Dr. James H. Cone’s Works Discussed in AAR Sessions

The scholarly works of Dr. James H. Cone were the topics of discussion for three session during the 2012 meeting of the American Academy of Religion in Chicago, Illinois.  Cone, who is best known for his work on Black Theology, is the author of numerous books, including The Cross and the Lynching Tree (2011).  For more information on the annual meeting, publications, and other activities of the American Academy of Religion, please visit

Dr. James H. Cone and Dr. Regennia N. Williams at the November 2012 meeting of the AAR in Chicago, Illinois.

Dressed for Success (and Comfort) in South Africa

Dr. Regennia N. Williams at the Qwaqwa campus of South Africa's University of the Free State


When I was preparing for my trip to South Africa, they warned me that it might be cold during my July visit, but I did not realize just how cold it could get.  Needless to say, I am grateful to my South African colleagues for my two favorite souvenirs from the visit: the official University of the Free State hat and hoodie that I am wearing in this photo!  Both items really came in handy in this very chilly and very beautiful part of the world.  For more information on the Global Leadership Summit that nine Cleveland State University delegates attended, please visit

Dr. Cheryl A. Wall Agrees to Deliver Hurston Conference Keynote Lecture

Dr. Cheryl A. Wall


Dr. Cheryl A. Wall, Board of Governors Zora Neale Hurston Professor of English at Rutgers University, has agreed to deliver the keynote lecture for RASHAD’s September 2012 “Watching God and Reading Hurston” conference.  The complete conference program will be available online after July 1st on the official conference website, .


For more information on Professor Wall, please visit her faculty webpage at .



Ellington’s Jazz Is Focus of Conference Paper

Dr. Regennia N. Williams will deliver an invited paper on “The Wartime Reception of Duke Ellington’s ‘Black, Brown, and Beige’ (1943), on Wednesday, March 14, 2012, at the University of Rouen (France).   The ‘Black, Brown, and Beige’ suite includes “Come Sunday,” one of Ellington’s earliest works of sacred jazz.


The paper is part of a three-hour conference session devoted to Ellington.  The session will begin at 9 a.m., and musicians from the University of Rouen’s Conservatory will also perform Ellington compositions.


The conference is part of “World War II / Seconde Guerre Mondiale,”  a short-term study abroad program scheduled durig spring break 2012.   For more information, contact Dr. Williams at


Book Discussions and Author’s Talk Focus on “The Warmth of Other Suns”

Isabel Wilkerson, Author

Book lovers in Greater Cleveland will have lots of exciting events to choose from during African American History Month.  RASHAD will host discussions of The Warmth of Other Suns on Thursday, February 16 and Tuesday, February 28, at noon, in CSU’s Michael Schwartz Library, author Isabel Wilkerson will give two talks on Tuesday, February 21, 2012: one from noon – 1 p.m. in Tri-C’s Western Campus Theatre and one from 6 -7 p.m. in Tri-C’s Metropolitan Campus Theatre.  Admission is free to all of the the above campus events.


There will also be a third book discussion at the East View United Church of Christ on Saturday, February 25, at 7 p.m.  The church is located at East 156th and Chagrin in Shaker Heights, Ohio.


For more information on the Tri-C programs, please visit:


For more information on the book discussions, please contact Dr. Regennia N. Williams, discussion leader, at (216) 523-7182.





African American History Month Book Discussions


You are cordially invited to participate in our African American History Month discussions of Isabel Wilkerson’s 


The Warmth of Other Suns

Regennia N. Williams, Discussion Leader

Thursday, February 16, 2012, Noon

Cleveland State University

2121 Euclid Avenue

Michael Schwartz Library, RT 304


Saturday, February 25, 2012, 7 p.m.

Eastview United Church of Christ

15615 Chagrin Boulevard

Shaker Heights, Ohio 44120


Both discussions are free and open to the public. For more information, call (216) 523-7182.

Spiritual Gifts Gospel Choir at Severance Hall

The Spiritual Gifts Gospel Choir will perform on the Cleveland Orchestra’s “Colors of Christmas” concerts at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, December 20 and 21, at Severance Hall.   The other special guests for these concerts are Peabo Bryson, Jennifer Holliday, Lea Salonga, and Ben Vereen.


The Spiritual Gift s Gospel Choir performs and teaches others about the music of the historic African American church. Beverly J. Brown, program director at Rainey Institute and a graduate of Cleveland State University with degrees in music and religious studies, is serving as choirmaster for the “Colors of Christmas” performances.


In addition to their work with church choirs, individual singers have performed in concert settings and/or recorded with numerous school, community-based, and professional groups. The Spiritual Gifts Gospel Choir works in collaboration with CSU’s Initiative for the Study of Religion and Spirituality in the History of Africa and the Diaspora (RASHAD) and Praying Grounds. Dr. Regennia N. Williams, CSU associate professor of history, is founder and director of RASHAD and Praying Grounds, and serves as the administrative coordinator for Spiritual Gifts.


Discounted tickets are available for members of the CSU community and their relatives and friends.  For more information, please see the flyer on this link:  TCO Colors of Christmas CSU


“Engaged Learning in Times of War and Peace” Library Exhibit on View Through End of October

Nathaniel Williams, U.S. Army Veteran, and Family, c. 1960


What was it like to be a poor child in Depression-era America?  What kind of musical or other radio programming would teens have listened to in the era of World War II? How important were radio broadcasts to the dissemination of news before, during, and after the bombing of Pearl Harbor?  How were draftees treated while serving in a desegregating U.S. army during the Korean War?  Why did so many veterans and other African Americans leave the American South as part of the Great Migration?


During the month of October, an exhibit on the first floor of the Michael Schwartz Library, “Engaged Learning in Times of War and Peace,” invites viewers to consider these and other questions while gaining a better understanding of the life experiences of American veterans of World War II and the Korean War. Beginning with the story of one soldier, Nathaniel Williams (1930-1978), the three-part exhibit includes books, films, audio recordings, and other items from library and private collections.


For more information on related campus and community programs, please visit The Cleveland Chautauqua Blog site at


To learn more about the experiences of other veterans, visit “African Americans, Fighting Two Battles” at   This online collection is part of the Veterans History Project of the Library of Congress.