Womanist Ethics and the Cultural Production of Evil
Yale Divinity School
Date: October 4, 2007
Location: Boisi Center, 24 Quincy Rd.
Time: 12:00-1:15 pm
Emilie Townes will discuss her new book, Womanist Ethics and the Cultural Production of Evil, which provides an analytical tool to understand how and why evil works in the world as it does. Deconstructing memory, history, and myth as received wisdom, the volume critically examines racism, sexism, poverty, and stereotypes.
Emilie Townes is Andrew W. Mellon Professor of African American Religion and Theology at Yale Divinity School. She is a pioneer in womanist theology, a field of theological and ethical reflection in which the historic and present-day insights of African-American women are brought into critical conversation with the traditions of Christian theology. In her teaching and writing, Townes has explored womanist perspectives on theological themes, linking the subjects of race, gender and class and issues such as healthcare, economic justice, poetry, and linguistic theory. She has also explored the interrelationship between culture and evil. Her latest book, Womanist Ethics and the Cultural Production of Evil (Palgrave, 2006), provides analytical tools to understand how and why evil works in the world as it does. Townes holds an A.B. from the University of Chicago, an A.M. and D.Min. from the University of Chicago Divinity School, and a Ph.D. from The Joint Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary/Northwestern University Program in Religious and Theological Studies. An ordained American Baptist clergywoman, she was the Carolyn Williams Baird Professor of Christian Ethics at Union Theological Seminary before moving to Yale in 2003.
In July of 2008, Prof. Townes will succeed Robert Wilson as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at Yale Divinity School. Prof. Townes will be the first woman and the first African American to serve as the school's top academic administrator.