott King, Samuel Proctor, Leon Sullivan, Jesse Jackson, Andrew Young, and Lucius Walker, who challenged inherent religious and racial limitations in America’s approach to the world and who aligned with global movements for social change during the second half of the twentieth century.   Dr. Smith will examine how these leaders transformed American religious and racial self-consciousness from global barrier to bridge through paradigms of cross-cultural service and international social justice activism informed by an awareness of the promise and the perils of racial and religious identities and, in turn, how that transformation provides a basis for evaluating our ongoing conceptions of American leadership and place within the world today.

Dr. Smith, renowned social scientist and clergyman, is Director of the Center for Church and the Black Experience at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, Visiting Scholar of the James Weldon Johnson Institute for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and Scholar-in Residence at the Leadership Center at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Smith is actively involved in international community development and youth leadership development.

The event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Inclusion and Justice Committee, a student group of the PhD in Leadership and Change Program of Antioch University.

Please direct questions to Leslee Creighton, 937-769-1341


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