About Us

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

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