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JLL Sunday Salon with Dr. Alex Nava via Zoom

Sunday, December 6, 2020 20 Kislev 5781

2:00 PM - 4:00 PMZoom
December 6, 2020
Dr. Alex Nava
Racial Injustice, the Torah and Hip-Hop
This discussion explores the fascinating affinities between the oral recitation and chanting of the Scriptures, the tradition of rhapsody in Greek and Roman poetics, and contemporary hip-hop. Most Scriptures, even those outside of Judaism and Christianity, were chanted and even sung in the ancient world. Hip-hop represents a return to the oral poetics of ancient religious cultures—and addresses very current issues of racial and economic injustice.
Dr. Alex Nava is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Arizona. His teaching includes courses on Love and World Religions, The Question of God, Rap, Culture and God, and Religion in Latin America.  He is author of The Mystical and Prophetic Thought of Simone Weil and Gustavo Gutiérrez, Wonder and Exile in the New World, and In Search of Soul: Hip-Hop, Literature and Religion.


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