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The Rev. Monica A. Coleman, scholar and inspirational speaker with a strong commitment to connecting faith and social justice, delivered the 2013 Antoinette Brown Lecture March 21 at Vanderbilt University Divinity School.
Coleman's talk is titled "Iyanla Vanzant, Black Women's Spirituality and the Oprah Effect: Straddling and Merging Religious Difference."
"Multiple religious belonging remains a significant controversy in the areas of philosophy of religion and theories of religious pluralism," Coleman said. "I believe that this field can learn a lot from conversations with African American studies and black religiosity. An examination of one aspect of popular culture can illuminate some of these lessons."
Coleman is an associate professor of constructive theology and African American religions at the Claremont School of Theology and co-director of the Center for Process Studies. She is also an ordained elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
To learn more about Vanderbilt, visit http://www.vanderbilt.edu.