To commemorate the tenth anniversary of Michael O. Emerson and Christian Smith’s seminal work, Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America, the John Wesley Honors College at Indiana Wesleyan University is sponsoring “Divided by Faith: A Decade Retrospective” on the campus of Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana, October 15-16, 2010. The conference is designed both for scholars whose research agendas intersect with religion and race in American society and church practitioners interested in the challenges and promise of racial and ethnic diversity in their congregations.
The conference will begin Friday afternoon with a 4:00 p.m. panel, followed by a catered dinner for conference registrants and a moderated panel discussion between Michael Emerson and church leaders for whom Divided by Faith has been influential. An extended period for audience questions will follow. On Saturday, a group of interdisciplinary scholars working on various aspects of race and American religion will present their work, thereby providing conference participants with a window to some of the most current research being undertaken on the themes initially developed ten years ago by Emerson and Smith. Michael Emerson will conclude the conference with a plenary address Saturday afternoon
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