Rev Dr Christopher Carter
My teaching, research, and activist interests are in Black, Womanist, and Environmental ethics, with a particular focus on race, food, and nonhuman animals. My academic publications include The Spirit of Soul Food (University of Illinois Press, forthcoming), and “Blood in the Soil: The Racial, Racist, and Religious Dimensions of Environmentalism” in The Bloomsbury Handbook on Religion and Nature (Bloomsbury, 2018).
The passion that informs all of my work evolves out of my family's struggle to break free from the chains of poverty and systematic racism. The education I have received, both formal and informal, equipped me to flourish in spaces that were not always welcoming to my presence. In this way, similar to bell hooks, I believe that education is the practice of freedom. At its broadest level, all learning should be transformational: it should transform how we view ourselves, our neighbors, and our worlds.
Dr Seth Schoen
My research and teaching interests are in contemplative and spiritual practices, especially the cultivation of compassion. I am committed to educating people about the power of compassion and the way that race and racism impact our worlds, from the macro structures that organize our society to the micro structures that permeate our relationships and structure our minds and bodies. I understand anti-racism as a process of spiritual formation. Offering tools for people to create a foundation of compassion that fuels an anti-racist way of life energizes and motivates my research and personal interests. I enjoy being part of compassion-based processes in which people gain insights about themselves and others.