Williams alumni, parents, and friends are invited to attend the
Teach it Forward: WBAN DC Launch
Associate Dean of the Faculty &
Associate Professor of Africana Studies and Faculty Affiliate in Religion
Co-hosted by Nadra Franklin '86, Marcus Christian '91 P'16,
Valda Clark Christian '92 P'16, and Ifiok Inyang '11
As part of Teach It Forward, the college’s comprehensive fundraising campaign, we are launching Teach It Forward: WBAN Challenge, seeking to inspire Black alumni to take up Williams as our cause as we honor the legacy of Williams’ first Black graduate, Gaius Charles Bolin, Class of 1889, and advance the college’s efforts to transform the academy.
Thursday, May 25th
The National Press Club
Fourth Estate Room
529 14th Street NW
The National Press Club is a secure facility, and all attendees must present an access code to pass through security. If you plan to attend and did not receive an email with the access code, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
There is no charge for this event
Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be provided
After completing her undergraduate education at Duke University, LeRhonda Manigault-Bryant received a Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University and a PhD in Religion from Emory’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. A proud native of Moncks Corner, South Carolina, she navigates the academy as a scholar-artist, and teaches courses that merge her life as a musician and vocalist with her interdisciplinary specializations in religion, gender, race, music, and popular culture, with a focus on ethnographic methods.
Professor Manigault-Bryant is currently working on her second, single-authored monograph entitled Pushing Weight: Religion, Popular Culture, and the Implications of Image, which utilizes film theory, womanist/black feminist thought, and ethnographic data to examine how popular culture and contemporary media forms simultaneously influence mass interpretations of the black female “religious” body. Whether investigating religious practices of specific communities or exploring cultural production at the popular level, critical to her research are questions that unearth how African Americans respond to processes of cultural commodification.
For her creative endeavors, Professor Manigault-Bryant has been the recipient of independent and national grants from the Fund for Theological Education, the Ford Foundation, the Louisville Institute, the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Religion and Theology, Emory University, Wake Forest University, Williams College, and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.
Professor Manigault-Bryant, a former Bolin Fellow, returned to Williams after having taught at Wake Forest University.
Occasionally, you can find Rhon adding her colorful, critical, commentary to the digital universe via Twitter @DoctorRMB.