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The Peggy Ryan Williams Difficult Dialogues Symposium

Contributed by Rachel Gould on 09/18/19 

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Submitted on behalf of Tanya Saunders, Assistant Provost

Challenging times require our engagement in difficult dialogues about topics many of us may prefer to avoid. The increasing elusiveness of ‘truth’ makes the responsibility of engagement a greater challenge. Nevertheless, open discussions are essential to the never-ending pursuit of freedom and justice for All. To facilitate our conversation about a difficult truth, The Very Reverend Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas will speak on the Ithaca College campus on Thursday, September 26th beginning at 7:00 pm in the Emerson Suites. Her presentation, “The Soul of the Nation at a Time of White Nationalism,” will be followed by a question and answer period. We invite you to attend and encourage you to reserve this date on your calendar.

The Very Reverend Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas is Dean of the Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary and Professor of Theology at Union. She also serves as the Canon Theologian at the Washington National Cathedral. The author of many articles and of five books, including Sexuality and the Black Church: A Womanist Perspective and Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God, Dean Douglas’ research focuses on womanist theology, sexuality, and the Black church.

The Peggy Ryan Williams Difficult Dialogues Symposium is named in honor of President Emerita Peggy Ryan Williams, an advocate for open discourse and a staunch defender of academic freedom and active, open inquiry.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact International Programs at or (607) 274-3306. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.

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