Anthony B. Pinn
- Located in Houston, TX
- Harvard University PhD (1994)
- First African American to hold an Endowed Chair at Rice University
- Author/editor of 28 books - including several on humanism
- Director of research for the Institute for Humanist Studies
- Named the Harvard University Humanist Chaplaincy “Humanist of the Year" in 2006
- Received the African American Humanist Award from the Council for Secular Humanism in 1999
I completed my undergraduate degree (BA) at Columbia University, and I received the Master of Divinity degree from Harvard University Divinity School, as well as the MA and PhD from Harvard University in the study of religion. I taught at Macalester College (St. Paul, MN) before becoming the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and Professor of Religious Studies at Rice University. I am also the founding director of the Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning – a Center meant to foster creative partnerships between Rice and the larger Houston community that impact both the work of the University and the quality of life in Houston. Related to my research, I am the author/editor of twenty-six books, including By The Hands: A Documentary of African American Humanism (2001); African American Humanist Principles: Living and Thinking Like the Children of Nimrod (2004); and, The End of God-Talk: An African American Humanist Theology (2012).
2012 marked my twentieth anniversary as a humanist in thought and deed. And during these twenty-years I have made an effort to think and act consistently with the best of humanism. Both my personal humanism and my involvement with humanist organizations speak to my deep belief that humanists are uniquely positioned to provide productive approaches to public life that move away from theistically charged ideas and practices. In this way, humanists have the potential to decrease the damage done by the limitations of theism. Two things are necessary at this point: (1) more effective strategies for communicating the benefits of humanism, and (2) creative approaches to the application of humanism to the pressing issues of our times.
For more information, check out http://pinn.rice.edu.
I would enjoy speaking on the following topics:
- Diversity in the Humanist Movement
- African American Humanism
- Humanism and Popular Culture (particularly Hip Hop)
- Challenges Religion Poses for Public Life
- Religion in America: Promise and Pitfalls
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