The Kroc Institute has selected Traci C. West as the featured speaker for the 26th Annual Dialogues on Nonviolence, Religion, and Peace, presenting “Racism, Gender Violence, and Hypocrisies of Christian Love and Peace."
A scholar-activist serving as James W. Pearsall Professor of Christian Social Ethics and African American Studies at Drew University Theological School (NJ), Dr. West’s teaching, research, and activism focus on gender, racial, and sexuality justice, with a focus on gender violence.
Christianity espouses a core commitment to love and peace, yet hypocrisies persist related to racism and gender violence. Christian public claims can seemingly turn a blind eye to this incongruence, which then preserves it. Dr. West will address the costs associated by not acknowledging hypocrisies, the courage needed to call them out because of the risk involved, and use of historical narratives and lived experiences of antiracist gender justice as tools to help us do so.
Lunch and conversation will follow this lecture in C103, Hesburgh Center for International Studies.
The Dialogues on Nonviolence, Religion, and Peace, which began in 1999, were established through a gift to the Kroc Institute from Mrs. Anne Marie Yoder and her family. Each year, the Kroc Institute invites a leading thinker, writer, scholar, and/or peace advocate to deliver a lecture related to nonviolence, religion, and peace. Following the lecture, audience members join in informal dialogue and discussion with the speaker and with each other.