- Baha’is abstain from food and drink between sunrise and sunset for 19 days. While this abstention from food and drink is a test of one’s will and discipline, the Fast is not just about abstaining from food. The Fast is, primarily, a spiritual practice.
“Beautiful Struggle: Understanding Racism and Transforming Words Into Deeds” is a talk delivered by Dr. Ruha Benjamin at the Association for Baha’i Studies Conference in Orange County, California in August 2017. Dr. Benjamin is a scholar and teacher who writes and speaks widely about science and technology, race and inequality. She is an associate professor in African American Studies at Princeton University, where she studies the social dimensions of science and technology, race-ethnicity and health, knowledge and power.
In this talk, Dr. Ruha Benjamin shares how we can figure out what our role is, how we can understand the ways through which we see the world, and how we can share an understanding of reality through a lens of social science and a lens of spiritual wisdom. Throughout her discourse, she speaks about personal struggles and collective struggles to courageously impart the nobility of humanity.
This talk was filmed at the Association for Baha’i Studies Conference in Orange County, California in August 2017.
The Association for Baha’i Studies (ABS) promotes the advanced study of the Baha’i Faith and its application to the needs of humanity, it holds an annual conference and sponsors seminars and symposia, engaging participants from all over North America. It publishes a peer-reviewed journal, ‘The Journal of Baha’i Studies’, occasional books and monographs, as well as other publications. It is also engaged in a number of initiatives to advance Baha’i studies among students and young adults and to stimulate broader interest in Baha’i studies.
You can also listen to an audio version of a similar version of this talk given at the Santa Monica Baha’i Center here on Baha’i Blog’s Soundcloud page:
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