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Saturday, June 18 • 8:00am - 8:50am
The Silence of the Religious Archive on Issues of Social Justice: Exploring the Political Activity of 2 Denominations through Primary Source Materials

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How do we document religious activism? Drawing on recent examples, such as the social media curated syllabi project #Charleston Syllabus which contextualizes the history of racial violence after the massacre of 9 people during a prayer service at Mother Emanuel AME Church in South Carolina and primary source material documenting the founding of African Methodist religious traditions, this panel aims to highlight the connection between archives and social justice. Panelists representing African Methodist Episcopal and United Methodist institutions will share how primary sources communicate belief about faith, self-identity, and country. The talk will offer an analysis of competing and contested memories in the archives and position the ‘record’ or ‘artifact’ as object and gateway to social justice. Topics covered will include: institutional history, narrative theology, collective memory, crowd sourced collection development; as well as developing and promoting access. Attendees will be empowered to consider their own collections and realize we not only find themselves there, but evidence of how our respective traditions activity along political spectrums.

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Christopher J. Anderson

Associate Dean of Libraries, Drew University Library

Saturday June 18, 2016 8:00am - 8:50am
Shoreline B

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