Despite their hopes and aspirations for the future, too many African American young men are still being rendered mute and invisible by society, says Candler's Gregory Ellison. His new book, Cut Dead But Still Alive: Caring for African American Young Men, (Abingdon Press, 2013) is a call for action and a blueprint for response.
In describing the plight of African American young men, Ellison used a 19th century phrase, "cut dead," an expression from the writings of psychologist William James that touches on the idea of humans as social beings.
"James asserted that it would be a cruel and fiendish punishment for any person to go unnoticed or unseen, to be made invisible," says Ellison, assistant professor of pastoral care and counseling. "James recognized that people would rather be tortured than to be 'cut dead'--deliberately ignored or snubbed completely.
Candler’s Ted Smith, assistant professor of teaching and ethics, will a deliver a keynote address at the University of Virginia’s annual Spring Institute in Lived Theology, May 22-24. Smith’s address, “Eschatalogical Memories of Everyday Life,” is slated for Thursday, May 23.
Bright blue skies shone down on Emory's 168th Commencement as the Class of 2013, their family and friends celebrated their graduation. The university awarded more than 4,100 degrees on the day, and Candler conferred 150 of them. Photo by Cindy Brown