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Pruit Symposium

The Pruit Memorial Symposium at Baylor University brings the perspectives of the Christian intellectual tradition on contemporary issues of common concern. Through the articulation of differing views within the realm of Christian understanding, Baylor aspires to be a locus for a distinctly Protestant and Christian world view that is true to the best thoughts in the Baptist tradition.

The 2017 Pruit Symposium returns to the theme of black gospel music with "Singing the Sermon: When the Message and Music Matter," featuring two keynote presentations:

“From Spirituals to Blood Songs: Remembering Tradition and
Deliverance through Gospel Performance”
Melvin Butler, Associate Professor of Musicology at University of Miami
Thursday, October 5 | 11:15 a.m.

"A Theology of African American Sacred Song and Liberation"
Stephen Newby, Associate Professor of Music at Seattle Pacific University
Friday, October 6 | 12:30 p.m.

Additional presenters include Deborah Pollard-Smith, Terri Brinegar, Coretta Pittman, Jerry Zolten, and Laura Nash with Andrew Virdin. Click here for a complete schedule of events and presentations.