2014-15 Calendar of Events

2014-2015 Calendar of Events

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Fall 2014 events

Religion Newswriters Association Pre-Conference

Thursday, September 18, 2014
8:30 am - 6:00 pm

Journalists around the country specializing in religion will be in Atlanta for the Religion Newswriters Association annual conference. A pre-conference focusing on immigration will be sponsored by Emory's Center for the Study of Law and Religion. Co-sponsored by: Department of Religion; Candler School of Theology; Emory University School of Law; and Laney Graduate School. For more information, contact pghezzi_at_emory.edu. Free registration at: https://emorylaw.wufoo.com/forms/religion-newswriters-association-preconference/

Teach-In Against Hate

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
3:00 pm
Main Quadrangle (rain location: Cox Hall Ballroom)

Featuring Emory faculty members:

  • ANDRA GILLESPIE, Interim Chair, Department of African American Studies
  • ERIC L. GOLDSTEIN, Director, Tam Institute for Jewish Studies
  • DEBORAH E. LIPSTADT, Dorot Chair Modern Jewish & Holocaust Studies, Department of Religion
  • BRIDGETTE YOUNG ROSS, Dean of the Chapel and Spiritual Life 

On Sunday, October 5, 2014, members of Emory’s chapter of AEPi, an historically Jewish fraternity, woke up to find their house on Eagle Row vandalized with swastikas, the Nazi symbol of hatred. This troubling event raises important questions, not only about antisemitism, but about all forms of bigotry and hatred and how we can best respond to them. In order to answer this hateful act in a way that honors the values of Emory University and the academy more broadly, the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies invites the Emory community to a “teach-in,” where faculty members representing different backgrounds and academic disciplines will help us examine important questions, such as:

  • Why does one case of antisemitic graffiti matter?
  • Why should we care if we do not belong to the group targeted in this incident?
  • How can we combat racism and prejudice of all kinds in our everyday lives?
  • What opportunities does the university setting provide for us in addressing racism and prejudice?

For more information, call the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies at (404) 727-6301.

This event is cosponsored by the Office of Spiritual & Religious Life, the Inter- Religious Council, the Department of African American Studies, Emory Hillel, Emory Chabad, and Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity.

Vandana Shiva: "Seed Freedom and Food Democracy"

Thursday, November 6, 2014
6:30 - 7:30 pm
Center for Ethics Room 102

Sustainability Initiatives presents a guest lecture by Vandana Shiva (environmental activist). The Department of Religion is one of the co-sponsors. For more information, contact Emory's Office of Sustainability Initiatives.

Marko Geslani
: "Sacrifice as Creation"

Tuesday, November 11, 2014
7:30 pm
Carlos Museum, Reception Hall

In a lecture titled "Sacrifice as Creation," Dr. Marko Geslani of Emory's Department of Religion, will explore how in late-Vedic understanding, sacrifice was deeply implicated in the process of creation. As the gods receded to the status of mythic patrons, the sacrifice itself achieved its own stunning apotheosis; it was thought to possess an endless re-creative capacity, which could be harnessed both for the ordering and renewal of nature and society, and for the “immortality” of the sacrificer.

The exhibitions and educational programs in conjunction with the Creation Stories Project have been made possible by generous grants from the Thalia N. and Chris M. Carlos Foundation, Inc.; the Thalia and Michael C. Carlos Foundation, Inc.; the Massey Charitable Trust; and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. For more information, contact the Michael C. Carlos Museum.

Emory Chapter Theta Alpha Kappa Induction & Reception
All Religion students welcome to attend!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014
5:00 pm
Candler Library 101

All Religion students are invited to this ceremony where we will induct new members into Theta Alpha Kappa, the national honor society for religion. A reception will follow. For more information, contact the Department of Religion at 404-727-7596.

Spring 2015 events

DEADLINE: Theta Alpha Kappa's Clark Award

Deadline: January 10, 2015 (to be received by TAK; send earlier to Department of Religion if you want us to submit for you)

The National Board of Directors of TAK invites entries for the Albert Clark Award, given annually to one undergraduate and one graduate student for the best papers in religious studies or theology, as judged by a panel established by the board. Each competition winner will receive a $500 award, and his or her essay will be published in the Journal of Theta Alpha Kappa. Further information can be found by clicking here for pdf flyer.

AntiquiTEA @TheCarlos with Marko Geslani

Thursday, January 22, 2015
4:00 pm
Carlos Museum, 3rd floor Reception Hall

Enjoy afternoon chai and samosas as Dr. Marko Geslani, assistant professor in Emory’s Department of Religion, discusses a four-faced Lingam from 13th century Nepal in the museum’s collection of South Asian art, and the generative power of the Hindu god Shiva it embodies.

The exhibitions and educational programs in conjunction with the Creation Stories Project have been made possible by generous grants from the Thalia N. and Chris M. Carlos Foundation, Inc.; the Thalia and Michael C. Carlos Foundation, Inc.; the Massey Charitable Trust; and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Love Your Major Event

Drop In to Meet our Phenomenal Faculty
in their Offices!
(Majors/Minors: tell your friends)

Learn about our courses and our major or minor from some of our engaging faculty members during these Special Open Office Hours.

Monday, Feb 9, 2015
Bobbi Patterson in Callaway S204 and
Gary Laderman in Callaway S214

Tuesday, Feb 10, 2015
Michael Berger in Callaway S210 and
Jim Hoesterey in Callaway S209

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2015
Don Seeman in Callaway S206

Guest Lecture: Kathryn Lofton on "Binge Religion: Consumer Practice in Extremity"

March 18, 2015 at 3:00 pm
Math Science Center E208

Kathryn Lofton is Professor of Religious Studies, American Studies, History and Divinity, and Chair, Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Yale University. A specialist in nineteenth and twentieth-century U.S. religions, she has written on the histories of evangelicalism, consumerism, African American religion, and the academic study of religion. Her first book, Oprah: The Gospel of an Icon, was published by the University of California Press in 2011. She is currently researching several subjects, including the culture concept of the Goldman Sachs Group and the religious contexts of Bob Dylan. This free, public talk is sponsored by the Department of Religion and Graduate Division of Religion. For more information, please contact the Department at 404-727-7596.

"Jews, Texts and Ethnography": An Academic Workshop

Keynote by Alan Brill on March 17 at 7:30pm in Oxford Road Bldg Auditorium

March 18-19, 2015
Wednesday, March 18, from 9:15am to 4:00pm
and Thursday, March 19, from 9:00am to 3:45pm
Winship Ballroom, Dobbs University Center (DUC)

The Jewish people, the People of the Book, have long been associated with the study of texts as one of the most basic practices upon which the religion and, indeed, the culture are built. Yet anthropology has only rarely considered the meaning of those texts or the ways in which texts influence individuals and communities, and Jewish Studies has historically maintained a certain distance from the field of anthropology.

This interdisciplinary workshop aims to break new ground in the field of ethnography of texts in Jewish life. Leading scholars from around the world will gather to present papers and discuss the relationship between text, lived experience, and ethnography in Jewish studies. It is expected that the workshop will result in an edited collection of theoretical and methodological reflections on the use of ethnographic techniques to examine the place of texts and textuality in Jewish life, with relevance for the study of other cultures as well.

The conference is presented by the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies with the Hightower Fund and cosponsored by the Candler School of Theology, the Laney Graduate School, the Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry, the Graduate Division of Religion, the Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts, and the Departments of Comparative Literature, Middle Eastern & South Asian Studies, and Religion. For more information contact the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies at 404-727-6301.

Guest Lecture: Alan Brill on "Interfaith, Intermarriage and Dealing with Diversity”

March 19, 2015, 5:00 - 6:00 pm
Callaway C101
(followed by Religion student mixer 6-7)

We live in a new religious world that is multi-faith and religiously diverse.  Religion is in the headlines for good and bad on a daily basis.  People are in contact with multiple religions even within their own families. Hence, the new question: How do we confront the religious Other? In this encounter, the discussion of religion has taken a theological turn to answer the question. This talk will present his own Jewish narrative, as well as Jewish, Christian and Muslim views on the topic of religious diversity against a backdrop of Vatican II, 9/11, and globalization.

Alan Brill is the Cooperman/Ross Endowed Chair for Jewish-Christian Studies at Seton Hall University, where he teaches Jewish studies in the graduate program. Professor Brill is the author of several books, including Judaism and Other Religions: Models of Understanding (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) and Judaism and World Religions (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). Trained at both Yeshiva University and Fordham University, he was a Fulbright Senior Scholar awardee to research and teach at Banares Hindu University in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh India. Prof. Brill is currently working on a book of comparative theology seeking to understand Hindu religions with Jewish eyes, in addition to his long-term project mapping out the varieties of Modern Orthodox Judaism.

This event is sponsored by the Department of Religion and the Graduate Division of Religion. Contact the department for further information at 404-727-7596.

Dr. Ilaria Ramelli: “The Remarkable Role of Asceticism In the Debate on the Legitimacy of Slavery and Social Injustice in Greek Philosophy, Ancient Judaism, and Early Christianity”

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
12:00 noon
Callaway S423 (ILA conference room)

Dr. Ramelli is Professor of Theology and K. Britt Endowed Chair at the Graduate School of Theology, Sacred Heart Major Seminary of the Thomas Aquinas University. The talk is sponsored by ILA, Classics, Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Medieval Studies, History, Philosophy, Candler School of Theology, Religion, Graduate Division of Religion, MESAS, and Jewish Studies.

Tibet Week 2015

March 23-25, 2015
Various events/venues around campus.

Each year, Tibet Week celebrates the rich culture of traditional and contemporary Tibet. The Department of Religion is one of the co-sponsors. For more information, visit the Emory-Tibet Partnership website: http://tibet.emory.edu/news-and-media/news/Emory%20Tibet%20Week%202015/

Erik Mueggler (U of Michigan): "Songs for dead parents: materializing and dematerializing the dead in Southwest China"

Monday, April 6, 2015
4‐6 p.m.
Anthropology 303

This talk examines the ritualization of death in a “minority” community in mountainous Southwest China, where people are heir to an extraordinary range of resources for working on the dead, including abundant poetic language. The talk’s focus is the central artifact of poetic heritage in this region, an eight‐hour‐long speech for the dead, abandoned in the 1950s. The speech, divided into 72 “songs”, is a massive construction project, which builds a world for the dead. After bringing sky, earth, and markets into being, these songs for dead parents alternate between two fates for the dead soul, connected to a 19th‐century transition from cremation to burial. On the one hand, the soul hangs forever in the sky, swaddled together with its spouse, head to the west and feet to the stars. On the other hand, it lives forever beneath the tomb, subject to the Chinese‐speaking bureaucracy of Yan Luo Wang 閻羅王/Yama, king of the underworld. Ultimately the speech is a kind of anthropology: an attempt to sympathetically understand and describe a difficult and alien world of others, in this case dead others.

Presented by The Emory Department of Anthropology and co‐sponsored by the Confucius Institute at Emory; the Hightower Fund; Religion; Russian and East Asian Languages and Cultures; and East Asian Studies.

You may also be interested in the The Tam Institute for Jewish Studies calendar of events, Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies Department events, Emory-Tibet Partnership events, and Aquinas Center events