2017 Baylor Pruit Symposium


The 2017 Pruit Memorial Symposium at Baylor University returned  to the theme of black gospel music with “Singing the Sermon: When the Message and Music Matter,” featuring two keynote presentations: “From Spirituals to Blood Songs: Remembering Tradition and Deliverance through Gospel Performance” by Melvin Butler, Associate Professor of Musicology at University of Miami; and “A Theology of African American Sacred Song and Liberation” by Stephen Newby, Associate Professor of Music at Seattle Pacific University.

The annual event brings the perspectives of the Christian intellectual tradition on contemporary issues of common concern. Through the articulation of differing views within the realm of Christian understanding, Baylor aspires to be a locus for a distinctly Protestant and Christian world view that is true to the best thoughts in the Baptist tradition.

Other conference presenters were Deborah Smith Pollard, Terri Brinegar, Coretta Pittman, Jerry Zolten, and Laura Nash with Andrew Virdin. Click here for a complete schedule of events and presentations.

The Baylor American Studies Program was among the 2017 Pruit Symposium sponsors. Other sponsors included Armstrong Browning Library; Truett Theological Seminary; Baylor University Libraries; Baylor School of Music; the Department of Journalism, Public Relations & New Media; the Department of History; the Department of English; the Department of Religion; the Kyle Lake Center for Effective Preaching; the Center for Christian Music Studies; and the Baylor University Diversity Enhancement Grant.



The founder of Critical Studies Blog, Mia Moody-Ramirez, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of journalism, public relations and new media at Baylor University. She specializes in new media portrayals of women and people of color. Her recent papers focus on the effects of the James Byrd Jr. dragging death on Jasper, Facebook hate groups, stereotypes of President Barack and Michelle Obama, male and female rappers’ differing views on the “independent woman,” and coverage of missing women.

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