Action Speaks is very excited to welcome Judith Casselberry to our Pentecostalism panel on October 17th. Judith is an Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at Bowdoin College where she teaches courses on African American religious, cultural and gender studies. She also holds a Ph.D. from Yale University in African American Studies and Anthropology and is currently working on a project that examines the transnational Pentecostal roots within international musician, Grace Jones and the imprint on her performance aesthetics and identity.
No only is Judith an accomplished academic, but she is also a talented musician sharing stages with Odetta, Etta James, Stevie Wonder, Jimmy Cliff and Elvis Costello. Singing and guitar provide Judith with a wonderfully interesting link between her research on Pentecostalism and it’s deep musical roots.
Recently, Judith has been involved in many multimedia projects. She is the Executive Producer of The Amazon 35 Project, a documentary on the political and cultural movement surrounding women of color and their allies within the lesbian feminist movement at the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival. She also serves as a consultant on the newly released documentary, The New Black, which uncovers the complicated relationship between African Americans, the black church and the LGBT community.
For more, check out a video presentation at Harvard Divinity School of her current ethnography, Justified by Works: Gender, Faith, and Power in Black Apostolic Pentecostalism.