We are very pleased to announce the Vincent Harding Memorial Visiting Scholar 2020 – Dr. Traci West. She is the Professor of Christian Ethics and African American Studies at Drew University Theological School (Madison, NJ) and an ordained elder in the New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Dr. West is the author of Solidarity and Defiant Spirituality: Africana Lessons on Religion, Racism, and Ending Gender Violence (2019), Disruptive Christian Ethics: When Racism and Women’s Lives Matter (2006), Wounds of the Spirit: Black Women, Violence, and Resistance Ethics(1999), editor of Our Family Values: Same-sex Marriage and Religion, and author of many articles and book chapters on gender, racial, and sexual justice in religion and society.
Professor Vincent Harding (1931-2014) was an accomplished and highly respected theologian, historian, author, and civil rights leader. He served as a speech writer to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and was in the vanguard of promoting black studies as an academic discipline at colleges and universities throughout the country. Dr. Harding taught for 23 years as Professor of Religion and Social Transformation at the Iliff and was much loved by his students, colleagues, and the community.