The words “race” and “cosmos” are seldom used in the same sentence and seem to have little if anything to do with one another.
However, in her book Race and the Cosmos: An Invitation to View Race in a Completely New Light, Dr. Barbara Holmes seeks new vistas of understanding in the study of race by juxtaposing it with scientific ideas and language.
Holmes has been scheduled as the guest speaker for the 2009 Summer Lecture set for Oct. 13 at Millsaps College.
Holmes’ work proposes that liberation will not be found in utopian theological models, legal mandates or social engineering projects. If the dialogue about race, identity and the moral life is to be taken to a new level, it will need a language that includes clues about a complex universe that is wondrous and rife with uncertainty.
The Summer Lectures bring to the Millsaps campus persons who have gained national recognition for their perspectives on theological and social issues of today. Enriched by seminars and forum discussions, the lectures are intended to stimulate dialogue among persons of all faiths.
The keynote address is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. in the Academic Complex Recital Hall. Other activities:
• Registration, Academic Complex Recital Hall Lobby (second Floor), 9:30 a.m.
• Framing the Issues: Faculty & Clergy Perspectives on “Race & Cosmology,” 10:00-11:15 a.m.
• Lunch and Response to Lecture (panel presentation), Leggett Center, 12:45-2:00 p.m.
• Clergy Colloquy with Holmes: “Race, Cosmology, and the Practice of Ministry,” 2:15-3:30 p.m.
Register by contacting the Center for Ministry at 601-974-1488 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Lunch is available for $10, which may be mailed in advance to the Center for Ministry (with check payable to CFM), Box 150041, Millsaps College, 1701 N. State St., Jackson, MS 39210, or paid upon arrival.
One-half unit of continuing education credit is available for clergy for participation in the full schedule.
The annual series, planned by the Department of Religious Studies at Millsaps and the Center for Ministry, is supplemented by the Reiff-Lewis Endowed Seminar Fund, in honor of emeriti religion professors Dr. Lee Reiff and Dr. T. W. Lewis. The fund provides supplemental support for the lectures through leadership training and response groups.