'Sojourner Truth and Formation of African American Woman’s Voice'

5:00pm - 6:00pm / Tuesday 26th April 2016 / Venue: Seminar Room 6, Ground Floor Rendall Building
Type: Seminar / Category: Research / Series: Centre for the Study of International Slavery
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  • Suitable for: Anyone with an interest in the seminar topic.
  • Admission: Free of charge.
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The speaker is Professor Carolyn Jones Medine (University of Georgia).


Sojourner Truth is an icon in African American history and culture. Yet this poor, black, non-literate woman would have disappeared from public view except for others who recorded her life and voice. This presentation will examine the issue of multi-vocality in the case of Sojourner Truth’s life and public image, focusing on her narrative and “Book of Life,” as well as photographs.

Speaker biography:

Carolyn Jones Medine is Professor in the Religion Department and in the Institute for African American Studies. She completed her PhD at the University of Virginia in 1991, working with the late Professor Nathan A. Scott, Jr. Dr. Medine taught at Louisiana State University from 1989-2000, when she came to the University of Georgia. She is the Religion Department Graduate Coordinator, and she is also affiliate faculty with Women's Studies. She has directed numerous thesis papers and one dissertation. Dr. Medine's research interests are in Southern American literature and religion, with an emphasis on women's literature and on theories of religion, focusing on postmodern and postcolonial theory. She has one co-edited book, 'Teaching African American Religions', with Theodore Trost (Oxford University Press) and has written numerous articles.