Noted Scholar Anthony B. Pinn to deliver 2014 James A. Gray Lecture
Pinn is author of over 25 monographs and edited volumes, including the widely influential book "Why Lord? Suffering and Evil in Black Theology." After beginning his career at Macalester College, Pinn accepted an offer from Rice University in 2003 and became the first African American to hold an endowed chair at the University. While at Rice, Pinn founded and directed the Houston Enriches Rice Education (HERE) project which has been transformed into the Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning. This center is a part of the Rice University Kinder Institute for Urban Research. He also founded and directs the doctoral concentration in the study of African American Religion.
Beyond his work at Rice, Pinn has served as the first executive director of the Society for the Study of Black Religion and on the Meadville Lombard Theological School Board of Trustees. He also has served in various roles on the board of directors and the executive committee of the American Academy of Religion and is the director of research for the Institute for Humanist Studies Think Tank in Washington, DC.
In addition to the lecture, scholars from WSSU, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Wake Forest University will discuss the varieties of black religious experiences in a symposium that will begin at 10 a.m. and also be held in the Reaves Center. The symposium is also free and open to the public.
Supported by the James A. Gray Endowment established in 1952, the James A. Gray Lecture annually brings outstanding scholars of religion and exemplary faith leaders to the campus of Winston-Salem State to engage some of the most pressing issues on religion and public life in our society.