Union Theological Seminary

Just Conversations | Professor Katherine M. Franke

From: 2022-07-06 3:30 PM
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2022 Annual Summer Interfaith Forum

From: 2022-07-08 10:0 AM
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Union Theological Seminary Commencement

From: 2022-05-20 2:30 PM
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Just Conversations | Katherine Stewart

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Rethinking Violence: The Role of Religion, Spirituality, and Creativity

From: 2022-05-06 1:0 PM
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Vibrant, Visible, Vocal: Arts Showcase of AAPI Community at Union Theological Seminary

From: 2022-04-29 12:0 PM
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Earth Day 2022: Life Force

From: 2022-04-22 4:0 PM
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IASC Webinar: Climate Crisis and Spiritual Care

From: 2022-04-28 12:0 PM
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The Psychology of Christian Nationalism

From: 2022-04-27 7:0 PM
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Dharma and Justice Dialogues: Black Buddhists and the Black Radical Tradition

From: 2022-04-11 7:0 PM
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The Trans Sounds of Black Freedom

From: 2022-04-08 1:0 PM
To: 2022-04-09 6:0 PM

Second Annual James H. Cone Lecture

From: 2022-04-06 6:0 PM
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Jewish Identities of Women Psychoanalysts Who Fled Nazi Europe to the United States

From: 2022-04-04 6:0 PM
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African American Religious History

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Tantric Buddhist Spiritual Formation and Engaged Chaplaincy: Meaning-making in Hospice and Correctional Settings

From: 2022-04-01 1:0 PM
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Loyalty and Faith in a Divided Country

From: 2022-03-28 6:0 PM
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Oscar Romero: A Man for Our Times

From: 2022-03-24 6:0 PM
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The Gospel of Luke

From: 2022-03-25 1:0 PM
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Reading Galatians with Barbarians: West African and East European Perspectives

From: 2022-03-25 1:0 PM
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Dietrich Bonhoeffer: A Saint for Our Time?

From: 2022-03-23 6:30 PM
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The Christian Calling To Protect Women’s Right to Choose

From: 2022-03-23 10:0 AM
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EDS at Union Community Read | Evicted by Matthew Desmond

From: 2022-03-10 6:0 PM
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2022 Women of Color Leadership Institute for Pastoral Excellence

From: 2022-03-11 8:0 AM
To: 2022-03-12 6:0 PM
The Trans Sounds Of Black Freedom • Morningside Area Alliance
Michael Roberson

The Trans Sounds of Black Freedom

Instructor: Michael Roberson
Date: Friday, April 8, 1:00 – 6:00 pm  |  Saturday, April 9, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Format: This course will be held in person, at Union Theological Seminary. All registrants must be fully vaccinated and must adhere to Union’s Visitor Policy.

COURSE REGISTRATION

Africa-American Harlem Renaissance writer and poet, Zora Neal Hurston wrote “black women are the mules of the earth.” For some, black trans women are historically and theologically situated somewhere between Howard Thurman’s notion of “the disinherited” and Franz Fanon’s notion of “the wretched of the earth.” In a contemporary context, transgender, lesbian, bisexual, and gay African-American persons must overcome complex challenges to establish and secure welcoming and nourishing communities. Even when connected with multiple social groups, membership in these groups is highly conditional and tenuous. Constant marginalization sustains the community’s burdens of stigma, violence, housing insecurity, and extremely high HIV infection rates. One response to marginalization has been the formation of self-sustaining social networks and cultural groups, such as the House | Ballroom scene, a Black/Latino LGBT artistic collective and intentional kinship system that has grown over the past 50 years with its roots in the Harlem Renaissance. We will explore the history of the House | Ballroom community as a Black Trans-Womanist theological discourse, a freedom movement, and its spiritual formation responses to race, class, sexuality, and gender oppression. We’ll explore the use of the art of performance as a hermeneutics of the body, then situate its history in mobilizing as a resistance, while placing this resistance in conversation with other historical struggles.

Fulfills concentration requirement for Religion and the Black Experience students.

About Michael Roberson

Michael Roberson is a public health practitioner, advocate, activist, artist, curator, and leader within the LGBTQ community. He is the co-creator of the nation’s only Black Gay Research group and National Black Gay Men’s Advocacy Coalition, as well as an Adjunct Professor at The New School University/Lang College NYC, and Union Theological Seminary NYC. He is an international art and politics consultant and a member of the international sound art collective entitled “Ultra-red.” Michael scholar in residence for the Center for Race, Religion, and Economic Democracy, as well as recent TED Media Resident, where he performed a global TED talk about the underground Black/Latinx House/ball ballroom community, entitled “The enduring legacy of ballroom” For Black History Month 2021, Michael co-authored an article in Time Magazine titled “Why Voguing and the Ballroom Scene Matter Now More than Ever.”  Michael also serves as a cultural consultant for the Pose FX television show. Additionally, he is a public health advisor and community engagement specialist for the NYC COVID-19 contract tracing initiative.

Date

Apr 08 - 09 2022
Expired!

Time

1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Formats (virtual, in person, hybrid)

In-Person

Venue

Union Theological Seminary
3041 Broadway at 121st Street, New York, NY 10027
Category

Organizer

Union Theological Seminary
Phone
212-662-7100
Website
http://www.utsnyc.edu