Down to Earth Lunch Series feat. Christina C. Davidson, PhD Candidate, History
Wednesday, September 28th, 12:30-1:30pm (Free lunch provided).
Location: Center for Multicultural Affairs (La Casa), Bryan Center
FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/308018842907930/
On Wednesday, September 28th, I had the pleasure of speaking to Duke students at the Center for Multi-cultural Affairs luncheon, where I presented my research on Protestantism in the Dominican Republic. The subject of the talk, "The Dominican Protestants: Nationalism and the African Diaspora," drew from my third dissertation chapter.
I loved the opportunity to share my research with students. I felt most inspired during the question and answer session when I had the chance to expand upon the ideas I had presented and speak more generally about the influence of the Protestant church in the Spanish Caribbean and Latin America. I noticed that there was a thirst for information. A few Duke Divinity students who attended explained that the curriculum included Black Church Studies, but did not include much information on the history of Protestantism in Latin America, or the connections between the Black Church and the Latino Church in the United States. Another student requested more information in order to draw connections between American missionary work in China and Latin America. The need for more information on Protestant history in the Spanish Caribbean is acute, and I am happy to be a part of the growing discussion.
Comments from those who attended:
On behalf of the CMA, I want to thank you for participating in our Down to Earth Lunch series! Your research on Protestantism in DR piqued the interest and curiosity of many who attended. We wish you nothing but the best as you continue your work. Thank you once again for taking the time to present.
Thanks for your patient answering my questions after your lecture. Would you please send me more information on this topic? Although my research focuses on Christianity in East Asia...I would be glad to know more about the development of world Christianity in the other areas in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Many thanks.