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In the Wake of Obama’s Hope:

Black Lives Matter, Humanism, and Reimagining the Race Struggle

Dr. Anthony Pinn, Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities at Rice University

We welcome everyone to join us for our annual New Directions speaker program with the Tufts Humanist Chaplaincy. We will be joined by Dr. Anthony Pinn, professor of humanities and religion at Rice University, to explore mobilization for racial justice through the Obama era and into the contemporary moment and changing trends through that time in affiliation, or disaffiliation, with religious institutions among activists.

April 26, 2018

Dinner: 6:00 p.m.
Speaker: 6:30 p.m.

Tufts Interfaith Center

58 Winthrop Street
Medford, MA, 02155


Dr. Pinn is currently the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and professor of religion at Rice University.  Pinn is the founding director of the Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning also at Rice University.  In addition, he is Director of Research for the Institute for Humanist Studies – a Washington, DC-based think tank. Pinn’s research interests include humanism and hip hop culture. He is the author/editor of over 35 books, including When Colorblindness Isn’t the Answer: Humanism and the Challenge of Race (2017).

The program will engage with changes both in the American religious landscape and in religious theory, as Dr. Pinn argues that movements like Black Lives Matter complicate how we understand spiritual and ethical engagement in the public sphere. In his own words, he argues that we find “a more expansive framework and a more humanistic orientation” to understand the new world.

We hope that you can join us for this exciting dinner and conversation. Please RSVP using our Google Form for the event, and feel free to check our Facebook event page for details and updates on the program. Feel free to write with any questions to

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