Longing for Mayberry: How Cultural Ideals Serve as Weapons of Exclusion
Reggie L. Williams, PhD

Professor of Christian Ethics
McCormack Theological Seminary

Co-presented with

Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation

Wednesday, February 9, 2022 - 11:45am
Online and in-person at Rosary Chapel
Free, Registration Required

Historically, talk of an ideal community includes stated, or unstated, reference to ideal neighbors, ideal people for an ideal community. Such talk includes appeals to nostalgia, as seen in the fictional idyllic 1960s television town of Mayberry. The ideals look innocent on the surface, but they are arranged according to a cultural template that actually gives license to exclude and to do harm to people who do not resemble the template.  Reggie Williams is Professor of Christian ethics at McCormick Theological Seminary, in Chicago, Illinois. He does work at the intersection of black theology, blackness studies, aesthetics, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer studies.

Co-presented with Truth Racial Healing and Transformation