2016-17 Calendar of Events

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Fall 2016 events

Sara McClintock: "Bodyguard Buddhas: Protector Deities in Tibetan Buddhism"

Wednesday, September 7, 2016,  7:30 PM

Michael C. Carlos Museum, Ackerman Hall, Level Three

Whether by praying to peaceful loving deities like the female Buddha Tara or by invoking the terrifying wrath of fierce deities like the buffalo-headed Yamantaka, Tibetan Buddhists frequently turn to protectors for help on the Buddhist path. Protectors serve many functions, from guarding against bodily harm, disease, war to warding off enemies—most importantly, the enemies of our own pride, jealously, anger, attachment, and ignorance.

In this talk, Sara McClintock, associate professor of religion at Emory, introduces stories and practices connected to the key protector deities on display in the exhibition Doorway to an Enlightened World: The Tibetan Shrine from the Alice S. Kandell Collection, considering their roles as guardians of the Dharma both historically and in relation to individual practice.

This program, sponsored by Emory's Michael C. Carlos Museum, is free and open to the Emory community and the public.

"Visible Silence" documentary film

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

7-8 pm, film screening followed by a reception

White Hall 112

"Visible Silence is a rare glimpse into the unspoken lives of Thai toms, dees and lesbians striving for recognition, authenticity, and acceptance in a traditional Buddhist society. It is an intimate story of self and family, love and sexuality, and self-determination where conformity is prized. The film highlights the experience of masculine women (toms) who visibly transgress gender norms, yet are bound to remain silent about who they really are. Visible Silence gives voice to their unspoken truths." --DER (Documentary Educational Resources)

Sponsored by the Department of Religion; the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; the Office of LGBT Life; and Emory Pride. Click here for a pdf flyer. For more information, please call 404-727-7566.

Ann Neumann: "The Good Death"

Monday, November 14, 2016

4-5 pm

PAIS 290 (Psychology & Interdisciplinary Studies building)

If a good death exists, what does it look like? This question lies at the heart of Neumann’s rigorously researched and intimately told journey along the ultimate borderland of American life: American death. From church basements to hospital wards to prison cells, Neumann charts the social, political, religious, and medical landscape to explore how we die today. The Good Death weaves personal accounts with a historical exploration of the movements and developments that have changed the ways we experience death. With the diligence of a journalist and the compassion of a caregiver, Neumann provides a portrait of death in the United States that is humane, beautifully written, and essential to our greater understanding of the future of end-of-life care.

Ann Neumann is the author of The Good Death: An Exploration of Dying in America (Beacon, 2016) and a visiting scholar at The Center for Religion and Media at New York University where she writes the monthly column, “The Patient Body,” about the intersection of religion and medicine. She is also on the Center’s advisory board. Neumann is a contributing editor at Guernica, a magazine of art and politics, and has taught journalism at Drew University and New York University. Her work has appeared at The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Baffler, The Guardian, New York Law Review, BookForum, Harvard Divinity Bulletin, Guernica, where she is a contributing editor, and elsewhere @otherspoon. This lecture is sponsored by the Department of Religion, the Graduate Division of Religion, and Emory Center for Ethics. For more information, please call 404-727-7596.

Film & Discussion: "Santhara: A Challenge to Indian Securalism?"

Monday, November 14, 2016

7 pm

Ethics Commons 102 (Rita Anne Rollins building)

The Ethics and the Arts Program will be partnering with Shekhar Hattangadi, filmmaker; Ellen Gough, Department of Religion; Silas Allard, Center for the Study of Law and Religion for a screening of the film. An award-winning documentary film about Santhara, a Jain practice of starving to death and a classic example of the conflict between law and religion.

Panel: Shekhar Hattangadi, filmmaker; Ellen Gough, Department of Religion; Edward Queen, Center for Ethics; Silas Allard, Center for the Study of Law and Religion (moderator).  More information about the film here.

Spring 2017 events

DEADLINE: Theta Alpha Kappa's Clark Award

Deadline: Jan. 20, 2017

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

20th Anniversary Tenenbaum Lecture in Judaic Studies
David Grossman, Internationally acclaimed Israeli novelist

“The Holocaust’s Carrier Pigeon: Reflections on Writing & Memory”

February 28, 2017
7:30 pm
White Hall 208

This event, sponsored by the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies, is free and open to the public. Grossman will sign copies of his new book, A Horse Walks Into A Bar, at a reception following the lecture.

For more information, visit js.emory.edu/events or call 404-727-6301. Cosponsored by: Laney Graduate School, Graduate Division of Religion, Department of Comparative Literature, Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies, Department of History, and Department of Religion. Further information can be found at http://js.emory.edu/events/

Love Your Major Week!
February 12-17, 2017

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 24th. If you're interested in learning more about the Department of Religion, please feel free to contact us and watch this video to see what Religion students say they gain from their major: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ckis2TGTcrg

Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.:
James Baldwin and Black Lives Matter in the Age of Trump

February 16, 2017
4:00 pm
White Hall 103

"This talk examines the place of what I call democratic perfectionism in the work of James Baldwin and the activism of the Black Lives Matter movement.  What might it mean, as a political act of black self-creation, to dare to reach for a higher self in the context of Donald Trump’s presidency?  How might we resist what seems to be wholly unprecedented but entirely familiar in Trump’s rhetoric and policy?  James Baldwin, I argue, offers us resources to answer both questions."

Eddie S. Glaude, Jr. is the William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African American Studies, and Chair, Center for African American Studies, at Princeton University. He is the author of Exodus! Religion, Race, and Nation in Early 19th Century Black America, In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America, and editor of Is it Nation Time? Contemporary Essays on Black Power and Black Nationalism.

Sponsored by Emory’s Department of Religion, Graduate Division of Religion, Department of Philosophy, and Candler School of Theology. For a PDF flyer, click here. For more information, contact the Department of Religion at 404-727-7596.

DEADLINE for submissions for the Department of Religion’s Annual William A. Beardslee Prize in Religious Literature
Noon, Friday, March 17, 2017

For the best paper about religion written by an undergraduate student in an Emory College course anytime between Spring 2016 and Spring 2017.

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 the announced deadline 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.

2017 Tibet Week

TBA March 2017 Tibet Week

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