WU Libraries’ Faculty Book Talk Series continues this semester with three events that are free and open to the public. All talks will take place at 4:30 p.m. in Room 142 of Olin Library. A reception will follow each talk.
Wednesday, January 31: Marie Griffith will discuss Moral Combat: How Sex Divided American Christians and Fractured American Politics (Basic Books). Griffith’s book provides a sweeping account of the century of religious conflict that produced our culture wars. Griffith, the John C. Danforth Distinguished Professor in the Humanities, is currently the director of the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics and the editor of the Center’s journal, Religion & Politics.
Thursday, February 1: Brandon Wilson will talk about his new novel, The Half Beneath (TouchPoint Press). In the book, Wilson explores the life of a slave through the character of his great-great-grandfather, John Lyle Wilson. Wilson is a Chancellor’s Fellow and PhD student in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis.
Monday, March 5: Monique Bedasse, assistant professor of history and African and African American studies, will discuss Jah Kingdom: Rastafarians, Tanzania, and Pan-Africanism in the Age of Decolonization (University of North Carolina Press). In the book, Bedasse uses Rastafarian repatriation to Tanzania to examine the transnational politics of pan-African ideas and praxis following the rise of independent nation-states across the Caribbean and Africa.