Tag Archives: Religion & Spirituality

New @the SCL, Part 3: religious studies

As we conclude our tripartite series highlighting new arrivals currently up on display at the Stone Center Library, today’s list should especially appeal to religious scholars. Click on the links below for more information on each title, including summaries and current availability, or check out our previous posts in this series here and here.

Happy reading! Our display changes regularly, so be sure to come on by and check out what’s new @the SCL.

New @the SCL, Part 3: Hot Topics!

Today we close out our tripartite series on new books on display here at the Library with selections covering a range of hot topics: gender, religion, hip-hop, sex work, HBCUs, marriage, and more. To read more about each title, click the links below!

The Black Mega-Church: Theology, Gender, and the Politics of Public Engagement (Tamelyn N. Tucker-Worgs)

I Believe I’ll Testify: The Art of African American Preaching (Cleophus J. LaRue)

Wake Up: Hip-Hop Christianity and the Black Church (Cheryl Kirk-Duggan & Marlon Hall)

Masculinity in the Black Imagination: Politics of Communicating Race and Manhood (Edited by Ronald L. Jackson and Mark C. Hopson)

Novel Bondage: Slavery, Marriage, and Freedom in Nineteenth-century America (Tess Chakkalakal)

Is Marriage for White People? How the African American Marriage Decline Affects Everyone (Ralph Richard Banks)

Keepin’ It Hushed: The Barbership and African American Hush Harbor Rhetoric (Vorris L. Nunley)

I’ve Got to Make My Livin’: Black Women’s Sex Work in Turn-of-the-Century Chicago (Cynthia M. Blair)

America’s Historically Black Colleges & Universities: A Narrative history, 1837-2009 (Bobby L. Lovett)

In case you missed it, Parts 1 and 2 are available here and here. For those of you in the throes of classes and possibly starting to contemplate research projects, we hope these posts have given you some ideas. As always, our chat reference buddy name is StoneCenterRef, and Stone Center Librarian Shauna Collier (shauna[dot]collier[at]unc[dot]edu) is happy to take your reference questions. 

Happy Friday, y’all, and have a great weekend!

New @the SCL: family stories, personal journeys, and cultural migrations

Today’s post wraps up the last of the Stone Center Library’s new books currently on display.  Interested in topics such as migration, social history, and compelling family biographies?  Check out these titles, newly available @your Stone Center Library:

“Tim Brannigan tells of his time as a republican prisoner and his attempts to find the father who abandoned him.”

“Damn Near White is an insider’s portrait of an unusual American family. Readers will be drawn into Carolyn’s journey as she struggles to redefine herself in light of the long-buried secrets she uncovers. Tackling issues of class, color, and caste, Wilkins reflects on the changes of African American life in U.S. history through her dedicated search to discover her family’s powerful story.”

“This is Hirsi Ali’s intellectual coming-of-age, a memoir that conveys her philosophy as well as her experiences, and that also conveys an urgent message and mission—to inform the West of the extent of the threat from Islam, both from outside and from within our open societies. A celebration of free speech and democracy, Nomad is an important contribution to the history of ideas, but above all a rousing call to action.”

“Rutkoff (American studies) and Scott (history, both Kenyon College) place the 20th-century migration of African Americans from the US South north and west in the context of earlier migrations both inplace and in culture. Among their topics are leaving West Africa, Harlem as the negro capital of the world, blues pianos and tricky baseballs in Pittsburgh, Walkin’ Egypt in the Mississippi Delta, California dreaming in South Central Los Angeles, and three stories and a conclusion to close the circle.”

“This is the history of “the work and workers connected with the founding and development of Oak Hill Industrial Academy.” The academy was “established for the benefit of the Freedmen of the Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory, by the Presbyterian Church, U.S.”

“At the turn of the nineteenth century, James Vann, a Cherokee chief and entrepreneur, established Diamond Hill, the most famous plantation in the southeastern Cherokee Nation. In this first full-length study to reconstruct the history of the plantation, Tiya Miles tells the story of Diamond Hill’s founding, its flourishing, its takeover by white land-lottery winners on the eve of the Cherokee Removal, its decay, and ultimately its renovation in the 1950s.”


Believe it or not, this week’s highlights are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to new acquisitions here at the Library.  Please be sure to tune in tomorrow for this week’s Staff Pick. Happy Library Week, everyone!

National Library Week 2011: More of what’s new @the Stone Center Library

In honor of National Library Week, our coverage of new arrivals currently on display here at the library continues.  Today’s theme is religion:

“This phenomenological analysis of African American religious subjectivity suggests the tragic, understood as an ontological category, as the seminal hermeneutical lens through which one can deepen one’s understanding of the experience and its theological implications.”

“The author provides background information on traditional black churches and today’s black megachurches and explores the influences of the former on the empowering socialization educational tactics employed in megachurch congregations.”

“For AIDS scholars, researchers, and community activists, Harris (sociology, California State U., Fullerton) draws from her dissertation research and fieldwork to describe AIDS activism in black churches in New York City, the formation of the black church AIDS movement, and the organizational development and marketing and education strategies of The Balm In Gilead.”

In America after the Civil War, the emancipation of four million slaves and the explosion of Chinese immigration fundamentally challenged traditional ideas about who belonged in the national polity. As Americans struggled to redefine citizenship in the United States, the “Negro Problem” and the “Chinese Question” dominated the debate. . . The book further explores how blacks and Chinese reimagined the evangelical nationalist project to suit their own needs and hopes. Historian Derek Chang brings together for the first time African American and Chinese American religious histories through a multitiered local, regional, national, and even transnational analysis of race, nationalism, and evangelical thought and practice.”

“This book explores the legacy of slavery in Black theological terms. Challenging the dominant approaches to the history and legacy of slavery in the British Empire, the contributors show that although the 1807 act abolished the slave trade, it did not end racism, notions of White supremacy, or the demonization of Blackness, Black people and Africa.”

“Touching on issues of slavery, geography, Native American history, Jewish-Christian relations, literacy, and translation, he brilliantly exposes how the loss of land and the supersessionist ideas behind the Christian missionary movement are both deeply implicated in the invention of race.”

“This book follows the extraordinary career of Dwight York, who in his teens started out in a New York street gang, but converted to Islam in prison. Emerging as a Black messiah, York proceeded to break the Paleman’s “spell of Kingu” and to guide his people through a series of racial/religious identities that demanded dramatic changes in costume, gender roles and lifestyle.”

“Beginning with King’s roots in Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church, Baldwin traces the evolution of King’s attitude toward the church through his college, seminary, graduate school, and civil rights years. The emphasis is on King’s concept of the church as “the voice of conscience.” . . Baldwin critiques the contemporary church on the basis of King’s prophetic model, and concludes by insisting that this model, not the entrepreneurial spirituality of the contemporary megachurches, embodies the best potential for much-needed church renewal.”

“The changes to U.S. immigration law that were instituted in 1965 have led to an influx of West African immigrants to New York, creating an enclave Harlem residents now call ”Little Africa.” These immigrants are immediately recognizable as African in their wide-sleeved robes and tasseled hats, but most native-born members of the community are unaware of the crucial role Islam plays in immigrants’ lives.”

Interested in learning more?  Don’t forget the Stone Center Library Guide to the Web, which  includes a section on Church Life, found within the category of Society and Government

Coming tomorrow: our series concludes with a look at new selections having to do with themes of community, migration, identity, and heritage.  Stay tuned!

Women’s History Month + new books display, part 1

Last week, we posted a list of new book titles currently on display near the library entrance.  Today and next week, we’ll be highlighting our in-library display, which this month features new arrivals related to women’s history across a variety of genres and topics.

March is Women’s History Month and this year’s theme is “our history is our strength.”  What better way to learn more about women’s history, achievements, and current challenges than turning to some more of the Stone Center Library’s new acquisitions?  Come check us out!

Happy Mardi Gras Day! A sampling of SCL resources on New Orleans culture.

Whether you call it Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, or simply Carnival, the Stone Center Library has plenty of resources for those of you interested in learning more about New Orleans culture on this widespread day of celebration.  For instance, check out the following titles:

This list is just a sampling of the Library’s offerings.  If you’re interested in further research, we’re happy to help – just come by our reference desk (library hours are posted here), chat with us online (buddy name: StoneCenterRef), or contact us via phone or email!  The Stone Center Library is located on the third floor of the Stone Center in Room 310. The Stone Center is adjacent to the Bell Tower and near the Coker Science Complex.

 Laissez les bons temps rouler!