Julia M. Robinson, UNC Charlotte Professor of African-American Religion, to Speak at Bristol Public Library and King University

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Julia M. Robinson, author and University of North Carolina Charlotte professor. will speak on Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Bristol Public Library in Bristol, Virginia and on Jan. 17 at 10 a.m. in the Student Center Complex on King University’s main campus in Bristol, Tennessee as part of the Institute’s 2016-17 Lecture Series.

“The King Institute for Faith and Culture is pleased to host Dr. Julia Marie Robinson as a speaker on the day we honor Martin Luther King, Jr.,” Shannon Harris, director of the King University Institute for Faith and Culture said. “Dr. Robinson is an excellent scholar and teacher, and has a deep understanding of the African-American church and the civil rights movement. She has a seminary degree from Princeton, and is well versed in theology and African-American churches. She has served local church congregations in Charlotte, North Carolina, in addition to her duties as a professor at UNC Charlotte. Dr. Robinson is an engaging and eloquent speaker.”

Robinson, who received her Ph.D. from Michigan State University, is an associate professor of African-American religion and religions of the African Diaspora in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She is also an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Her teachings include African American religious history, 20th century African-American history, the modern civil rights movement, and critical race theory and religion.

“Trained as a historian, I address the ways in which historical contexts within American History have often shaped religious ideology and provoked events of radicalized violence and terrorism,” said Robinson. “In particular, I study the ways in which ritual, sacrifice, and ideas of the sacred have historically shaped ideas around race, violence, and movements of social-political change, particularly as they relate to the local black church.”

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Source: Bristol Herald Courier | Tammy Childress