Eddie S. Glaude Jr., chair of the Department of African American Studies and the William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African American Studies at Princeton University, will discuss “An Uncommon Faith: Pragmatism and Religion” on Oct. 8 at Ohio Wesleyan University.
Glaude will speak at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8 in the third-floor ballroom of Merrick Hall, 65 S. Sandusky St. His free public presentation is OWU’s 2015-2016 Merrick Lecture, sponsored by the OWU Department of Religion. Both the lecture series and building are named in honor of Frederick Merrick, second president of the university. The series began in 1889 and is Ohio Wesleyan’s oldest running lecture series.
Glaude’s research interests include American pragmatism, specifically the work of John Dewey, and African American religious history and its place in American public life. He is the author of several books, including the forthcoming “Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul.”
In addition to “Democracy in Black,” scheduled to be published in January, Glaude is the author of “Exodus: Religion, Race, and Nation in Early 19th Century Black America”; “In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America”; and “African American Religion: A Very Short Introduction.” He also is the editor of “Is it Nation Time? Contemporary Essays on Black Power and Black Nationalism” and co-editor with Cornel West of “African American Religious Thought: An Anthology.”
A graduate of Morehouse College, Glaude was inspired by Martin Luther King Jr., the school’s most famous graduate. As a result, Glaude said he “seeks to prod and to provoke, to insist and to incite, to encourage and to embolden fellow citizens to rise to the profound challenges of our day.”