Kathryn Lofton of Yale University will be discussing, “The Present Life of Blasphemy: Kanye West in American Popular Culture,” as part of the Annual Frederic C. Wood Lecture

Kathryn Lofton, professor of American Studies, Religious Studies, History and Divinity at Yale University, as part of the Annual Frederic C. Wood Lecture, will be discussing “The Present Life of Blasphemy: Kanye West in American Popular Culture.” The lecture, sponsored by the Department of Religion and co-sponsored by the departments of Media Studies, American Studies and Women’s Studies, will take place in Vassar College’s Taylor Hall.

The lecture will take place on October 10 at 5:30 pm.

Kanye West is known for many things, but perhaps most for his sacrilege. Throughout his ascent to fame, and his most recent Twitter feed, his particular brand of offense has found a place in this near secular age. Is West a self-hating misogynist of a sui generis artist— or both, or neither? Understanding Kanye West— placing his voice in the history of the African diaspora, American religious history, and pop culture prognostication— is essential to living in this era of controversy.

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Posted by Office of Communications Friday, September 21, 2018