Brown Bag lunch addresses issues of gender, race, and faith in first seminar

KNOXVILLE- On Monday from 11:30-12:30 p.m. Johnson University professors Jason Mead, Dr. Jamey Gorman, and Dr. April Kilinski, led a seminar starting the Faculty Brown Bag Series on ‘Women of Faith in History.’

Professors Gorman, Kilinski, and Mead address the audience

The professors have created a three part seminar on the correlation between gender, race, and faith during the time of the U.S. Constitution.

Dr. Gorman initiated the discussion on gender. He explained how a documented argument between John and Abigail Adams helped spark societal attention on gender equality and women’s rights.

Dr. Kilinski debriefed the ‘Ain’t I a Woman?’ speech by Sojourner Truth.

Dr. Kilinski emphasized three topics in Truth’s speech. Namely, that women have intellect, that God approves of women because Christ was born from a woman without the influence of a man, and finally that, though Eve helped bring sin into the world, women now play a role in helping to remove sin.

Mead discussed the struggle gender, race, and faith were for people during the civil war. He touched on the amendments, especially the 13th and 14th, and used specific stories to describe how important they were to Americans.

During the Q&A period Dr. Gorman answered questions concerning gender equality.

“Culturally constructed gender is an extraordinary thing to look at,” he said.

The professors ended the seminar with the promise of more meetings to come.

Sojourner Truth’s “Ain’t I a Woman?” speech can be read here.

Students interested in attending the next seminar should look for updates on JUTN’s social media and Chapel announcement videos.

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