SOLVING THE MYSTERY OF GRACE JONES: IT’S THE HOLY GHOST.

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Date & Time: 
Friday, April 20, 2018
4:00pm to 5:30pm
IRAAS Conversation Lecture
 
“SOLVING THE MYSTERY OF GRACE JONES: IT’S THE HOLY GHOST.”
With
Judith Casselberry, Associate Professor of Africana Studies- Bowdoin College
 
Room 758 Schermerhorn Extension
Columbia University (Morningside campus)
 
Free & Open to the Public

Speaker Bio

JUDITH CASSELBERRY is associate professor of Africana Studies at Bowdoin College, teaching courses on African American women’s religious lives, music and spirituality in popular culture, music and social movements, and issues in Black intellectual thought. Her interest in African American religious and cultural studies, with particular attention to gender, guides her research agenda. She is author of The Labor of Faith: Gender and Power in Black Apostolic Pentecostalism, which employs feminist labor theories to examine the spiritual, material, social, and organizational work of women in a New York-based Pentecostal denomination (Duke University Press, 2017). She is co-editor with Elizabeth Pritchard of Spirit On the Move: Black Women and Pentecostalism in Diaspora (forthcoming in Religious Cultures of African and African Diaspora People series with Duke University Press)
 
In addition to research on organized Pentecostalism, her new project examines the transnational Pentecostal roots of international cultural icon Grace Jones and their imprint on her performance aesthetics and identity. Casselberry’s interest in links between lettered and performed scholarship comes from her career as an academic and performer. As a vocalist and guitarist, she currently performs internationally with Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely.