The University of Pittsburgh Department of Religious Studies & the Department of Africana Studies Present the Symposium: DIVERSE SPIRITUALITIES

April 20, 2017 (All day) to April 22, 2017 (All day)

Location and Address

630 William Pitt Union & 501 Cathedral of Learning


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LECTURE 1: The Embodied Power of Sankofa

Stephanie Y. Mitchem (University of South Carolina)

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

6:00 - 7:30 PM 

630 William Pitt Union 

Pre-keynote reception from 5:00 - 6:00 PM 


LECTURE 2: Seeing into the Unseen: Embodied Knowledge & Disembodied Spirits in Islamic West Africa

Rudolph Ware (University of Michigan)

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Friday, April 21, 2017 

5:00 - 6:00 PM 

630 Wlliam Pitt Union 

Pre-keynote reception from 4:00 - 5:00 PM 


LECTURE 3: Embodiment, Relationality, and Materiality in African Religion and the African Diaspora Traditions

Jacob K. Olupona (Harvard University Divinity School)

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Saturday, April 22, 2017 

2:00 - 3:30 PM 

501 Cathedral of Learning 

Post-keynote reception from 3:30 - 4:15 PM


For more information, please contact the Diverse Spiritualities Symposium Organizers Yolanda Covington Ward ( and Jeanette Jouili (


This symposium is sponsored by the Year of Diversity, the Humanities Center, the Faculty Research Scholarship Program, the Dept. of Africana Studies, the African Studies Program, the Dept. of  Religious Studies, the Center for Latin American Studies, the Global Studies Center, the World History Center, the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program, the Dept. of History, the Cultural Studies Program, and the Dept. of Theatre Arts.


The 3 LECTURES listed are part of the Diverse Spiritualities Symposium. These lectures are open to the public and all welcome!