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Josef Sorett


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Josef Sorett is professor of religion and African American and African diaspora studies at Columbia University, where he is also chair of the Department of Religion and directs the Center on African-American Religion, Sexual Politics, and Social Justice. His first book, Spirit in the Dark: A Religious History of Racial Aesthetics (2016), illumines how religion has figured in debates about Black art and culture across the twentieth century. He co-curated a Berkley Forum on "The Black Church in American Public Life," published in April 2021.

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