This panel looks at the increasingly diverse and multi-cultural society that the United States is moving toward: 2013 is the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, and the 50th anniversary of both the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
This panel includes Rev. Dr. Frederick "Jerry" Streets, former Yale University Chaplain, and pastor of Dixwell Congregational Church, and a panel of scholars, religious leaders and activists who look back, and also enrich our thinking about the next 50 years of race in America.
Presented in collaboration with Yale Divinity School.
Harlon Dalton (moderator) is currently the Priest-in-Charge at Christ Church Cathedral in Hartford. He holds a B.A. from Harvard University and a J.D. from Yale University. He has served as a public interest lawyer in New York and worked for the Justice Department in Washington, D.C. He also taught at Yale Law School, where he is now a professor emeritus. As a law professor, his areas were civil procedure, law and theology, critical race theory, and law and psychology. He is the author of Racial Healing (1995). In 2003, Dalton was ordained as a priest in the Diocese of Connecticut. For ten years, he served as the part-time Associate Rector of the Episcopal Church of St. Paul & St. James in New Haven, retiring in 2010. He then served briefly as an interim at St. Ann’s Old Lyme. Dalton also began teaching as an adjunct professor at Yale Divinity School in 2007 and, despite his 2010 retirement from the university, continues to teach at the School and serve as a spiritual director. From September 2011 to September 2012, he served as the Acting Canon for Mission Leadership for the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut, overseeing the ordination process and also parishes and clergy who were in transition. Over the years, Dalton has been involved in the New Haven community in a variety of ways, and in 2007 was awarded an Elm/Ivy Award by the mayor of New Haven and the President of Yale for his contributions to the city. He has also been significantly engaged on the national level, including as an ACLU board member and a Senatorial appointee to the National Commission on AIDS. He actively participates in the councils of the church, and serves on the Diocesan Standing Committee, Program & Budget Committee, Commission on Ministry (Committees One and Two), and Mission Discernment Initiative Working Group. He also is a music lover who sings in a gospel choir and plays several musical instruments.
Aracelis Vazquez Haye is the assistant pastor of the Primera Iglesia Bautitsa Hispana de New London, a fast growing American Baptist Latino/a congregation in New London, CT. She also serves as the Protestant Chaplain at Connecticut College in New London, CT, and at The Waterford Country School. Aracelis holds a Master of Divinity from Yale University, with special emphasis in youth and young adult ministry. Aracelis obtained a Bachelor of Arts from Eastern Connecticut State University in Latin American Studies, and a Master of Education in Higher Education Administration from Loyola University Chicago, Illinois. As a student development practitioner, Aracelis has served within the areas of Residence Life, Student Life and Multicultural Affairs, primarily in higher education, including as Associate Director of Unity House, Multicultural Center at Connecticut College. She has also served as an adjunct professor at St. John’s University (NYC), Three Rivers Community College, and Connecticut College. These positions follow her lifelong commitment to education, social justice, and children and youth advocacy, which also led her to answering the call to ministry after a career in higher education. Aracelis and her husband Kenyon Haye have launched The Fruitful LifeStyle, www.aracelisvazquezhaye.com.
Dr. Khyati Yogeshkumar Joshi is an Associate Professor of Education at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Dr. Joshi is the author of the book New Roots in America’s Sacred Ground: Religion, Race, and Ethnicity in Indian America (Rutgers University Press, 2006), which received the National Association for Multicultural Education’s 2007 Philip C. Chinn Book Award. She is co-editor of the collections Asian Americans Down South (University of Illinois Press, 2013) and Understanding Religious Oppression and Christian Privilege (Sense Publishers, 2008). She is the Religion, Schools And Society section editor for the Encyclopedia on Diversity in Education (Sage Publications) edited by James Banks, and has authored numerous book chapters and articles on race, immigration, and religion. In addition to numerous presentations to U.S. academic conferences, Professor Joshi has been invited to present her research on Hindu communities at the White House; to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to Vienna, Austria, where she addressed the racialization of religion, particularly Hinduism, Sikhism and Islam, as it relates to the development of policies to prevent and combat hate crimes in the OSCE region; and at several conferences in India, including an international conference of scholars on the Indian Diaspora sponsored by the Government of India. Professor Joshi earned her doctorate in Social Justice Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is a graduate of Emory University and pursued post-graduate studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Dr. Frederick J. Streets Reverend Dr. Frederick J. Streets is the Senior Pastor of the Dixwell Avenue Congregational United Church of Christ in New Haven, the oldest African American American Congregational Church in the known world, founded in New Haven in 1820. He served as the Carl and Dorothy Bennett Professor in Pastoral Counseling at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University, New York City, from 2007-2012. He also served as Chaplain of Yale University and Senior Pastor of the Church of Christ in Yale 1992-2007 and is the first African American and Baptist to hold this position. He was the Senior Pastor of the Mount Aery Baptist Church, Bridgeport, CT., from 1975-1992. A native of Chicago, Illinois, Jerry (the nickname he prefers to be called), is an adjunct member of the faculty at the Yale Divinity School and former member of the clinical social work faculty at the Yale Child Study Center. His research, publication, teaching and lecture interests are in pastoral theology, institutional leadership and development, and religion and social welfare. He holds the Master of Divinity degree from Yale University and masters and doctoral degrees from Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University, New York. Rev. Streets was a 2007-2008 Fulbright Scholar. In this capacity he did research and taught in the Department of Practical Theology at the University of Pretoria in South Africa examining the intersection of modern medicine, social work practice and spiritual care of families and children infected and affected by HIV and AIDS.
Tisa Wenger is Assistant Professor of American Religious History at the Yale Divinity School. Her research and teaching interests include the history of Christianity in the nineteenth- and twentieth-century United States (especially the American West), the cultural history of the categories of religion and secularism, the politics of religious freedom, and the intersections of race and religion in American history. Her book We Have a Religion: The 1920s Pueblo Indian Dance Controversy and American Religious Freedom(2009) shows how dominant conceptions of religion and religious freedom affected the Pueblo Indians of New Mexico as they sought to protect their religious ceremonies from government suppression, and how that struggle helped reshape mainstream views of religion and the politics of Indian affairs. She is now writing a history of religious freedom as an American ideal, tracing its multiple and shifting deployments throughout U.S. history. Other publications include articles in the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, History of Religions, Journal of the Southwest, and Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, along with chapters in several edited volumes. Before joining the YDS faculty, Professor Wenger taught at Arizona State University and was a Bill and Rita Clements Research Fellow at Southern Methodist University’s Clements Center for Southwest Studies. She was recently awarded a Lilly Foundation Research Grant from the Association of Theological Schools.
Sun, June 16, 2013, 1:00pm
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