Tat-siong Benny Liew to Present “Crisis of (In)Visibility: Racial/Ethnic Minoritized Readings of the Bible”
Professor at the College of Holy Cross to speak Wednesday, Nov. 8 at The College of Wooster
WOOSTER, Ohio – Tat-siong Benny Liew, Class of 1956 Professor in New Testament Studies at the College of Holy Cross, will present “Crisis of (In)Visibility: Racial/Ethnic Minoritized Readings of the Bible” on Wednesday, Nov. 8, at The College of Wooster. Liew’s lecture is free and open to the public and begins at 7:30 p.m. in Lean Lecture Room of Wishart Hall (303 E. University St.). Light refreshments will be provided.
The presentation will focus on racial/ethnic minoritized groups coming to the Bible to claim their place and their particular perspectives of reading which are indebted to the path first opened up by African-American readers. One of the early reading strategies employed by African-American Bible scholars was to argue for black presence within the Bible that had previously been erased or covered over, however, both hypervisibility and invisibility can be problematic in struggles against racial/ethnic minoritization and marginalization, according to Liew. In his talk, Liew aims to consider how racial/ethnic minoritized biblical scholars may negotiate the dynamics of presence and absence to address what he calls a “crisis of (in)visibility.”
Liew is the author of “Politics of Parousia” and “What Is Asian-American Biblical Hermeneutics?”. In addition, he is the editor of the “Semeia” volume on “The Bible in Asian-America,” “Postcolonial Interventions,” “They Were All Together in One Place?,” and “Reading Ideologies.” He is currently serving as the executive editor of the journal, Biblical Interpretation, and series editor of the Sheffield Phoenix Guide to the New Testament. He is also a research associate of the Institute of Signifying Scripture at Claremont Graduate University and an external examiner for the educational programs of the Divinity School of Chung Chi College, Chinese University of Hong Kong. Liew has previously served as vice president for academic affairs and dean at the Pacific School of Religion.
Liew’s lecture is sponsored by the religious studies, classical studies, and Africana studies departments. For more information about the lecture contact Chan Sok Park by email or 330-253-2057.