Monday February 22, 2021 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. EST
About the Event
Join CCUI for a live, in-depth and thought-provoking conversation with Dr. Khyati Y. Joshi about her recent book, White Christian Privilege - The Illusion of Religious Equality in America. The conversation will be moderated by Hartford Seminary President and CCIU Board member Dr. Joel N. Lohr.
Appearing recently on MSNBC's The Beat with Ari Melber, Live with Cory Booker and the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, Dr. Joshi will challenge us to think critically about the intersections of religion and race in America. Audience members will be invited to submit questions during this real-time discussion. The free event will be offered via Zoom, but space is limited. Please register no later than February 19th to receive the link and password necessary to join the event.
About Dr. Joshi
Dr. Khyati Y. Joshi is a scholar and thought leader on the intersecting issues of race, religion and immigration in the United States. Her writings, speeches, and course work focus on promoting cultural and religious pluralism in the United States.
Through her workshops and consulting, Dr. Joshi engages educators, policy-makers, and community leaders in an examination of the historical and systemic nature of bias, its consequences in everyday life, and the solutions that foster social justice and inclusiveness. In doing so, she provides clients with the tools to enhance both their own and their organizations' ability to provide inclusive, meaningful services and experiences in an increasingly connected and diverse world.
Professor Joshi’s research and scholarly work taps the experiences of South Asian Americans and other immigrant communities to illuminate race relations and inform interfaith work in the United States. She is an author, editor, and contributor to numerous ground-breaking books and journals in her field.
About White Christian Privilege - The Illusion of Religious Equality in America
Christianity’s overwhelming social power shapes America today, even when religious discrimination is mistaken for racism or obscured in debates over immigration or national identity. The United States’ most powerful and enduring myth is that it was created as a haven of religious freedom for all, and that the First Amendment makes people of all faiths, and of no faith, genuinely equal before the law.
It is time for the world’s most religiously-diverse nation to understand that, in fact, Christian privilege has always been embedded in U.S. policy, politics, and society’s rules and assumptions about who belongs and who doesn’t. Drawing upon her decades of research and teaching, and on the literature in legal studies, history, sociology, religion, ethnic studies, and education, Khyati Y. Joshi maps the origins of Christian privilege and the entwinement of Christianity and Whiteness in American national identity. She traces these phenomena from their European orientalist roots, to the American colonial era and Westward expansion, through 19th-century immigration and citizenship policies, to present-day social movements. Using the voices of Christians and religious minorities, Joshi explores the effects of Christian privilege and White racial norms on how all sorts of Americans live religion in the present day. In doing so, she poses and begins to answer the most urgent question Americans may face today: How to become a "more perfect union" – a religiously pluralistic democracy that leaves White Christian supremacy behind.