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Professor Joshi Among Panelists on Race and Religion at Yale



Khyati Y. Joshi, second from right, associate professor of education, was an invited panelist at the International Festival of Arts and Ideas at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.  She took part in a June 16 panel discussion on “Preparing for 2050: The changing face of Race in America.” All the panelists were contributors to a recent special issue of Yale School of Divinity’s journal Reflections  which focused on the “The Future of Race.”

The panel considered the increasingly diverse and multi-cultural society of the United States, and panelists were asked to predict the future and comment on what race would like in the year 2050.  “Even when White folks become a numerical minority in about 2050, that won’t erase the 274 years of White privilege and White normativity embedded in our laws and public policies.  Rather than buy into fears of a less-White America, let’s use this moment to start a conversation on ‘Race 2.0’ – recognizing that too many of our institutional and social norms still reflect yesterday’s demographics and prejudices,” Professor Joshi remarked during the discussion.

Other panelists included Aracelis Vazquez Haye,  assistant pastor of the Primera Iglesia Bautitsa Hispana de New London who also serves as the Protestant Chaplain at Connecticut College; Dr. Frederick J. Streets,  Senior Pastor of the Dixwell Avenue Congregational United Church of Christ in New Haven, who earlier served for 15 years as Chaplain of Yale University and Senior Pastor of the Church of Christ in Yale as the first African American and Baptist to hold this position; Tisa Wenger, Assistant Professor of American Religious History at the Yale Divinity School; and moderator Harlon Dalton, Priest-in-Charge at Christ Church Cathedral in Hartford and the author of the book Racial Healing.  Dr. Joshi is the author of the book New Roots in America’s Sacred Ground: Religion, Race, and Ethnicity in Indian America,  co-editor of the collections Asian Americans Down South and Understanding Religious Oppression and Christian Privilege, and has written numerous book chapters and articles on race, immigration, and religion.

2013 is the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, and the 50th anniversary of both the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.  The International Festival of Arts & Ideas is a 15-day festival of performing arts, lectures, and conversations that celebrates the greatest artists and thinkers from around the world. Each June, the Festival takes over the theaters, open spaces, and courtyards of New Haven, Connecticut with performances and dialogues that tickle the senses, engage the mind, and inspire the soul.

The panel discussion featuring Prof. Joshi was part of the Festival’s kick-off weekend.  This year’s festival will run through June 30.  More than 80% of Festival programs are completely free to the public, including events that feature some of the most prestigious jazz, classical, dance, and theater artists in the world.

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