April 4, 2014
Courageous Conversation: Vincent Harding & Omid Safi - “Islam in America & MLK’s Legacy”
Description: Iliff will host “Courageous Conversation: Islam in America & Dr. Martin Luther King’s Legacy,” with professors Vincent Harding and Omid Safi as a part of the Everding Lecture Series.
The conversation will be held on the 46th anniversary of the assassination of King at the Lorraine Hotel, Memphis, with a focus on King’s legacy and the role of Islam, as well as reflections from this history for us today.
Harding, professor emeritus of religion and social transformation, Iliff, and visiting distinguished professor in African American religion, Drew University, was a close colleague of King, an advisor to the Student Non-violent Coordination Committee, author of King’s famous “Beyond Vietnam” speech, first director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Center, and director, Institute of the Black World. He is a well-known social activist and chronicler of the civil rights movement (participant, historian, and social observer). He and his late wife were senior consultants to the “Eyes on the Prize” documentary film project. The Hardings were also founders of the Veterans of Hope Project, an interdisciplinary initiative on spiritual, cultural, and participatory democracy at Iliff.
He is also the author of many books, including: Martin Luther King: The Inconvenient Hero; There Is a River: The Black Struggle for Freedom in America; A Certain Magnificence: Lyman Beecher and the Transformation of American Protestantism, 1775-1863; Hope and History: Why We Must Share the Story of the Movement. He also co-edited, The Eyes on the Prize Civil Rights Reader: Documents, Speeches, and Firsthand Accounts from the Black Freedom Struggle.
Safi is Iliff’s 2014 Everding Distinguished Lecturer and is professor of Islamic studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (specializing in contemporary Islamic thought and classical Islam). An award-winning teacher and speaker, he was nominated six times at Colgate University for “Professor of the Year,” twice at Duke University for the Distinguished Lecturer award, and has received two “Professor of the Year” awards at U.N.C. He is the author of numerous books and research articles. His Memories of Muhammad deals with the biography and legacy of the Prophet Muhammad. His other published books include Progressive Muslims: On Justice, Gender, and Pluralism, and The Cambridge Companion to American Islam.
Safi appears frequently in the New York Times, Newsweek, Washington Post, PBS, NPR, NBC, CNN, and international media. He blogs regularly at “What Would Muhammad Do?” for Religion News. He is also the chair for Islamic Mysticism Group at the American Academy of Religion, the largest international organization devoted to the academic study of religion.
Date: Friday, April 4, 10:30 a.m.
Location: Iliff School of Theology, Shattuck Hall, 2323 E. Iliff Ave., Denver, CO 80210