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79 minutes | Mar 8, 2021
America's Hidden Caste System
On Wednesday, February 24, EDS at Union hosted a virtual panel discussion that focuses on Isabel Wilkerson’s New York Times-bestseller Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents. Our panelists will discuss the history and themes explored by the book, and what Ms. Wilkerson describes as America’s hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings that goes beyond race, class, or other factors. Joining Dean Kelly Brown Douglas on the panel will be Dr. Cheryl Townsend Gilkes, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor of African-American Studies and Sociology and director of the African American Studies Program at Colby College, and The Rev. Dr. Joshua Samuel, Visiting Lecturer for Theology, Global Christianity, and Mission at Union Theological Seminary and the author of Untouchable Bodies, Resistance, and Liberation on a theology of liberation among Hindu and Christian Dalits. The conversation was moderated by Hope Wabuke, a poet, writer and assistant professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Wabuke was asked by NPR Books to review Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents.
34 minutes | Feb 18, 2021
Just Conversations with Kelly Brown Douglas | Starsky Wilson
On February 11th, 2021, Dean Douglas as she spoke with Rev. Dr. Starsky Wilson, President and CEO of the Children's Defense Funds. This interview examined how the Covid-19 pandemic has made the many challenges facing young people - from health to housing to food security - all the more daunting. Please join us for the new EDS at Union's Facebook Live series Just Conversations with Kelly Brown Douglas. In this upcoming series of interviews, Dean Douglas will explore the racialized inequities intrinsic to our nation and our collective responsibility to create a more just future
30 minutes | Feb 15, 2021
Just Conversations with Kelly Brown Douglas | Stacey L. Holman
Please join us for the new EDS at Union's Facebook Live series Just Conversations with Kelly Brown Douglas. In this upcoming series of interviews, Dean Douglas will explore the racialized inequities intrinsic to our nation and our collective responsibility to create a more just future. On Monday, February 15 at 1:15 pm, Dean Douglas as she spoke with Stacey L. Holman of Black Butterfly Productions. They discussed the four-hour series that Holman served the series producer and director, The Black Church: This is our Story, This is our Song. The series will premiere on Tuesday, February 16 and Wednesday, February 17 at 9:00 p.m. EST on PBS.
28 minutes | Feb 10, 2021
On Thursday, January 28 at 4:30 pm, Dean Douglas spoke with Sheena Wright, President and CEO of the United Way of New York City. They discussed The United Way's work to create long-term solutions that break the cycle of poverty and keep people on the path of self-sufficiency for generations to come. They also talked about Choose Healthy Life (https://www.choosehealthylife.org/), an initiative of Black church ministers who are working to raise awareness and educate the Black community on Covid-19 and other health disparities
26 minutes | Dec 21, 2020
Voter Access in the 2020 Election with Ari Berman
In this episode of The Just Vote, Dean Kelly Brown Douglas speaks with Ari Berman, author of the award-winning book Give Us The Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America. They reflect on any issues of voter suppression and access to the ballot experienced during the November 3rd election.
33 minutes | Dec 16, 2020
Just Conversations with Kelly Brown Douglas - Zephr Teachout
For this Just Conversation, Dean Kelly Brown Douglas speaks with Zephyr Teachout. Zephyr Teachout is an author, former political candidate, and associate professor of law at Fordham University. This fall, Teachout enrolled at Union int he Master of Divinity program. In this Just Conversation, they discuss the state of our democracy and some of the constitutional challenges that lie ahead. They also look at voting rights and voter suppression in the 2020 Election, and the potential outcomes to the Trump administration's ongoing litigation efforts.
33 minutes | Dec 14, 2020
Just Conversations with Kelly Brown Douglas - Rev. Dr. Ben Chavis
For this Just Conversation, Dean Kelly Brown Douglas will be speaking with Dr. Ben Chavis Jr. Dr. Chavis is a Union alum and the President and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, a trade association of the more than 200 African American-owned community newspapers from around the United States. In this Just Conversation, Dean Douglas explores the realities of racialized inequities intrinsic to our nation and the role of media and churches in dealing with those inequities.
50 minutes | Dec 7, 2020
Knowledge and Nourishment: Reflecting on the Election
This episode was arranged to hold space for the community to process the election results, and to share directly from the administration where they see Union’s place in the world following the election. President Jones was joined by Executive Vice President Fred Davie, Dean Pamela Cooper-White, and EDS at Union Dean Kelly Brown Douglas.
25 minutes | Nov 23, 2020
Suppressed 2020: The Fight to Vote
Dean Kelly Brown Douglas speaks with Union's Vice President of Communications & Marketing Robin Reese, about the award-winning film Suppressed 2020: The Fight to Vote. Suppressed 2020 is a short, powerful documentary that investigates voter suppression in the 2018 mid-term elections. By revealing deeply personal accounts from voters of color from across the state of Georgia, they discover deliberate, widespread voter suppression. Dean Douglas and Robin Reese debrief the film and reflect on continued efforts to suppress the vote, specifically in communities of color, in Georgia and across the nation. To watch "Suppressions 2020: The Fight to Vote" visit https://www.bravenewfilms.org/suppressed
33 minutes | Nov 12, 2020
The Just Vote: The Souls to the Polls with Rev Gregory Lewis
Dean Kelly Brown Douglas speaks with Rev. Gregory Lewis, Founder and President of Souls to the Polls and Pastors United. They discuss his experience fighting Covid-19, Black Lives Matter, and faith leaders’ role in getting out the vote.
39 minutes | Nov 9, 2020
Fighting Voter Suppression with Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner
In this episode of The Just Vote, Dean Kelly Brown Douglas speaks with Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. They explore voter suppression and the dangerous role of white supremacy and white nationalism in this election.
39 minutes | Nov 3, 2020
The Just Vote with The Rev. Traci Blackmon
In this episode of The Just Vote, Dean Kelly Brown Douglas speaks with The Rev. Traci Blackmon. Rev. Blackmon is the Associate General Minister of Justice & Local Church Ministries for The United Church of Christ and Senior Pastor of Christ The King United Church of Christ in Florissant, MO. They discuss voter suppression issues in the upcoming election and faith leaders' role to inform their communities of the moral imperative to participate in voting.
68 minutes | Oct 19, 2020
Voting Rights in America
Dean Kelly Brown Douglas was joined by Ari Berman for a lecture and conversation on Wednesday, October 14th. They discussed his book Give Us The Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America
39 minutes | Sep 9, 2020
The Just Vote with Robert P. Jones
This conversation took place on Thursday, September 3, 2020 when Dean Douglas will spoke with Robert P. Jones, CEO and Founder of the Public Religion Research Institute (PPRI). Mr. Jones and Dean Douglas discussed PRRI’s public opinion research which illuminates America’s changing cultural, religious, and political landscape, and this conversation helps us better understand the important cultural and religious dynamics shaping American society and politics. They also discussed Jones' recently released book White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity. Music credit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohiWZiGCI8I https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdmWSAF7NQI
39 minutes | Aug 31, 2020
The Just Vote with Rashad Robinson
Mr. Robinson and Color Of Change develop innovative strategies to bring about system change in the industries that affect Black people’s lives. Dean Douglas will discuss Mr. Robinson’s leadership and the more than 7 million Color Of Change members who are building power for Black communities. The Just Vote is a series of Facebook Live conversations that will explore the issues of justice that hang in the balance in this upcoming election. Dean Kelly Brown Douglas will examine the forces attacking our access to the ballot and the importance of voter mobilization this November. These 30-minute conversations featured on the EDS at Union Facebook page will invite religious, political, and thought leaders to discuss their work on the front lines of the fight for voting rights in America.
36 minutes | Aug 26, 2020
Time of Two Pandemics: COVID and White Supremacy
In this Theology in the Public Square interview, Dean Kelly Brown Douglas will speak with The Rev. Canon Dr. Vicentia Kgabe, rector of College of Transfiguration in Grahamstown, South Africa. Born in Soweto, Dr Kgabe attended schools in Soweto and trained at the College of the Transfiguration. She continued her theological education at the University of Pretoria, where she obtained a Ph.D. in Practical Theology. Dean Douglas and Dr. Kgabe will discuss the increased spread of coronavirus in South Africa, which recently surpassed its 500,000 confirmed Covid-19 infection, as well the continued issue of white racism which remains a societal and an institutionalized problem in post- Apartheid South Africa. This conversation took place on Facebook Live, Wednesday, August 12, 2020.
37 minutes | Jul 27, 2020
Faith, Justice, and the Black Lives Matter movement with Michael Bennett
Michael Bennett is an NFL Football player, the author of "Things That Make White People Uncomfortable", and co-host of the podcast Mouthpeace with Michael Bennett & Pele Bennett. This conversation took place on July 16, 2020.
58 minutes | Jul 22, 2020
Excerpt from Racial Justice Pilgrimage
EDs and the The Church of the Heavenly Rest cooperate a Racial Justice Pilrgimage on a semi-regular basis. Our guest is an activist by the name of Jonanne Bland. This episode was taken from the virtual Pilgrimage in June 2020.
36 minutes | Jul 20, 2020
Theology in the Public Square "Voices at the Table: Having Controversial Conversations"
Rev. Dr. Serene Jones is the President of Union Theological Seminary and Johnston Family Professor for Religion & Democracy. Dr. Angela D. Sims is the President of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. The Rev. Dr. Emilie M. Townes is Dean of Vanderbilt University Divinity School.
36 minutes | Jul 6, 2020
Covid-19 and Prison Reform
Michelle Alexander is the author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, is an Op-Ed columnist for the New York Times, and Visiting Professor of Social Justice at Union Theological Seminary. Hip Hop Rap Instrumental (Crying Over You) by christophermorrow https://soundcloud.com/chris-morrow-3 Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported— CC BY 3.0 Free Download / Stream: http://bit.ly/2AHA5G9 Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/hiYs5z4xdBU
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