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UCR Hosts Religious Studies Lecture March 9

UCR Hosts Religious Studies Lecture March 9

William D. Hart of the University of North Carolina Greensboro will discuss “Afro-Eccentricity: Beyond the Standard Narrative of Black Religion.”

(March 3, 2010)

William D. Hart

William D. Hart

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – William D. Hart, professor of religious studies at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, will deliver the 2010 Holstein Family Community Lecture in Religious Studies – “Afro-Eccentricity: Beyond the Standard Narrative of Black Religion” – at UC Riverside on Tuesday, March 9, at 4:15 p.m. in HUB 355.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Parking is $5.

Hart is the author of “Edward Said and the Religious Effects of Culture” (Cambridge, 2000) and “Black Religion: Malcolm X, Julius Lester, and Jan Willis” (Palgrave, 2008). He is finishing a manuscript titled “Afro -Eccentricity: Beyond the Standard Narrative of Black Religion.”

Known as a critical theorist of religion, his research interests include religious naturalism and humanism, African-American religious thought, and religion and postcolonialism.

The lecture is co-sponsored by the Forrest S. Mosten Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies Fund, the Department of Religious Studies, the Program on Global Studies, and the University Honors Program. For more information contact Ivan Strenski at or (951) 827-2783.


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