Howard Harrod Lecture
Vanderbilt University Divinity School announces the 2016 Harrod Lecture
to be delivered by
Dennis C. Dickerson
James M. Lawson, Jr. Professor of History
Beyond Gandhi: African American Women, Empire, and Empowerment in India, 1935-1952
Thursday, November 10
African American women encountered Mohandas K. Gandhi in India in the 1930s and 1940s and influenced others whom they mentored to engage with nonviolence as a strategy both to liberate blacks and colonized peoples. Specifically, they advocated female empowerment in India and defined it as intrinsic to decolonization. Unlike black male religious intellectuals who met Gandhi, these female internationalists created a discourse of solidarity with Indian women that expanded beyond their traditional ties with black women in America and Africa.
About the Harrod Lecture
The Howard L. Harrod Lecture was established to honor Harrod, the Oberlin Alumni Professor of Social Ethics and Sociology of Religion, who taught for more than 30 years at Vanderbilt. Harrod worked extensively in environmental ethics and activism and was an advocate for new ways of understanding the relationships of humans with the animal and natural worlds. Past Harrod Lectures have been delivered by Catherine Keller, Ray Suarez, David Loy, Tom Dillehay, Mark D. Jordan, and Norman K. Gottwald, and Melissa Snarr.