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Reverend Wright as Metaphor

Reverend Wright as Metaphor: Race and Ethnicity in the 2008 Democratic Primary Election will be the focus of a presentation by Dr. Lawrence J. Friedman, professor emeritus of history at Indiana University and visiting professor of the history of science at Harvard University.

Despite being in the vanguard in the battle for human rights, African American churches are often invisible or misunderstood, and some whites view the comments of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama’s former pastor, as sufficient reason to question Obama's judgment and patriotism. Others point to Obama as an example of America’s increasingly multi-religious, multi-ethnic and multi-racial identity.

During his presentation, Friedman suggests that one way to understand the national conversation about Obama and Wright is to re-visit Erik Erikson's concepts of psychosocial identity and identity crisis, which, despite an apparent decline in popularity, have not outlived their usefulness.

Reverend Wright as Metaphor is presented by the Department of Psychology, the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts and the Office of the Provost at Duquesne University. It is free and open to the public. Call 412.396.6520 or e-mail psychology@duq.edu for more information.

When: Wednesday, June 18, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Where: The Power Center Ballroom, Duquesne University, Forbes Avenue at Chatham Square

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