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Sociologist to speak on black denominations, Dec. 13

Omar McRoberts, assistant professor of sociology at the University of Chicago, will speak on "State 'Regulation' of Religion and the Art of Bonsai: Black Denominations in the New Deal Era" at noon Monday, Dec. 13, in 307 Frist Campus Center on the Princeton University campus.

The lecture is co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religion and the Program in African American Studies .

McRoberts is conducting a study of black religious responses to, and influences on, social welfare policy since the New Deal, culminating with President Bush's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. McRoberts is also initiating an ethnographic project on cultures of death and dying among black congregations in low-income urban contexts.

His first book, "Streets of Glory: Church and Community in a Black Urban Neighborhood," is based on an ethnographic study of religious life in Four Corners, a poor, predominantly black neighborhood in Boston containing 29 congregations. It explains the high concentration, wide variety and ambiguous social impact of religious activity in the neighborhood.

Contact: Eric Quinones (609) 258-3601

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