2015-16 Calendar of Events

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Fall 2015 events

The Sacred Mundane: Conference on Religion and Ecology

Thursday-Friday, September 10-11, 2015

Emory’s Center for Ethics and the CREATE Program are hosting a conference showcasing Emory scholarship on religion and ecology called The Sacred Mundane. The conference will begin on Thursday, September 10 at 4 pm with a keynote address by Professor Bobbi Patterson, followed by a reception. From 9 am-3:30 pm on Friday, September 11, professors and doctoral students will present resources and obstacles that shape or stand in the way of religious commitment to care for the earth and sustainable living. See more information and register (free of charge) at the CREATE website.

Deadline to apply for Spring 2016 Emory Tibetan Studies Program

October 1, 2015 for the Spring 2016 program

For more information about this study abroad program in Dharamsala, India, please visit Emory's Tibetan Studies website where you can see videos, read student blogs and find a link to the application. http://cipa.emory.edu/tibetan/

"The Tantric State of Bhutan: Dharma, Democracy and Development"
A seminar and panel discussion at Georgia State University

Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Georgia State University's Troy Moore Library, 25 Park Place, Rm. 2343

Two decades ago, the small nation of Bhutan (with a population of less than (800,000) initiated consideration of a remarkable new metric with which to judge national success: Gross National Happiness (GNH). Lodged between two economic juggernauts, China and India, the fragility of such a notion is equal to the fragility of happiness itself. Join us for a panel discussion of this fascinating political and moral ideal, one with deep roots in Buddhist philosophy and in contemporary geopolitics.

This panel discussion features William J. Long (Prof. of Political Science & Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, GSU) and three national experts. Emory's Department of Religion is a co-sponsor. For more information, contact GSU's Global Studies Institute.

"Goddesses of Nature" Photographic Exhibition

Thursday, October 8, 2015, 12 noon to 6 pm
Friday, October 9, 2015, 9 am - noon
Candler School of Theology's Rita Anne Rollins Bldg 360

Reception, 5-6 pm on Thursday, RARB Atrium

This exhibition of 13 large photographs on high gloss aluminum includes images created by videographer Gerald Lee Hoffman on location in Bahia, Brazil during the filming of Donna Roberts' documentary Yemanjá: Wisdom from the African Heart of Brazil, including ceremonies and processions of the African-derived Candomblé faith - thriving in Bahia - honoring deities/spiritual energies known as Orixàs. 

Sponsored by the Candler School of Theology, the Department of Religion, and the Laney Colloquium in Religion of the Graduate Division of Religion, with additional support from: Laney Graduate School; Hightower Endowment; Religion and Public Health Collaborative; Environmental Studies Department; African American Studies Department; Spanish and Portuguese Department; History Department; Institute of African Studies; Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Women, Theology, and Ministry Program; Religion, Conflict and Peacebuilding Program; and the Emory Conference Center Subvention Fund. For more information, please contact Prof. Emmanuel Lartey at 404-727-6594 or Prof. Dianne Stewart at 404-727-8671.


Race with Jewish Ethics: A Symposium

October 14 - 15, 2015
Wednesday, October 14, 7:30pm
Thursday, October 15, 9:00am-2:00pm
Center for Ethics, Room 162
Emory University, Rita Anne Rollins Building

Noted and emerging scholars will convene at Emory University to explore Judaism’s diverse conceptualizations of race, the (bio)-ethical dimensions of constructing race concepts, and the pragmatic issues of relations between Jews and other minority communities. Opening with a keynote lecture by Susannah Heschel, Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College, the symposium will continue with presentations of papers and discussions.

Participants include: Sander Gilman, Emory University; Aaron S. Gross, University of San Diego; Nichole Renee Phillips, Emory University; Annalise Glauz-Todrank, Wake Forest University (Prof. Glauz-Todrank is unable to attend, but her paper will be read by another participant.); Susannah Heschel, Dartmouth College; Elliot A. Ratzman, Temple University; and Sarah Imhoff, Indiana University.

For more information about the workshop program, schedule, and keynote lecture, visit the event website at http://js.emory.edu/events/RacewithJewishEthics.htm

All sessions are free and open to the public; lunch will be provided for those who register in advance. Parking available at Fishburne, Oxford Road, and Peavine Parking Decks. See http://transportation.emory.edu/visitors/index.html for information about visitor parking

This scholarly event is presented by the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies and the Center for Ethics at Emory University and is cosponsored by the Hightower Fund, the Laney Graduate School, the Graduate Division of Religion, and the Departments of Anthropology, Religion, and Sociology.

MESAS Guest Lectures: Dr. Angelika Neuwirth (Prof. of Arabic Studies, Freie Universitat Berlin)

The Qur’an – A Vital Part of Our Theological Canon?: New Light on the Relation between the Qur’an and the Bible

Monday, October 19, 2015
Psychology (PAIS) Building, Room 290

Noah, Moses, Abraham, Jesus … Biblical characters abound in the Qur’an. But how are the Qur’an and the Bible really related? Professor Angelika Neuwirth looks at the Qur’an from a fresh perspective: as a late antique text presenting an original theological commentary on biblical tradition. This is part of the Middle Eastern South Asian Studies Guest Lectures series. Department of Religion is one of the co-sponsors.

Spring 2016 events

DEADLINE: Theta Alpha Kappa's Clark Award

Deadline: Jan. 11, 2016 OR to our department, joy.wasson at emory.edu, by Jan. 6th 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. All the rules are here: http://www.thetaalphakappa.tcu.edu/scholarships_awards/clark_awards.html

The Program in Mediterranean Archaeology presents:

Dr. Jodi Magness (UNC, Chapel Hill): "Samson in Stone: New Discoveries in the Ancient Synagogue in Israel's Galilee"

Sunday, January, 24, 2016
Oxford Road Building, Presentation Room

Dr. Jodi Magness is the Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism, Department of Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Since 2011, Professor Magness has been directing excavations in the ancient village of Huqoq in Israel's Galilee. The excavations have brought to light the remains of a monumental Late Roman (fifth century) synagogue building that is paved with stunning and unique mosaics, including depictions of the biblical hero Samson, and the first non-biblical story ever discovered decorating an ancient synagogue. In this slide-illustrated lecture, Magness describes these exciting finds, including the discoveries made in the summer 2015 season.

The lecture is sponsored by: Program in Mediterranean Archaeology, Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies, Department of Art History, Department of Religion, Graduate Division of Religion of Laney Graduate School, and Tam Institute for Jewish Studies. The event is free and open to the public.

Kathleen Franz: "Curating Capitalism: Museum Ethics and the Smithsonian's American Enterprise Exhibition"

Thursday, January 28, 2016
4:00 -5:00 pm
290 PAIS, Emory University

The lecture will look at the recent development of the Smithsonian's “first” exhibition on the history of business at the National Museum of American History (NMAH) and how curators balanced museum ethics, museum policy, and the public presentation of business history. Dr. Kathleen Franz, curator at the NMAH, will place the exhibit in historical context and will address some of the contemporary debates about the role of public historians in the museum.  Kathleen Franz is Co-curator of the American Enterprise exhibition, Smithsonian Institution. She received a B.A. in American Studies from University of Texas at San Antonio, and a Ph.D. in American Civilization from Brown University.

This lecture is sponsored by the Department of Religion, the Emory Center for Ethics, the Goizueta Business School, and the Michael C. Carlos Museum.

2016 Tenenbaum Lecture in Judaic Studies

Steven Zipperstein (Stanford): "Catastrophe and the Contemporary Jewish Imagination: The 1903 Kishinev Pogrom as Fact and Fiction"

Tuesday, February, 2, 2016
Carlos Museum, Reception Hall, Emory

Save the Date Tuesday, February 2, 2016, at 7:30pm, for the 2016 Tenenbaum Lecture in Judaic Studies. Steven Zipperstein, Daniel E. Koshland Professor in Jewish Culture and History at Stanford University, will speak on “Catastrophe and the Contemporary Jewish Imagination: The 1903 Kishinev Pogrom as Fact and Fiction” in the Reception Hall of the Carlos Museum on the Emory campus.

This lecture also serves as the keynote for the symposium “Contested Jewish Futures: Recovering an Era of Ferment and Possibility in Jewish Life,” presented by TIJS with support from the Judith London Evans Fund, and hosted by Miriam Udel, Associate Professor of German Studies and TIJS, and Nick Block, Visiting Assistant Professor in German Studies.

Further information can be found at http://js.emory.edu/events/Tenenbaum2016Zipperstein2.html

Love Your Major Week!
February 7-13, 2016

The 5th annual Love Your Major week will be held Sunday to Saturday, February 7-13, 2016. This week helps showcase departments and programs before Emory College asks the second year students, and remaining juniors and seniors to declare their majors by February 19. The Department of Religion is planning to have several Open Office Hours sessions with faculty. STAY TUNED FOR DETAILS! In the meantime, please watch this video to learn more about what Religion students gain from their major: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ckis2TGTcrg

DEADLINE for submissions for the Department of Religion’s Annual William A. Beardslee Prize in Religious Literature
Tues, March 15, 2016

For the best paper about religion written by an undergraduate student in an Emory College course anytime between Spring 2015 and Spring 2016.

First Prize $250.00
Second Prize $100.00

Papers may be revised before being submitted. Honors Theses are not eligible. Please submit your entries by March 15th to staff in the Religion Department office, Callaway Center S214, or electronically to joy.wasson_at_emory.edu.

Important information to go on the paper:

    • Your name
    • Your contact information (phone, email)
    • The instructor, course, and semester for which it was written

Students with further questions may call 404/727-7596 or 404/727-7566.

2016 Tibet Week

March 21-25, 2016

Tibet Week includes guest speakers, films, multi-disciplinary presentations, opportunities to learn meditation, and other events celebrating Tibetan culture and the programs of the Emory-Tibet Partnership.  We hope you can join us for Tibet Week 2016 beginning with opening ceremonies at noon on Monday, March 21. One of the events featured this year is a special exhibition at the Michael C. Carlos Museum entitled, Doorway to an Enlightened World, which will be accoompanied by the live creation of a sand mandala—check the Emory-Tibet Partnership website for updated information.

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