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Symposium Poster
In this two-part online symposium organized by the Society of Biblical Literature, we will have a chance to hear and learn from some of our guild’s Black colleagues about their experiences in the academy and the changes that they would like to see happen.
Special thanks to Tat-siong Benny Liew, Kimberly Russaw, and Raj Nadella for organizing this symposium.
Videos of the two sessions are available below. Registration is not required to view the videos.
Day 1, 12 August (morning session 10:00 am–12:00 pm EDT USA):
#BlackScholarsMatter: Visions and Struggles
Panelists will discuss their experiences of and aspirations for teaching, writing, and being Black biblical scholars in the academy.
Cheryl Anderson, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
Randall Bailey, Interdenominational Theological Center
Madipoane Masenya, University of South Africa
Shively Smith, Boston University
Renita Weems, Ray of Hope Community Church
Vincent Wimbush, Institute for Signifying Scriptures
Presider, Adele Reinhartz, University of Ottawa, SBL President
Moderator, Efrain Agosto, New York Theological Seminary, SBL Council Chair
Day 2, 13 August (evening session 7:00–9:00 pm EDT USA):
#BlackScholarsMatter: Lessons and Hopes

Panelists will share their learnings and dreams concerning teaching, writing, and being Black biblical scholars in the academy.
Ronald Charles, Saint Francis Xavier University
Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder, Chicago Theological Seminary
Steed Vernyl Davidson, McCormick Theological Seminary
Vanessa Lovelace, Lancaster Theological Seminary
Kimberly Russaw, Christian Theological Seminary
Abraham Smith, Perkins School of Theology/Southern Methodist University
Presider, Hugh Rowland Page, Jr., University of Notre Dame, SBL Council
Moderator, Sidnie White Crawford, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, SBL Council


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