Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Nossos Passos Vêm de Longe: Makota Valdina Pinto and Contemporary Afro-Brazilian Religious Activism

Poster for Rachel Harding talk

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

5:45pm – 7:00pm

McKinney Conference Room, 111 Thayer Street

Rachel Harding, Associate Professor of Indigenous Spiritual Traditions at University of Colorado Denver, will be speaking on: “Nossos Passos Vêm de Longe: Makota Valdina Pinto and Contemporary Afro-Brazilian Religious Activism.” The discussion will take place on April 6th at 5:45 in the McKinney Conference Room at the Watson Institute.

A native of Georgia, a writer, historian and poet, Rachel is a specialist in religions of the Afro-Atlantic diaspora and studies the relationship between religion, creativity and s­ocial justice activism in cross-cultural perspective. She is a Cave Canem Fellow and holds an MFA in creative writing from Brown University and a PhD in history from the University of Colorado Boulder. Dr. Harding is author of A Refuge in Thunder: Candomblé and Alternative Spaces of Blackness as well as numerous poems and essays. Rachel’s second book, Remnants: A Memoir of Spirit, Activism and Mothering, combines her own writings with the autobiographical reflections of her mother, Rosemarie Freeney Harding, on their family history and the role of compassion and spirituality in African American social justice organizing.

Rachel is an ebomi (elder initiate) in the Terreiro do Cobre Candomble community in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, where she has been a participant for over 20 years.

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies and Department of Africana Studies, with funding from Marshall Woods Lectureships Foundation of Fine Arts.

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