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Black Samson Goes to Hollywood

Hosted by
The William E. Pannell Center for Black Church Studies
Payton Geneva
Open to the public


January 25, 2019
5:00 pm
Geneva Room, Payton Hall

Is Cleopatra Black? Is Jesus Black? Is Samson Black? And what is at stake in these questions of historical and literary representation? Based on their forthcoming book Black Samson: The Untold Story of an American Icon (Oxford University Press), biblical scholars Nyasha Junior and Jeremy Schipper analyze visual representations of Samson as a Black man in American media. They trace the use of Black Samson imagery in political cartoons, paintings, comic books, graphic novels, television, and film from the mid-nineteenth century to today.

Dr. Nyasha Junior’s research and teaching focus on the intersections of religion, race, and gender; her public scholarship has appeared in The Washington Post, Buzzfeed, Religion and Politics, and other media outlets.  Dr. Jeremy Schipper has published in a number of leading journals and has received a number of honors for his research, including most recently the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship for his research on Denmark Vesey’s Bible. Junior and Schipper teach in the Department of Religion at Temple University in Philadelphia.

January 25, 2019
Payton Geneva
135 N. Oakland Ave.
Pasadena, CA
No registration required
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