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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.
Her book, The Holy Profane: Religion in Black Popular Music, has received favorable reviews and citations in several national publications, including Publisher's Weekly, Choice, and Vibe Magazine.

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 Higher Education.

In addition to her work at the University of Tulsa, Reed teaches at Phillips Theological Seminary and at the Barthelmes Conservatory Community Music School.


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