So, here is the email I sent out to the Brooks School community regarding Dr. Edward Blum’s visit to campus this week. Students here are fortunate to hear Blum speak and teach them in a classroom setting. Also, earlier today students heard from John Fea, author of Was America Founded as a Christian Nation? Fea, who chairs the history department at Messiah College was wonderful in his presentation. I have another post coming regard his talk.
Dear Brooks Community:
Have you ever pondered why many black Americans view Jesus as the black Messiah?
How can the Son of God be used to support the notion of white supremacy and the rise of the KKK, yet be used by Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights activists to bring an end to American racial injustice?
Is Tupac Jesus Christ? Or is Jesus Christ Tupac?
Is Jesus a communist?
Does Jesus really exist? And if so, why do so many people claim him as theirs?
I am honored to announce the arrival of my friend and colleague Edward Blum to the Brooks campus. He will be delivering a presentation on Thursday night in the Dalsmer room at 6 PM on behalf of the American Jesus Winter Term course. Blum, who authored both The Color of Christ and W.E.B. Du Bois: The American Prophet will engage you in the above points while answering questions on his research, teaching, and writing.
Blum is a historian of race and religion in the United States. He is the author (with Paul Harvey) of The Color of Christ: The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America (2012), W. E. B. Du Bois, American Prophet (2007), and Reforging the White Republic: Race, Religion, and American Nationalism, 1865-1898 (2005). He is also the co-editor (with Paul Harvey) of The Columbia Guide to Religion in American History (2012), (with Jason R. Young) The Souls of W. E. B. Du Bois: New Essays and Reflections (2009), and (with W. Scott Poole) Vale of Tears: New Essays on Religion and Reconstruction (2005). Blum has been awarded the Gustave O. Arlt Award in the Humanities by the Council of Graduate Schools for the best first book by a historian published between 2002 and 2009 (2009), the Peter Seaborg Award for the best book in Civil War Studies (2006), and the C. Vann Woodward Dissertation Prize for the best dissertation in southern history (2004). Twice he has been recognized by the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights and in 2007 was named by the History News Network a “top young historian.” He has been a fellow with the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University and with the National Endowment for the Humanities. In the classroom, Blum engages the past in a variety of ways, whether through music and images or debates and historical simulations. His courses include Antebellum America, the Civil War and Reconstruction, American religious history, and history through biography. He is a co-editor of the teaching blog and with Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman and Jon Gjerde of Major Problems in American History.