Phi Beta Kappa visiting scholar to discuss “signifying scriptures” April 6

Vincent L. Wimbush Phi Beta Kappa visiting scholar banner imageVincent L. Wimbush, this year’s Phi Beta Kappa visiting scholar, will give a talk titled “Signifying Scriptures: The Black Atlantic Reads King James” Wednesday, April 6, at 12:30 p.m. in the Thwing Center ballroom.

Wimbush is a scholar of religion and founding director of the Institute for Signifying Scriptures, an independent international trans-disciplinary organization that engages “scriptures” and “scripturalizing” as cultural phenomena and as analytical wedges for critical comparative inquiry in discourse and power and social formation.

He is author or editor of more than 12 books, including White Men’s Magic: Scripturalization as Slavery, Theorizing Scriptures and African Americans and the Bible. He also is executive producer of a documentary film, Finding God in the City of Angels.

His talk is free and open to the public. Registration is available online.

The Alpha of Ohio chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the Department of Religious Studies and the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar program will sponsor Wimbush’s two-day residency on campus,during which he will engage with undergraduates in classes and discussion.