This Sunday, join us for a conversation about faith in democracy in dark times, with Melvin Rogers, an Associate Professor of Political Science at Brown University whose expertise ranges from "black atheism" to the great humanist philosopher John Dewey.
Rogers has wide-ranging interests located largely within contemporary democratic theory and the history of American and African-American political and ethical philosophy.
His first book, The Undiscovered Dewey: Religion, Morality, and the Ethos of Democracy, explored these issues through an interpretation of John Dewey's writings and the theme of human responsiveness central to his work. That book was haunted by the unpursued theme of racial injustice and its place in American democracy.
Professor Rogers' second book, The Darkened Light of Faith: Race, Democracy, and Freedom in African American Polit
ical Thought, will be devoted to figures within American and African-American political thought; it will combine close readings of figures and historical contextualization to think through the themes of democratic responsiveness, redemption, and faith amid racial injustice.