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 wants to insure that where race is an accurate and useful explanation for social problems and potential solutions that it receives appropriate attention. Though TRRR’s approach is scholarly, its commitment is to advancing informed and progressive approaches to persistent racial problems in dialogue and collaboration with broad publics (including faith-based, civil society, and governmental leaders).
TRRR Conveners are R. Drew Smith, Morehouse College; William Ackah, Birkbeck, University of London; and Rothney Tshaka, University of South Africa.
TRRR Advisory Council:
Allan Boesak (chair), University of the Free State and Stellenbosch University
Iva E. Carruthers, The Samuel Dewitt Proctor Conference, Inc.
Frank Chikane, University of the Witwatersrand
Carol B. Duncan, Wilfred Laurier University
Walter Earl Fluker, Boston University
Marla F. Frederick, Harvard University
J. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu, Trinity Theological College
Nico Koopman, Stellenbosch University
Emmanuel Lartey, Candler School of Theology, Emory
R. David Muir, Faith in Britain
Peter J. Paris, Princeton Theological Seminary
Andrew Phillips, University of South Africa
Anthony Pinn, Rice University
Anthony G. Reddie, Queen’s Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education
Gosnell Yorke, University of KwaZulu-Natal and University of South Africa