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Princeton Professor of Religion and African American Studies to give 2017 Thulin Lecture at U of I

9/21/2016  8:00 am

Professor Eddie Glaude of Princeton University will give the annual Marjorie Hall Thulin Lecture in Religion on Tuesday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m., in Spurlock Museum on the U of I campus.

Glaude is the William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African American Studies, and Chair of the Center for African American Studies at Princeton, where he joined the faculty in 2002.

He is the author of Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul, Crown Publishing (2016) and African American Religion: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford University Press (2014), as well as In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America, University of Chicago Press (2007) and Exodus! Religion, Race, and Nation in Early 19th Century Black America, University of Chicago Press (2000).

Glaude also edited Is it Nation Time? Contemporary Essays on Black Power and Black Nationalism, University of Chicago Press (2002), and co- edited, with Dr. Cornel West, “African-American Religious Thought: An Anthology” (2004).

In 2009 Glaude was awarded Princeton’s President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching. His research interests include American pragmatism, specifically the work of John Dewey, and African American religious history and its place in American public life.

Marjorie Hall Thulin (1910-2009), for whom the annual lecture is named, was a 1931 graduate of the U of I.  She enjoyed a successful career in advertising and published poetry and children's literature in addition to editing a book on the history of Glencoe, Illinois.

Mrs. Thulin's desire for students to understand how religion grows and functions in a complex society, especially Christianity in American society, led her to endow a fund establishing the Marjorie Hall Thulin Scholar of Religion and Contemporary Culture. Through this endowment, each year an internationally known scholar of religion and contemporary culture is resident on the Champaign-Urbana campus for several days.