Sept. 23, 2004
Robert M. Baum, associate professor of philosophy
and religious studies at Iowa State University, will speak
on "Religion, Politics, and Social Change" on Thursday,
Oct. 7, at 7 p.m. in the
Fellowship Hall at Grace United
Methodist Church, 1735 Morningside Avenue. The
event is part of the Academic and Cultural Arts Series (ACAS)
at Morningside College and is free and open to the public.
and Social Change" will attempt to help audiences better understand
the relationship between religion, politics, gender, and the
consequences of colonialism on historical as well as present-day
Baum received his doctorate
from Yale University and is an expert on Christianity, African
traditional religions, and Islam. He teaches courses on world
religions, Islamic civilization, and African religions, and
has conducted extensive research on the Atlantic slave trade.
He has published several articles and is the author of the
books "Shrines of the Slave Trade: Diola Religion and Society
in Precolonial Senegambia," and "A History of African Religions."
Baum is a member of the Iowa Humanities Council Speakers'
Bureau, a group of about 40 people who speak to the people
of Iowa on various issues in the public humanities.