College of Arts and Sciences

Terrence Johnson

Native Tongue Lectures

"Crisis of the Soul: Reflections on Death, Memory, and Religion in Toni Morrison’s Beloved"

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Terrence L. Johnson
Assistant Professor of Religion
Haverford College

Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Liberal Arts Building, Room 159
7:00 p.m.
Hosts: College of Arts and Sciences, Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, and Department of Philosophy


Terrence L. Johnson is an assistant professor of religion at Haverford College, a private liberal arts college outside of Philadelphia. He teaches religion, ethics, and politics.

Johnson is the author of the forthcoming book, Tragic Soul-Life: W.E.B. DuBois and the Moral Crisis Facing American Democracy. The book retrieves W.E.B. DuBois’s moral imagination to explore the proper role of religion in American public life. Johnson, who earned a Ph.D. from Brown University and a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School, is the winner of awards including the Woodrow Wilson Foundation’s Charlotte W. Newcombe Dissertation Fellowship and the Fund for Theological Education Fellowship.

Before Johnson pursued graduate school, he spent several years working in print journalism. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in English from Morehouse College in 1993, he covered banking, personal finance, and emerging small businesses for the Dayton Daily News, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, and Black Enterprise magazine.

The Fort Wayne native and Paul Harding High School graduate is a founding member of the Fort Wayne Urban League’s ATOM (African American Teens on the Move). The social and cultural support group exposed Fort Wayne youth to a wide range of college and career opportunities. Most of the ATOM members from 1987–1993 attended and graduated from college.

Johnson, his wife, and daughter live in Philadelphia.