July 14, 1998

Conference about the Past, Present and Future of the Black Church

The Black Church is one of the most important social and political institutions in contemporary America.

How did it get to this position? What are its strengths and weaknesses? And how will the black church deal with critical issues like gender equity, affirmative action, and economic development?

Vanderbilt University, in conjunction with the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), is pleased to offer a two-day fellowship for working journalists interested in learning more about the black church. The program, organized around the theme "The Past, Present and Future of the Black Church" will be held on the Vanderbilt campus in Nashville, Tennessee, September 14-15, 1998.

The purpose of the conference is to inform and enhance understanding of the issues and history that have helped shape the Black Church in the United States as well as the issues that influence the church today and that are likely to determine its future. Vanderbilt is uniquely equipped to do this because its Divinity School, recognized as one of the leading centers of American religious scholarship, is the home of the Kelly Miller Smith Institute for African American Church Studies. The conference will be conducted by some of the "stars" and rising stars of the Vanderbilt Divinity School, the Vanderbilt Department of Religion and the Vanderbilt Sociology Department.

The fellowship is available to a limited number of reporters, editors and other journalists at newspapers or magazines; broadcast media in major markets,;and freelancers with substantial experience in the field. As host, Vanderbilt will cover the costs of your room and board for the duration of the fellowship. Your media organization is responsible for your travel expenses and salary during the fellowship.

An application is enclosed for your convenience. If you'd like more information about the agenda, please contact me at 615-322-2706, or e-mail Lewis.G.Harris@vanderbilt.edu


Michael J. Schoenfeld

Vice Chancellor for Media Relations


Vanderbilt University is a private research university of approximately 5,900 undergraduates and 4,300 graduate and professional students. Founded in 1873, the University comprises 10 schools, a public policy institute, a distinguished medical center and The Freedom Forum First Amendment Center. Vanderbilt offers undergraduate programs in the liberal arts and sciences, education and human development, engineering and music, and a full range of graduate and professional degrees.

For more news about Vanderbilt, visit the News and Public Affairs home page on the Internet at http://www.vanderbilt.edu/News.

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