Khyati Joshi

Khyati Joshi - Panelist on Race & Religion At Yale University (September 2013)

Dr. Joshi was an invited panelist for “Preparing for 2050: The changing face of Race in America.” at the International Festival of Arts and Ideas at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. All the panelists were contributors to a recent special issue Yale School of Divinity’s Journal Reflections focused on the “The Future of Race.”
The program is available to view on C-SPAN and iTunes.

The panel considered the increasingly diverse and multi-cultural society of the United States, and panelists were asked to predict the future and comment on what race would like in the year 2050. “Even when White folks become a numerical minority in about 2050, that won’t erase the 274 years of White privilege and White normativity embedded in our laws and public policies. Rather than buy into fears of a less-White America, let’s use this moment to start a conversation on ‘Race 2.0’ – recognizing that too many of our institutional and social norms still reflect yesterday’s demographics and prejudices,” Professor Joshi remarked during the discussion.

Other panelists included Aracelis Vazquez Haye, assistant pastor of the Primera Iglesia Bautitsa Hispana de New London who also serves as the Protestant Chaplain at Connecticut College; Dr. Frederick J. Streets, Senior Pastor of the Dixwell Avenue Congregational United Church of Christ in New Haven, who earlier served for 15 years as Chaplain of Yale University and Senior Pastor of the Church of Christ in Yale as the first African American and Baptist to hold this position; Tisa Wenger, Assistant Professor of American Religious History at the Yale Divinity School; and moderator Harlon Dalton, Priest-in-Charge at Christ Church Cathedral in Hartford and the author of the book Racial Healing. Dr. Joshi is the author of the book New Roots in America’s Sacred Ground: Religion, Race, and Ethnicity in Indian America, co-editor of the collections Asian Americans Down South and Understanding Religious Oppression and Christian Privilege, and has written numerous book chapters and articles on race, immigration, and religion.

2013 is the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, and the 50th anniversary of both the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. The International Festival of Arts & Ideas is a 15-day festival of performing arts, lectures, and conversations that celebrates the greatest artists and thinkers from around the world. Each June, the Festival takes over the theaters, open spaces, and courtyards of New Haven, Connecticut with performances and dialogues that tickle the senses, engage the mind, and inspire the soul.