New Books in the Arts & Sciences

Celebrating Recent Work by Josef Sorett

Thursday, February 23, 2017  6:15pm The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room


Free and open to the public

First come, first seated

No registration necessary


Heyman Center for the Humanities

Society of Fellows in the Humanities

Dean of Humanities, Arts & Sciences

Dean of Social Science, Arts & Sciences

Department of Religion


New Books in the Arts & Sciences
         —panel discussions celebrating recent work by the Columbia Faculty

Spirit in the Dark: A Religious History of Racial Aesthetics by Josef Sorrett

Josef Sorett, Associate Professor of Religion and African-American Studies and Director of the Center on African-American Religion, Sexual Politics and Social Justice (CARSS), has just released his first book, Spirit in the Dark: A Religious History of Racial Aesthetics through Oxford University Press. Spirit in the Dark offers an account of the ways in which religion, especially Afro-Protestantism, remained pivotal to the ideas and aspirations of African American literature across much of the twentieth century.

Professor Sorett is currently at work on his second book, tentatively titled The Holy Holy Black: The Ironies of an African American Secular, which is also in contract with Oxford UP, and is additionally editing an anthology, The Sexual Politics of Black Churches.


  • Author

    Josef Sorett

    Associate Professor of Religion and African-American Studies

    Columbia University

  • Discussant

    Robert Gooding-Williams

    M. Moran Weston/Black Alumni Council Professor of African-American Studies,
    Professor of Philosophy

    Columbia University

  • Discussant

    Barbara Savage

    Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought

    University of Pennsylvania


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