Luther College Religion Forum: 'Colonial Differencing: The Untold Story'

Luther's R. S. Wafula to lecture March 9
Drawing from his 2016 book, "Knowledge Activism Beyond Theory: A Worldwide Call to Action," R.S. Wafula, Luther College visiting assistant professor of religion, will give a lecture titled, "Colonial Differencing: The Untold Story." The lecture, part of Luther's Religion Forum series, will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 9, in the Recital Hall of the Center for Faith and Life on Luther's campus.

A reception will follow Wafula's talk; both events are open to the public with no charge for admission.

In his talk, Wafula will discuss colonial narratives of the past 500 years and how they have contributed to unassailable epistemological racism. He will argue that, while promoters of this racism set out place themselves in a superior epistemological position and lower the so-called "Others" to that of an inferior status, their efforts to do so have produced the opposite effect. The effect of this, according to Wafula, is that all are marginalized. In his lecture, he will propose a global solution that is inclusive to people of all racial identities.

In addition to his appointment at Luther, Wafula is vice president of the nonprofit Postcolonial Networks and managing editor of Borderless Press. He is an active minister with the Christian Reformed Church in North America.

Co-authored with Joseph Duggan, Wafula's book, "Knowledge Activism Beyond Theory: A Worldwide Call to Action," was published in 2016.

Wafula holds a Bachelor of Divinity from St. Paul's Theological Seminary, a Master of Theological Studies from Eden Theological Seminary, a Master of Theology from Westminster Theological Seminary, a Master of Philosophy and a Doctor of Philosophy from Drew University.

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