About

The Transatlantic Roundtable on Religion and Race (TRRR) is a community of discourse, focusing on religious responses to issues of race (and similarly functioning ethnic or cultural markers of social otherness) within contemporary western cultures. At the heart of the TRRR initiative is a concern that a current obstacle to addressing persistent racial problems in a number of western contexts is that “race” is increasingly dismissed as a category of explanation for social problems—even where blacks find themselves disproportionately enduring adverse social dynamics and conditions.

TRRR Conferences:

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Pretoria, South Africa,  2011    

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London, England, 2012   

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Accra, Ghana,
2013

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Dr. William Ackah

Dr. William Ackah

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Dr. R. Drew Smith

Dr. R. Drew Smith

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Dr. Rothney S. Tshaka

Dr. Rothney S. Tshaka

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Dr. J. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu

Dr. J. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu

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Dr. Relebohile Moletsane

Dr. Relebohile Moletsane

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Mr. Itumeleng Mothoagae

Mr. Itumeleng Mothoagae

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Dr. Althea Legal-Miller

Dr. Althea Legal-Miller

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Dr. David Muir

Dr. David Muir

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Dr. Elizabeth Henry

Dr. Elizabeth Henry

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Rose-Marie Belle Antoine

Rose-Marie Belle Antoine

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Ronald A. Nathan

Ronald A. Nathan

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Yolande Cadore

Yolande Cadore

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Dr. William Ackah

Dr. William Ackah

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William has been a lecturer in Community and Voluntary Sector Studies at Birkbeck since 2005. Prior to that he was head of Widening Participation at the University of Bristol, and prior to that he was Equality and Diversity Manager at the Learning and Skills Council Gloucestershire. He has worked as an academic at a number of Higher Educaton institutions, including University of Edge Hill where he was Lecturer in Race Equality Studies, Liverpool Hope University and University of Liverpool.

Dr. R. Drew Smith

Dr. R. Drew Smith

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R. Drew Smith earned his undergraduate degree from Indiana University, and earned a Master of Divinity, Master of Arts, and Ph.D. from Yale University. Professor Smith, who is both a political scientist and a clergyman, has initiated and directed a number of projects related to religion and public life which have collected research data on political involvements, community development activities, and outreach ministries of churches, especially African-American churches. He has also conducted similar research in South Africa, including while serving in 2005 as a Fulbright professor at the University of Pretoria. His overseas involvements also include serving in 2009 as a Fulbright senior specialist at Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Cameroon, and lecturing in many international venues including as part of the U.S. State Department’s Speakers Bureau. He has served since 2010 as co-convener of the Transatlantic Roundtable on Religion and Race, an initiative that convenes scholars, religious leaders, and community activists from across the transatlantic region for purposes of advancing progressive approaches to persistent racial problems in various contexts. In addition, as a Baptist clergyman, he has ministered in a number of parish, prison, and campus ministry contexts.

Before coming to Pittsburgh Theological Seminary where he presently serves as Professor of Urban Ministry, he was the scholar-in-residence and director of Religion and Public Life Projects at the Leadership Center at Morehouse College and is the former director of the Center for Church and the Black Experience at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. He has published widely on religion and public life, having written numerous articles and chapters, and edited or co-edited seven books, including most recently: From Every Mountainside: Black Churches and the Broad Terrain of Civil Rights (2013); Churches, Blackness, and Contested Multiculturalism: Europe, Africa, and North America (2014), and Contesting Post-Racialism: Conflicted Churches in the U.S. and South Africa (2015). He is also currently writing a book on contemporary black clergy activism.

Dr. Rothney S. Tshaka

Dr. Rothney S. Tshaka

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Prof. R. S. Tshaka holds a BTh (UWC), MDIV (University of Stellenbosch), Lic. Theol (Univ. Stellenbosch), MTh (Free University of Amsterdam) and a DTh (University of Stellenbosch). He is an alumna of Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA. He has lectured Theology and Ethics at the Murray Theological College in Zimbabwe. Was Associate Professor of Ethics and Community at the New Brunswick Theological Seminary in New Jersey, USA. He is an ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa and is currently Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Systematic Theology at the University of South Africa. His current research interests are in the fields of black studies. He has published in the areas of Being African and Reformed as well as Afrophobia. He is married with children.

Dr. J. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu

Dr. J. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu

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J. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu PhD. is Baeta-Grau Professor of Contemporary African Christianity and Pentecostal/ Charismatic Theology in Africa at the Trinity Theological Seminary, Accra, Ghana. His teaching areas include non-Western Christianity and Theology and Media in Africa. He is also Director of Graduate Studies at the Seminary. Kwabena has served as visiting scholar to the Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard University (2004); Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota (2007); and Senior Resident Scholar at the Overseas Ministries Study Center (2012). He is a member of the Lausanne Theology Working Group and a Trustee of the Oxford Center for Mission Studies, UK. Kwabena is author of African Charismatics: Current Developments within Independent Indigenous Pentecostalism in Ghana (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2005); Christianity, Missions and Ecumenism in Ghana (Accra: Asempa Publishers, 2009); Strange Warmth: Wesleyan Perspectives on Renewal, Ministry and Discipleship (Accra: Asempa Publishers, 2011); co-editor with Frieder Ludwig of African Christian Presence in the West: New Immigrant Congregations and Transnational Networks in North America and Europe (Trenton, New Jersey: Africa World Press, 2011); Contemporary Pentecostal Christianity: Interpretations from an African Context (Wipf and Stock, 2013); and many articles in international journals relating to his fields of research.

Dr. Relebohile Moletsane

Dr. Relebohile Moletsane

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Professor Relebohile Moletsane occupies the position of Professor and John Langalibalele Dube Chair in Rural Education in the Faculty of Education, the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Her areas of teaching and research include rural education and development; curriculum studies and gender and education, including gender-based violence and its links to HIV and AIDS and AIDS-related stigma, body politics, as well as on girlhood studies in Southern African contexts. She is interested (and involved) in projects that use participatory visual methodologies in doing research and development work with marginalized groups.

She teaches in the areas of rural education and development; curriculum studies and gender and education, including gender-based violence and its links to HIV and AIDS and AIDS-related stigma, body politics, as well as on girlhood studies in Southern African contexts.

Her research interests include the use of participatory visual methodologies in doing research and development work with marginalized groups in the areas of rurality, poverty, gender, HIV/AIDS and Education.

Mr. Itumeleng Mothoagae

Mr. Itumeleng Mothoagae

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Itumeleng Daniel Mothoagae is a lecturer at the University of South Africa in the field of New Testament. Most of his work is on Black Liberation Theology, Land, developmental sustainability, and socio-economic and socio-political experiences of the Black Majority. He has attended and presented papers at domestic and international conferences, published in local and international accredited journals as well as in non-accredited journals, and organized and participated in several local and international conferences. He has also co-edited two special themed journal issues, guest edited another journal issue, and edited one peer reviewed book. He is currently co-editing two peer reviewed books and guest editing a journal issue. He also serves as an editor of an international Journal. Currently, he is engaged in collaborative field research in the South African informal settlement, Diepsloot. Some of his research is directly related to his co-leadership of the University of South Africa’s Voice and Voicelessness Project. Itumeleng holds a Bachelor of Theology, Bachelor of Ministry, Honours Bachelor of Theology, Master of Theology (New Testament). He is currently pursuing a PhD. in New Testament. The title of his doctoral theses is: Colonialism, Moffat’s 1857 Tswana-English Bible and the disappearance of the Badimo (Ancestors).

Dr. Althea Legal-Miller

Dr. Althea Legal-Miller

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Althea Legal-Miller received her BA in American Studies with Year Abroad (University of California, Berkeley), MA in Contemporary Cinema Cultures and PhD in American Studies all from King’s College London. She has taught at King’s College London and Arcadia University on visual culture, American civil rights movements and postwar Britain. She has received a number of prestigious scholarships and awards, including an AHRC British Research Fellowship at the John W. Kluge Center in the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., and the Mae C. King Distinguished Paper Award on Women, Gender and Black Politics from the Association for the Study of Black Women in Politics (ASBWP).

Her doctoral dissertation ‘The unmentionable ugliness of the jailhouse’: Sexualized Violence, the Black Freedom Movement and the Leesburg Stockade Imprisonment, 1963′ explored the history and visual culture memory of ritualised jail-based sexual violence against female civil rights activists at the hands of white male southern law-enforcers.

Dr. David Muir

Dr. David Muir

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Roehampton University

Dr. Elizabeth Henry

Dr. Elizabeth Henry

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Elizabeth Henry is part of the policy adviser team for the Church of England taking a lead on race and equality issues. She is National Adviser for the Committee for Minority Ethnic Anglican Concerns (CMEAC). Elizabeth has worked on tackling inequalities in International, National and regional settings. Before taking up her current post she was Chief Executive Officer of Race on the Agenda (ROTA), a social policy and action research charity that focuses on race equality and issues affecting Britain’s Black Asian and Minority Ethnic communities.

Rose-Marie Belle Antoine

Rose-Marie Belle Antoine

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Dean of the Faculty of Law, Professor Rose-Marie Belle Antoine, holds the Chair as Professor of Labour Law and Offshore Financial Law. Her career has embodied wide and diverse scholarly activity, public service, representation and activism. Dean Antoine’s specialist subject areas are Offshore Financial Law, Labour Law, Anti-Discrimination Law, Public Law (human rights, administrative law and public service law) and Legal Systems/ Comparative Law. Antoine won the Oxford Commonwealth Scholarship to read for the doctorate in law at Oxford University, won the Cambridge Pegasus Scholarship to pursue the LLM and holds the LL.B. from the UWI. She also earned diplomas and certificates with distinction in international human rights from the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France. She was the Distinguished Goodwin Scholar 2004 for Nova SE University in Florida and an adjunct professor at the DePaul, Illinois and Case Western universities, USA, lecturing on International Financial Law. Professor Antoine was former Program Director and founder of the LLM programme in Corporate Law at the Cave Hill campus. Previously, Professor Antoine was employed as a legal officer at the International Labour Office (ILO) in Geneva, Switzerland and worked briefly in London.

Antoine is a Cambridge Fellow and attorney-at law. In 2011, she was elected by OAS states as a Commissioner to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, (IACHR), Washington, where she holds two portfolios as the Rapporteur for Persons of African Descent and against Race Discrimination, and the Rapporteur for Indigenous Peoples. Antoine was also the inaugural head of the Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Unit at the IACHR/OAS.

Professor Antoine was appointed the eight honorary member of the international Society for Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) in 2012, the only person from the Caribbean. She is a Member of the Advisory Committee of Brookes University, Small Jurisdictions program, Oxford and a Member of the Advisory Board of the International Journal of Legislative Drafting and Law Reform, London. In 2006, Antoine became the first person from the Faculty of Law to win the prestigious UWI Vice-Chancellor’s Regional Award for Excellence in Research. In 2013, she created history by winning the Vice Chancellor’s award for excellence for the second time, this time for Public Service. Antoine has also won international awards for her research and publications, including being honoured by the Commonwealth Foundation UK as an eminent scholar and the UK based Emerald Literati Prize for a published work. In 2008 she was named as one of the outstanding 60 under 60 Academics by the UWI. She has also received Awards from the Guild of Undergraduate Students for her ‘courage and dedication to students’ and for Outstanding Service to the Guild of Students.

Professor Antoine has served as advisor, either as Team Leader or Sole Consultant, to all of the governments of the Commonwealth Caribbean, to governments outside of the region, such as the UK, Venezuela, USA and Canada, and to several international and regional organisations. These include the European Union (EU), OAS, IADB, the World Bank, CARICOM, OECS, UNICEF, ILO, UNIFEM, PanCap and UNDCP. She is the author of well-known Reports on regional issues including Discrimination, Constitutional Reform, Public Service Reform, Police, Children’s’ Rights/ Juvenile Justice, Mutual Legal Assistance, Women’s Rights, Labour Law, Free Movement of Labour , HIV, Financial Law, Health and Anti-Corruption. She has also drafted a number of important statutes on diverse areas of law including on the financial sector, health, public service, education, child justice, labour, financial law, human trafficking and trusts and as ILO consultant, she drafted a Labour Code for Saint Lucia. She has therefore contributed an important share to the practical realisation of the aims of Caribbean legal development and policy by leading various projects and studies. As a result of this consultancy work, she has been described by government sources and others as the “foremost labour law expert in Labour Law in the region” and the “leading” expert in the region in Offshore Financial Law and the law on HIV. She has also been cited on several occasions by the courts of law.

Dean Antoine is an award winning author who has written twelve books and several articles in international legal journals on a wide array of subjects. She is published by the prestigious Oxford University Press, with her texts Confidentiality in Offshore Financial Law and the other, Trusts and Related Tax Issues in Offshore Financial Law, described as ‘path-breaking’ and ‘amazing’ by international jurists and into their second editions. These, and her first book, Commonwealth Caribbean Law and Legal Systems, published by Routledge Cavendish, London, are used by universities and practitioners in Europe, the USA, UK and Africa. She is also the co-author and editor of the Unfair Dismissal Digest, ILO, Geneva, Legal Issues in Offshore Finance (Randle Publishers) and HIV and Human Rights, UWI Press. Professor Antoine has contributed chapters to leading texts such as the Legal Systems of the World Encyclopedia, ABC, CLIO, USA, Law and Employment: Lessons from Latin America and the Caribbean, edited by the Nobel Prize Winner in Economics, James Heckman and Human Resource Development and Workplace Governance in the Caribbean, Randle Publishers. She is the author of the well-known CARICOM Harmonization in Labour Law Report 1992, which formed the basis of the Commonwealth Caribbean’s (CARICOM) model labour laws and the blueprint and catalyst for labour law reform in the Commonwealth Caribbean, including reforms on equality of opportunity and industrial relations rights. Antoine is a legal resource person on HIV for organizations such as CAREC, PANCAP and other community groups, initiating the thrust toward anti-discrimination laws. She also served on the UWI HIV Committee (HARP).

An avid gardener, trained vocal soloist, mainly in classical music, and amateur artist, Dean Antoine has strong interests in cultural and social activities, including writing and singing calypsos and singing folk music. She is proud to be a past pupil of St. Joseph’s Convent, St. Joseph in Trinidad, where she was the Head-Girl and Sports Captain.

Ronald A. Nathan

Ronald A. Nathan

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Ronald A. Nathan is one of the most radical prophetic voices coming out of the Caribbean. Ronald is a mentor, coach, lecturer, motivational speaker, author, development consultant, public theologian and church elder.

He follows in the traditions of Fredrick Douglass, Marcus Garvey and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He holds a deep commitment to Africa and an unending passion for the under-served community of Laventille, Trinidad.

A voice ‘crying in the wilderness’ on behalf of the down trodden, poor, excluded and disinherited. He is at ease in the lecture room of the University, in the pulpit of a church, in a shack in a squatter community or at a podium of a civil rights platform.

He is married to Glynis A. Brewster, and has three adult children and seven grandchildren. They reside in Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean.

Yolande Cadore

Yolande Cadore

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Yolande Cadore, the Drug Policy Alliance’s Director of Strategic Partnerships, has worked with grassroots organizations in New York City for more than ten years. Early in her career, she worked for the Working Families Party as a Brooklyn canvasser, and she later worked as an organizer with the grassroots organizing and advocacy group, ACORN. Following her time at ACORN, she spent four years as the lead organizer at New York State Tenants and Neighbors, a statewide housing organization. Recognizing the connections between poverty and environmental degradation, such as low-quality housing and poor health, Yolande joined WE ACT for Environmental Justice, where she was the director of community organizing for six years. In that position, she developed the organization’s outreach and advocacy campaigns. Most recently, she was the national field director for The Praxis Project.

Yolande understands the idiosyncrasies of disenfranchised and marginalized communities – and believes that the strategic alignment of individuals and organizations is an important catalyst to effecting long-term social change. At the Drug Policy Alliance, she hopes to further the understanding among traditional and non-traditional allies that – as with all wars – the victims of the war on drugs are human beings. Yolande resides in the Bronx, where she is active in her community as a Young Adult Minister at her local church.

Highlights

Social Struggle and Faith-Based Activism in “Black Empowerment” Times (South Africa 2014)

Social Struggle and Faith-Based Activism in “Black Empowerment” Times (South Africa 2014)

Dr. Mercy Oduyoye on the Role of the Naming Ceremony

Dr. Mercy Oduyoye on the Role of the Naming Ceremony

This video is about Dr. Mercy Oduyoye on the Role of the Naming Ceremony by Dr. Ralph Watkins

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Professor Kofi Opoku on African Symbols

Professor Kofi Opoku on African Symbols

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Dr. Erieka Bennett Welcomes TRRR Welcome to Ghana

Dr. Erieka Bennett Welcomes TRRR Welcome to Ghana

Video: Dr. Ralph Watkins

“Black Churches and 21st Century Captives”  Ghana 2013

“Black Churches and 21st Century Captives” Ghana 2013

Connecting Religious Leaders and Scholars throughout the Diaspora

Connecting Religious Leaders and Scholars throughout the Diaspora

Dr. R. Drew Smith, co-convener of the Transatlantic Roundtable on Religion and Race (TRRR), speaks to KineticsLive.com about Black Churches in Global Public Spaces.

Cobus Van Wyngaard: Christianity and White Privilege in South Africa

Cobus Van Wyngaard: Christianity and White Privilege in South Africa

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KineticsLive.com interviews Cobus van Wngaard who presented on The Language of Diversity in Reconstruction Whiteness in the Dutch Reformed Church at the Transatlantic Roundtable on Religion and Race .

Michael Brandon McCormick: Preachers and the Power that BET

Michael Brandon McCormick: Preachers and the Power that BET

    KineticsLive.com speaks with Michael Brandon McCormick, PhD candidate at Vanderbilt University. He was a presenter at the Transatlantic Roundtable on Religion and Race at Birkbeck, University of London. The title of his presentation was entitled “The Preachers and the Powers that BET: Black Activist Clergy .”

     

     

     

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