curriculum vitae

 

Patrick Neal Minges

1045 Evans Rd.

King, N.C. 27021

email@patrickminges.info

(336) 994-2494

http://patrickminges.info

 

 

EDUCATION

 

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA, Charlottesville, VA

Educational Specialist Degree in Instructional Technology conferred in May 2009

Methodological concentration in interactive technology with a focus on digital history and scholarly technology.

 

UNION THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY, New York, N.Y.

Master of Philosophy conferred in 1994, Ph.D. in Religious History conferred in May 1999

Methodological concentration in Religious History; primary focus upon Religions of the Americas, with specializations in Native American Religions, African-American Religions, Cross Cultural Studies.

 

Dissertation:  “The Keetoowah Society and the Avocation of Religious Nationalism within the Cherokee Nation 1855-1867.”

Published by Routledge Press as Slavery in the Cherokee Nation: The Keetoowah Society and the Defining of a People 1855-1867

 

This dissertation argues that radical changes within Cherokee society as a result of the civilization program of the federal government created social and political tensions that erupted into Civil War in the mid nineteenth century. At the core of this rupture was the abandonment of traditional Cherokee cultural and religious practices by an elite minority in order to pursue acculturation to Euro-American values including chattel slavery. A resistance movement entitled the Keetoowah Society formed within the Baptist churches and sought to preserve Cherokee traditional values of harmony, inclusiveness, cooperation, and collectivization. As the Baptist churches were historically composed of both Africans and Indians, the Keetoowah Society’s commitment to the abolition of slavery led to a militant response to the Cherokee Nation’s alliance with the Confederacy. As much as the Civil War was a defining moment in the identity of Cherokee Nation, the role of the Keetoowah Society in that struggle to define Cherokee identity is critical to understanding Cherokee history.  

 

Dissertation Advisor(s): Dr. James M. Washington, Dr. Rosemary Skinner Keller.

Dissertation Committee: Dr. Delores Williams, Dr. Judith Weisenfeld, Dr. Michael Harris.

 

Comprehensive Examination Areas:

Paper:  “Evangelism and Enslavement: Protestant and Catholic Missions to the Native

American"  – Union Theological Seminary

Exams: Religious Theory and Method – Columbia University

            History of Western Religious Traditions – Columbia University

            Eastern Religion – Columbia University

Reformation Christianity – Union Theological Seminary

Modern and American Church History – Union Theological Seminary

Southern Folk Religion and Popular Culture – Union Theological Seminary

Christianity and Reform in the Nineteenth Century – Union Theological Seminary

 

 

 

 

 

UNION THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY, New York, NY

COLUMBIA TEACHERS COLLEGE, New York, NY

Master of Sacred Theology conferred in May 1990.

                Master’s Thesis: "Paradigms for Understanding of the Religious Experience"

                Thesis Advisor: Dr. Thomas Driver, Dr. Douglas Sloan

                Academic Concentration in Religion and Education

 

UNION THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY, New York, NY

Master of Divinity conferred in May 1989.

                Master’s Thesis: "Lost Tribes in the New World: Native Americans and Colonial Millennialism"

                Thesis Advisor: Dr. James Melvin Washington, Dr. George Landes

                Academic Concentration in Religious History

 

EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY, Greenville, N.C.

Master of Education conferred in May 1980.

                Master’s Thesis: "Jean Jacques Rousseau’s Emile as a theory and model for Counseling"

                Thesis Advisor: Dr. Florence Weaver

                Academic Concentration in Counselor Education

 

EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY, Greenville, N.C.

Bachelor of Arts conferred in May1977.

                Advisor: Dr. Larry Means

                Academic Concentration in Organizational Psychology; Minor in Sociology

 

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

1997- 2003                  Director of Publications, Human Rights Watch, New York, N.Y.

Summer 1997              Consultant, National Council of Churches - Division of Urban Ministry, N.Y. N.Y.

1995-1996                   Research Assistant - Womanist Project -Union Theological Seminary N.Y. N.Y.

1986-1997                             Publications Officer, Amnesty International, New York, N.Y.

1992-1996                   Editor, Union Seminary Quarterly Review, N.Y. N.Y.

1989-90                                   Research Assistant, Professor James M. Washington, New York, N.Y.

 

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

 

2011 – Present                        CIS Instructor, Forsyth Technical Community College, Winston Salem, N.C. 

2009 – Present                        Teacher, Stokes Early College, Walnut Cove, N.C.

2004 – 2009                Teacher, Davidson Early College, Lexington, N.C.

2003 – 2009                Adjunct Professor, Union Institute and University, Cincinnati, OH

2003 – 2004                Teacher, Southeastern Alternative School, Calverton, VA

Fall 1996                     Teaching Assistant, “Modern and American Church History,"

                                    Union Theological Seminary in New York, New York, N.Y.

Fall 1994                     Teaching Assistant, "Modern and American Church History,"

Spring 1995                 Teaching Assistant, “Medieval and Reformation Church History," 

Spring 1992                 Teaching Assistant, "The Quest for an American Public Theodicy,"

1982-86                       Teacher/Counselor, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, Charlotte N.C.              

1980-81                                   ESAA Counselor, Marlboro County Schools, Teacher, Bennettsville, S.C.

1977-80                                   Teacher, Greenville City Schools, Greenville, N.C.

 

 


PUBLICATIONS

 

“Captive or Captivated: Rethinking Encounters in Early Colonial America” in Native Americans: Putting

Adoption, Captivity and Slavery in Context, Hampshire, U.K: Palgrave Press, 2011

Far More Terrible for Women: Personal Accounts of Women in Slavery (Real Voices, Real History),

published by John F. Blair Publishers, Winston Salem, N.C., October, 2006.  

“Aframerindian Religion,” in The Encyclopedia of Women’s Religion in America, edited by Rosemary Keller and Rosemary Ruether, published by Indiana University Press, April, 2006.

 The Black Indian Slave Narratives, published by John F. Blair Publishers, Winston Salem, N.C., June          2004.

 “The Spread of Freemasonry among the American Indians of the United States,” The Proceedings of the  

Ohio Lodge of Research, March, 2004.

 “Aframerindian Religion,” Union Seminary Quarterly Review, (Volume 57:3-4), 2003.

Slavery in the Cherokee Nation: The Keetoowah Society and the Defining of a People 1855-1867

(Studies in African American History and Culture) Published by Routledge Press, June, 2003.

 “Beneath the Underdog: Race, Religion, and the Trail of Tears,” American Indian Quarterly, Volume 25, No. 2 (Summer), University Nebraska Press.

“Living Together In A Sacred Place: The Role of Silver Bluff, South Carolina, in Our Collective Religious Experience,” Electronic Magazine of Multicultural Education, Fall 2001  Vol. 3, No. 2.

Aframerindian Slave Narratives Web Project [http://bellsouthpwp.net/g/o/goodoowah/afram/], “Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938,” Related Resources, American Memory, The Library of Congress.

"Red, White, and Black in the Old South,” Appalachian Quarterly, Winter 1999.

“ 'all my Slaves, whether Negroes, Indians, Mustees, Or Molattoes:' Towards a Thick Description of

`Slave Religion’,” American Religious Experience, August 1999.

“`I am Keetoowah's Son’: Cherokee Nationalism          and the Civil War,” “HAKO: Incontro con le culture magico visionarie," Fall 1999.

“`His brother, and not his slave’            The Beloved Community in the Cherokee Nation,” Journal of African American History and Genealogy, Fall 1999.

Review of The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian         Church, Union Seminary Quarterly Review

 (Volume 50:3-4), 1997.

“The Keetoowah Society in Cherokee History,” Cherokee Messenger, March 1997.

“Apocalypse Now: The Realized Eschatology of the Christian Identity Movement,” Disinformation,

            February 1997, E-space Exhibition – Razorfish Subnetwork, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art,

            San Francisco, CA.

Review of Religious Melancholy and Protestant Experience in America by Julius H. Rubin, Journal of Religion

and Health 1996.

“Apocalypse Now: The Realized Eschatology of the Christian Identity Movement.” Union Seminary Quarterly Review, (Volume 49:1-2), 1995.

Theology and the Practice of Responsibility: Essays on Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Contributing Editor, trinity Press

International, 1994.

Review of That Godless Court?: Supreme Court Decisions on Church-State Relationships by Ronald B.

Flowers, Journal of Religion and Health 1995.

 

 

PRESENTATIONS

 

“Evangelism and Enslavement: The Relationship between the Missionary Enterprise and the Colonial One.” Adoption, Captivity and Slavery: Changing Meanings in Early Colonial America Conference, British Museum, London, U.K., February 17-18, 2008.

“ ‘A Great Gathering of Wondering;’ The Spiritual Intersections of Indigenous and African Persons in the Early Baptist Church,” The First and the Forced”: Indigenous and African American Intersections, University of Kansas, November 10, 2006

“The Society for the Propagation of the Gospel and Its Mission to Indian and Negro Slaves,” Symposium: Black Indians: The Intersecting Histories and Cultures of Native Americans and African Americans, American Society for Ethnohistory Annual Meeting, Williamsburg, VA, Nov. 3, 2006

“Voices from the Underside of History: Women in the Slave Narratives”  Africans in the Americas Conference, State University of New York at Potsdam,  Oct. 27-28, 2005.

Plenary Speaker, “"Learning to Hear the Stories VI: Listening in the Borderlands," Shifting Borders of Race and Identity,” University of Kansas, March 17-19, 2005

Break out Workshop leader, “Shifting Borders of Race and Identity,” University of Kansas, March 17-19, 2005

Black Indian Slave Narratives, Interview with Patrick Minges, Al Hope, WKHP Radio, Asheville, N.C.,

            July 2004

Black Indian Slave Narratives, Interview with Patrick Minges, Pete Davis, WDNC Radio, Chapel Hill, N.C.,    July 2004

Black Indian Slave Narratives, Interview with Patrick Minges, Jane Foy, WINA Radio, Charlottesville, VA,     July 2004

Black Indian Slave Narratives, Interview with Patrick Minges, Ellen Pfirrmann, WNCW Radio, Spindale,        N.C., July 2004

Black Indian Slave Narratives, Interview with Patrick Minges, Steve Pardon, WDBJ TV, Roanoke, VA,

July 2004

Black Indian Slave Narratives, Interview with Patrick Minges, Seth Williamson, WVTF Radio, Roanoke,        VA, July 2004

Black Indian Slave Narratives, Interview with Patrick Minges, Janet Johnson, WKPT Radio, Kingsport,          Tenn, July 2004

Black Indian Slave Narratives, Interview with Patrick Minges, Joe Milner, WCYB TV, Bristol, VA,

            July 2004

Black Indian Slave Narratives, Interview with Patrick Minges, Jeff Styles, WGOW Radio, Chattanooga,          Tenn, July 2004

Black Indian Slave Narratives, Interview with Patrick Minges, Joy Crump, WAGA TV, Atlanta, GA,

            July 2004

Black Indian Slave Narratives, Interview with Patrick Minges, Bruce Ferrell, North Carolina News

Network, Raleigh, N.C., July 2004

Black Indian Slave Narratives, Interview with Patrick Minges, Martha Bishop, Down East Today, Kinston,      N.C., July 2004

Black Indian Slave Narratives, Interview with Patrick Minges, Erin Depoix, WCTI TV, New Bern,

N.C., July, 2004

“The Spread of Freemasonry among the American Indians of the United States,” Annual Meeting of the

Ohio Lodge of Research, January, 2004, Columbus, Ohio.

“ ‘No Negro blood runs through his veins…’ American Indian Stories from the Slave Narratives. 

Southern Historical Association Annual Meeting, November 2002, Baltimore, Maryland.

“Blacks and Indians in the United States,” Interview with Patrick Minges, Earthwatch, Robert Knight, WBAI – New York, N.Y., December 2001.

“Exploring the Future and Legacy of Black/Indian Relations,” Roundtable Discussion, Wilma Mankiller,

Moderator, National Congress of American Indians Annual Session, Minneapolis, Minnesota,

November 2000.

“Living Together in a Sacred Place: The Role of Silver Bluff, S.C. in Our Collective Religious

Experience,” ’Eating Out of the Same Pot:’ Relating Black and Native (Hi)stories A Cross-Cultural Symposium, Dartmouth College, March 2000.

“ ‘all my Slaves, whether Negroes, Indians, Mustees, Or Molattoes,’ Towards a Thick Description of

‘Slave Religion' “ Afro-American Religions Section, Annual Meeting, American Academy Religion,

Boston, MA, Nov. 1999.

"I am Keetoowah's Son:" Cherokee Nationalism and the Civil War, Native Religious Traditions Section,       Annual Meeting, American Academy Religion, Philadelphia, PA, Nov. 1995.

“The Keetoowah Society in Cherokee History, Robert T. Handy Seminar, Union Theological Seminary,

             February 1995. 

“Beneath the Underdog: Race, Religion, and the Trail of Tears,” North American Religions Section, Annual

Meeting, American Academy of Religion, Chicago, IL. November 1994.

“Apocalypse Now: The Realized Eschatology of the Christian Identity Movement, New Religious Movements

Section, Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting,        American Academy of Religion,         March 1994.

 

           


HONORS AND MEMBERSHIPS

 

N.E.H. Dissertation Grant Nominee, Union Theological Seminary N.Y., 1994

Union Fellowship, Union Theological Seminary N.Y., 1992,1994

Doctoral Fellowship, Union Theological Seminary N.Y., 1990-1993

Finalist - Teacher of the Year, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, 1985

Member, Abyssinian Baptist Church Progressive Men's Usher Board.

Member, 26th Regiment North Carolina Troops

Member, American Academy of Religion

Member, American Society for Ethnohistory

Member, Eastgate Lodge #692 of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons

Member, Southern Historical Association

Member, North Carolina Association of Educators

 

 

COMPETENCIES

 

Instructional Technology, Digital History, Technology Infusion, Religions of the Americas, Native American History, African American History, Missionary History in the United States, Religion and Colonialism, Medieval and Reformation History, Curriculum Development, Religion and Education, Liberation Theology, Christian Ethics

 

 

LANGUAGES AND DATES OF CERTIFICATION

 

French - Spring 90, Spanish - Spring 91

Other Language Qualifications or Skills Relevant to the Dissertation Project: Cherokee

 

 

REFERENCES:

 

Larry Allred, Principal, Davidson Early College, Lexington, N.C.

David Hackett, Professor, Department of Religion, University of Florida

Judith Weisenfeld, Associate Professor, Department of Religion, Vassar College.

Douglas Davidson - Professor, Sociology Department, Western Michigan University.

Willard R. Johnson, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Richard L. Allen, Research & Policy Analyst, Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.

Maria Pignataro Nielsen, Director of Human Resources, Human Rights Watch, New York, N.Y.

Curt Goering, Deputy Director, Amnesty International USA, New York, N.Y.