October 15, 2001
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.—Three authors and members of the Amherst College faculty will offer a colloquium on “Race, Religion and Nationalism: Three Books” on Friday, Oct. 26, and Saturday, Oct. 27, in the Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall at Amherst College. The authors are David Blight, Class of ‘59 Professor of History and Black Studies; Eddie Glaude, Jr., Visiting Associate Professor of Religion; and Dale Peterson, Professor of English and Russian. Sponsored by the Willis D. Wood Fund, the Dean of Faculty at Amherst College, the Departments of Religion and Black Studies at Amherst College and African-American Religion: A Documentary History Project, the colloquium will be open to the public at no charge.

At 3:45 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26, the first session will focus on Eddie S. Glaude, the author of Exodus! Religion, Race, and Nation in Early Nineteenth-Century America (2000). Commentators will be Professor Will B. Gravely (University of Denver) and Robert Gooding-Williams (Northwestern University). After this session a public reception will be held in the Converse Lobby at 6 p.m.

On Saturday, Oct. 27, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. a session will be devoted to David W. Blight’s Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American History (2001). Commentators will be Professor W. Fitzhugh Brundage (University of Florida) and Professor Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham (Harvard University).

The third and final session, on Saturday from 1:30 to 3:45 p.m., will focus on Dale E. Peterson’s Up From Bondage: The Literatures of Russian and African American Soul (2000). Commentators will be Professor Nancy Ruttenburg (New York University) and Valerie Smith (Princeton University).