Rethinking Class in Intersectional Activism and Faith-Based Community Organizing

March 11, 2023, 11:00am–4:00pm Eastern Time

Continuing Critical Reflections on the Work of Norman K. Gottwald

This online seminar will continue discussions begun at the annual meeting of the Society for Biblical Literature in November 2022 on the effects that Dr. Norman Gottwald’s presidential address given at SBL 30 years ago, Social Class as an Analytic and Hermeneutical Category in Biblical Studies, has had on the role of class analysis in Biblical studies. The gathering will consist of seven prepared remarks (speakers noted below), interspersed by facilitated small group discussion.

The session is organized by the Wendland-Cook Program in Religion and Justice at Vanderbilt Divinity School and the Center and Library for the Bible and Social Justice.

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  • Joerg Rieger, Vanderbilt University & Wendland-Cook Program
  • Madipoane Masenya, University of South Africa
  • Gerald West, University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • Monica Melanchthon, University of Divinity
  • Stacy Davis, Saint Mary’s College
  • Gregory Cuellar, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary
  • Ched Myers, Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries


  • Ludwig Beethoven J. Noya, Vanderbilt University
  • Matthew J.M. Coomber, St. Ambrose University