PHONE: (313) 593-5644
DATE: March 7, 2005
Author of The Holy Profane to discuss religion in black culture
DEARBORN---Teresa Reed, associate professor of music at the University
of Tulsa, will explore the tension between sacred and secular aspects
of African American culture during her lecture "Jesus Walks, Rocks
and Raps: God in the Devil's Music" at 6:10 p.m. Tuesday, March 15
in Room 1030 of the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters Building on
the University of Michigan-Dearborn campus.
The talk, which is free and open to the public, is the last in the series
"Religion and the Black Community," sponsored by UM-Dearborn's
African and African American Studies program and the Center for the Study
of Religion and Society.
A reception will follow Reed's talk, where she'll sign copies of her
book, The Holy Profane: Religion in Black Popular Music.
Using audio and visual resources, Reed's presentation will connect the
West African worldview to African American thought and show how the ostensibly
secular music of blacks has always conveyed religion expression, according
to humanities Prof. Deborah Smith Pollard, director of the African and
African American Studies Program at UM-Dearborn. A native of Gary, Ind.,
Reed earned her bachelor's degree at Valparaiso University, a master's
degree at the University of Tulsa and her doctorate in music theory, music
history and African-American studies at Indiana University.
Reed has been on faculty at the University of Tulsa since 1996, where
she served for nine years as the director of African-American studies
and has lectured on various aspects of African-American music, ranging
from the Negro spiritual to Hip Hop.
The Holy Profane was a 2004 winner of the Association for Recorded
Sound Collections' Excellence Award. Most recently, Reed was cited as
one of 10 standout scholars in the January 13 issue of Black Issues in
In addition to her work at the University of Tulsa, Reed teaches at Phillips
Theological Seminary and at the Barthelmes Conservatory Community Music
The University of Michigan-Dearborn does not necessarily endorse speakers views.