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Anthea Butler, Ph.D., to speak at the 25th annual MLK Convocation

| By Stephanie Weaver
Anthea Butler

Anthea Butler, Ph.D., associate professor of religious studies and Africana studies at the University of Pennsylvania, will speak at Loyola University Maryland’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Convocation on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, at 5 p.m. in McGuire Hall. Butler will give her lecture, "From Selma to Charlottesville: How to confront and defeat racism in perilous times." A brief vigil service for hope and renewal will follow the lecture.

Butler’s research and writing spans religion and politics, religion and media, African American religion, sexuality, gender, and popular culture. She is the author of Women in the Church of God in Christ: Making A Sanctified World. Her new book on evangelicals, race, and the 2008 to 2016 election cycles will be published in fall 2018.

A media commentator who has appeared on BBC, MSNBC, CNN, and NPR, Butler has published op-eds in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, America Magazine, and Religion Dispatches. She has also appeared on the History Channel and served as a consultant to the PBS for series including God in America and the American Experience.

Roxane Gay had been scheduled to deliver the lecture but has had to postpone her talk at Loyola until a later date. Ticketing for the Convocation is not required; however, advance registration online is encouraged.

The MLK Convocation, celebrating its 25th year, is an occasion for Loyola and the Baltimore community to launch the spring semester and the New Year by coming together for shared inquiry into legacies of race and racial justice in America. Past speakers have included Octavia Butler, Spike Lee, and Ta-Nehisi Coates.

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