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COLLEGE / UNIVERSITY 2021 COMMENCEMENT EVENTS (May 14-15)

Emory University will honor the Class of 2021 with in-person commencement ceremonies at the Georgia World Congress Center in accordance with health and safety protocols. 

https://www.emory.edu/commencement/ 

 

 

DEPARTMENT OF RELIGION 2021 COMMENCEMENT EVENTS

THETA ALPHA KAPPA (TAK), THE NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY FOR RELIGIOUS STUDIES AND THEOLOGY

On April 28 the Department of Religion celebrated a brief, memorable induction ceremony held via Zoom.  Prof. María M. Carrión, Chair of the Department, and Prof. Michael Berger, TAK representative of the Emory Chapter of TAK, invited the 2021 inductee to join this National Honor Society: Noah Lee. 

 

Congratulations Noah Lee! 

 

DEPARTMENT OF RELIGION 2021 COMMENCEMENT RECEPTION

On May 17 at 1 p. m., the Department of Religion will conduct a Commencement Reception via Zoom.  All our graduating majors and their families are cordially invited to attend this event; the graduating majors will receive an invitation to this event with the Zoom link.  The virtual Reception will have the following program: a welcome and slideshow with pictures provided by the graduates and faculty, and notes about their achievements, including an announcement of the departmental prize winners; a message from the Chair and Faculty; and messages from graduating majors in Religion and their family members.  The departmental prize winners are as follows:

Paul B. Courtright Prize for Overall Excellence among Majors in the Department

Angelica R. Abraham

 

John Fenton Prize in the Comparative Study of Religion, Undergraduate

Nathaniel Jonah Goldblum

 

John Fenton Prize in the Comparative Study of Religion, Graduate Division

 Joi R. Orr

Timothy Mark Rainey II

 

Eugene Bianchi Prize in Religion

Zion R. Kidd

 

William A. Beardslee Prize

1st Place – Gisell Anais Rondon

Paper: “Using the Erotic to Reconcile the Flesh and the Spirit.”  ** Graduating 2022

Instructor:  Maria Carrión

 

2nd Place – Annie Fang Li

Paper: “Faith Without Works is Dead: The Motivations, Convictions, and Limitations of Black American Christian Activists in the Fight for Voting Rights.” - ** Graduating 2022

Instructor:  Carol Anderson

 

2020-2021 Honors

Nathaniel Jonah Goldblum- Highest Honors

Thesis: “Sacred Nature: Perceptions of Nature in the Writings and Works of the Hudson River School and the North Song Dynasty Landscape Painters.”

 

Theta Alpha Kappa (TAK), The National Honor Society for Religious Studies and Theology

Noah Matthew Lee **Graduating in 2022

2020 TAK inductee, graduating in 2021

Nathaniel Jonah Goldblum

 

The Department will also recognize Religion graduates by featuring them and highlight their achievements on our website, http://religion.emory.edu, and our Facebookpage https://www.facebook.com/RELatEmory/ .

  

 

  

 

 Congratulations Class of 2021

Congratulations Class of 2021 by Religion Department

 

 

 

Religion Department Zoom Commencement Celebration 2021 by Religion Department


 

COLLEGE / UNIVERSITY 2020 COMMENCEMENT EVENTS (May 4-11)

Emory University will honor the Class of 2020 with an array of online events celebrating the many achievements of our seniors.  Some of these events will be interactive

https://news.emory.edu/stories/2020/04/coronavirus_commencement_ceremonies/campus.html

Information for graduating students

http://college.emory.edu/oue/current-students/graduating-students.html

You can contribute to these events by submitting your memories and well wishes for the Class of 2020

http://www.emory.edu/commencement/

 

 

DEPARTMENT OF RELIGION 2020 COMMENCEMENT EVENTS

THETA ALPHA KAPPA (TAK), THE NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY FOR RELIGIOUS STUDIES AND THEOLOGY

On April 27 the Department of Religion celebrated a brief, memorable induction ceremony held via Zoom.  Prof. María M. Carrión, Chair of the Department, and Prof. Michael Berger, TAK representative of the Emory Chapter of TAK, invited the 2020 inductees to join this National Honor Society: Nathaniel Goldblum, Kelly Gould, and Caroline Wilkinson.  They were joined by Religion faculty members and staff, as well as other Religion majors and a wonderful, proud family member.

These three inductees join three other graduating seniors inducted in April 2019: Emma Hanlon, Emory Cole II, and Kathleen Kane.

Congratulations, TAK grads!

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DEPARTMENT OF RELIGION COMMENCEMENT RECEPTION

On May 11 at 1 p. m. the Department of Religion will conduct a Commencement Reception via Zoom.  All our graduating majors and their families are cordially invited to attend this event; the graduating majors will receive an invitation to this event with the Zoom link.  The virtual Reception will have the following program: a welcome and slideshow with pictures provided by the graduates and faculty, and notes about their achievements, including an announcement of the departmental prize winners; a message from the Chair and Faculty; and messages from graduating majors in Religion and their family members.  The departmental prize winners are as follows:

·         Paul B. Courtright Prize for Overall Excellent among Majors in the Department: Emma Averill Hanlon

·         John Fenton Prize in the Comparative Study of Religion First Prize: Sally Jenks

·         John Fenton Prize in the Comparative Study of Religion Honorable Mention: Caroline Elise Wilkinson

·         Eugene Bianchi Prize in Religion: Ava Lauren Shaevel

·         William A. Beardslee Prize: Evan Michael Finch

·         Theta Alpha Kappa (TAK), The National Honor Society for Religious Studies and Theology: Emma Hanlon, Emory Cole II, and Kathleen Kane (inducted in April 2019).  Nathaniel Johan Goldblum, Kelly Victoria Gould, and Caroline Elise Wilkinson (inducted in April 2020).

.  The Department will also recognize Religion graduates by featuring them and highlight their achievements on our website, http://religion.emory.edu, and our Facebookpage https://www.facebook.com/RELatEmory/ .

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 Congratulations Class of 2020

March 2021

Congratulations to Dianne M. Stewart for being selected as Emory Chronos Fellow

 

 

October 2020

Professor Dianne M. Stewart, new book Black Women, Black Love: America's War on African American Marriage is currently available. Inspired by her pedagogical investment in Black love studies and her widely celebrated courses, The Power of Black Self-Love, (co-taught with Dr. Donna Troka), Black Love and Black Women, Black Love and the Pursuit of Happiness, Dr. Stewart spent four years research and writing Black Women, Black Love: America’s War on African American Marriage, which was published by Seal Press in 2020.  
 
 

 

 

August 2020 

Professor Deborah E. Lipstadt will testify as an expert witness in the Sines v. Kessler civil rights lawsuit. Deborah and Roberta Kaplan, the founding partner of Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP and lead attorney for the plaintiffs in the Sines v. Kessler wrote an article on CNN Opinion, titled, Three years later, Charlottesville's legacy of neo-Nazi hate still festers

 

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Gary M. Laderman's upcoming book, Don't Think About Death: A Memoir on Mortality is currently available for pre-order on Kindle and paperback through Amazon. His book is scheduled to release Tuesday, August 25th, 2020. 

 

July 2020

Joyce Burkhalter Flueckiger was featured in an interview with host Raj Balkaran from New Books in Hindu Studies about her new book Material Acts in Everyday Hindu Worlds (SUNY Press, 2020). The release date is October 1, 2020. “The book articulates an indigenous Indian theory of the agency of materiality through performative and ethnographic analyses of a range of different kinds of material that are not usually included in the study of religion.”

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April 2020

Congratulations to three Religion faculty who have recently received news of having earned honors and awards: Wei Wu, one of two Emory faculty nominated for the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity’s Faculty Success Program, was awarded a spot in this highly competitive program to mentor faculty on their way to promotion and tenure. Devaka Premawardhana won one of the prestigious Fulbright research-teaching one-year awards to spend a year teaching and conducting ethnographic work in Mozambique in 2021. And Joyce Flueckiger was awarded a double round of recognition for her extraordinary work in teaching, advising, and mentoring: the Women in Excellence Award, and the George P. Cuttino Award for Distinguished Mentoring. Filled with pride and joy for these great colleagues’ achievements that follow likewise great achievements, announced earlier this year, by peers in the department—James Hoesterey, Dianne Stewart, and Deborah Lipstadt, among them. Bravo, Wei, Devaka, and Joyce! Congratulations!

 

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February 2020
 

Congratulations to our very own Ellen Gough for earning the Fulbright Scholar Awards in 2019-2020!

https://news.emory.edu/…/02/er_fulbright_schol…/campus.html…

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February 2020

Congratulations to Pamela Hall for receiving the William H. Fox Emerging Excellence Award, one of the Crystal Apple Teaching Awards!

 

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Pamela Hall (center)

 

The Department of Religion is excited to welcome Devaka Premawardhana as a new faculty member starting in Fall 2018.  Dr. Premawardhana recently released a new book titled "Faith in Flux: Pentecostalism and Mobility in Rural Mozambique."

Thomas Altizer, a former Emory University professor known for his writings related to the "God is dead" movement, has passed away 

Deborah Lipstadt Was recently featured on NPR's All Things Considered to talk about the resurgence of public anti-semiticism.  She was also mentioned on the Time Magazine cover in addition to writing an article regarding the Pittsburg synagogue attack.  She was interviewed on NPR regarding the American memory towards the Holocaust and had an aritcle in the Atlantic about the Family-Separation policy.  Dr. Lipstadt can also be seen in this YouTube video, vigorously defending free speech in an Oxford Union debate on criminalizing Holocaust denial. Dr. Lipstadt's story has become a movie starring Rachel Weisz as Dr. Lipstadt! How cool is that? Spring 2016 saw filming on the quad of the film. Dr. Lipstadt famously fought a Holocaust denier in libel court in the 1990s resulting in a decisive victory in 2000.  You can find more on the story here.

Ellen Gough was featered in an interview about Gandhi's Philosophy of Nonviolence  on WABE.  Dr. Gough was also recently honored with a Crystal Apple Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Seminar Education. The Crystal Apple awards (which are student-nominated) are given annually by Emory's Residence Hall Association (RHA) in various categories to a "faculty member who goes above and beyond in his or her search for knowledge, creativity, instruction, enthusiasm, and involvement in the Emory community."

Marko Geslani and Ellen Gough's Fall 2017 class worked with the Michael C. Carlos Museum as students became curators for a show about the Ramayana in Indian Paintings.  Students presented their work at an event on January 23, 2018.  

Dianne Stewart's Fall 2016 "Black Love" class has received amazing buzz! This innovative class has been featured on social media and in Teen Vogue.  Most recently, the class was featured in the following Huffington Post article.  The Emory Department of African American Studies has more on the course here.

Vernon Robbins has published another edited volume in his “Rhetoric of Religious Antiquity” series with the Society of Biblical Literature: Foundations for Sociorhetorical Exploration: A Rhetoric of Religious Antiquity Reader (Vernon K. Robbins, Robert H. von Thaden Jr., & Bart B. Bruehler).  This is a 20th anniversary volume for the programmatic introduction of Sociorhetorical Interpretation in 1996 by Vernon K. Robbins with Exploring the Texture of Texts and The Tapestry of Early Christian Discourse. The volume contains essays and chapters by various authors who have been formative along the way, developing the concept of topos in rhetorical argumentation, applying approaches to space and place in cultural geography, moving studies of metaphor into conceptual integration and blending theory with the aid of the cognitive sciences, and invigorating visual exegesis with study of rhetography, namely the rhetorical argumentation in a text that creates images and pictures in the mind.  

David R. Blumenthal has published two extended review esays: “What are the Limits of Protest Theology? Review Essay” and “Aaron Hughes’s ‘Jacob Neusner: An American Jewish Iconoclast.”  Dr. Blumenthal has also published a new book on Jewish Prayer: Keeping God at the Center: Contemplating and Using the Prayerbook, which contains insights on the meaning of selected phrases and prayers from the traditional liturgy and on the personalist theology behind traditional Jewish prayer. It also includes meditations on the liturgy, and clear instructions on how to pray certain prayers, both normally and mystically.

Our Chair Gary Laderman recently wrote a piece for the Chronicle of Higher Education.  He also continues to write for Huffington Post about the study of religion.  His latest piece is specifically about American Christianity.  Previous articles including a piece specifically about teaching REL100 can be viewed here.

Dianne Stewart was honored at commencement as the recipient of the 2016 Eleanor Main Graduate Faculty Mentor Award. Read more about this prestigious award here.

David Blumenthal announced the opening of his portal on Jewish Prayer under the auspices of “Reverberations,” a unit of the Social Science Research Council.

Jim Hoesterey has a new book out, Rebranding Islam: Piety, Prosperity, and a Self-Help Guru, published by Stanford University Press (2015). Hoesterey examines the rise and fall of charismatic celebrity preacher Abdullah Gymnastiar of Indonesia. He was also awarded a Fulbright Fellowship for AY 2015-16 to study Islam, Diplomacy and Soft Power in Democratic Indonesia.

Sara McClintock was awarded an Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Research Fellowship in Buddhist Studies for the 2018-19 AY.  Sara was also named a Senior Fellow for AY 2015-16 at the Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry. According to their website, the Center announces up to four annual internal Fellowships available to tenured members of the Emory University faculty for an academic year of study and residence in the Center. FCHI Senior Fellows will be released from their University teaching and service commitments for the academic year, in addition to receiving a research budget from the Center." During this fellowship, Prof. McClintock will work on a book, Transactional Reality, Transactional Truth, on Indian Buddhist epistemological theories of the production of truth and reality through the interaction of conceptual, discursive, and material processes.

At Commencement 2015, it was announced that our Bobbi Patterson was chosen as the recipient of the prestigious Emory University Thomas Jefferson Award for her extraordinary service and leadership.

Joyce Flueckiger and Sara McClintock were advisers and editors for the Carlos Museum's new web resource Odyssey Online: South Asia which helps students understand objects in the collection in Hindu and Buddhist contexts.

Congratulations to Vernon Robbins for recent publications and recognition. He is co-editor (with GDR student Jonathan Potter) of a new collection of essays, Jesus and Mary Reimagined in Early Christian Literature, just published by SBL Press.  Prof. Robbins also has written an important chapter in the recent collection Genealogies of New Testament Rhetorical Criticism, a Fortress Press book in which he is identified and appreciated as one of five pioneers in the field.

A new and expanded edition of Gary Laderman's Religion and American Cultures: Tradition, Diversity, and Popular Expression, edited with Luis Leon, was published in December 2014 by ABC-Clio.

Kudos to Joyce Flueckiger on her new book, Everyday Hinduism, which has just been published by Wiley-Blackwell (May 2015).

Jim Hoesterey was quoted in the New York Times in an article about ISIS and satire.

Congratulations to Eric Reinders whose book on bowing, Buddhist and Christian Responses to the Kowtow Problem in China, has just been published by Bloomsbury Publishing.

Don Seeman recently wrote an article on politics from the pulpit.  He had also been quoted in a New York Times article on religious objections to vaccination. Dr. Shttps://www.thelehrhaus.com/timely-thoughts/politics-from-the-pulpit-an-epistemological-reflection/eeman returned to campus this academic year after a research leave supported by the Social Science Research Council and the Mind and Life Foundation. His recent essay, "Publishing Godliness: The Lubavitcher Rebbe's Other Revolution," is part of an ethnographic study of contemplative practice in contemporary Hasidism.

Joyce Flueckiger received a prestigious Guggenheim fellowship for 2014-15 which will allow her to examine the agency of materiality in India. Her fellowship was acknowledged in President Wagner's recent annual report video.

Our chair Gary Laderman has written an interesting piece in Cosmologics Magazine titled "Funereal Choices." This year Gary  was named a Goodrich C. White Professor. This honor goes to selected full professors in Emory College "who have distinguished themselves by extraordinary service to the university and by strong accomplishment in research and teaching."

Deborah Lipstadt was part of a presidential delegation attending an anti-semitism conference in Berlin in November 2014.

Jim Hoesterey has written a short essay on Islam/soft power that has recently been posted online at Middle East Institute as part of their 'Middle East-Asia Program'.  You can find more information here.

Congratulations to Vernon Robbins who received word of unanimous approval of the proposal for SBL Press to publish all future volumes of Emory Studies in Early Christianity (ESEC), the Rhetoric of Religious Antiquity Series (RRA), and the Sociorhetorical Exploration Commentaries (SREC), assuring widespread local and international distribution of the volumes and it establishes the legacy of the Socio-Rhetorical approach within the Society of Biblical Literature, which is the premier scholarly society for biblical study both in North America and internationally. 

David Blumenthal has been honored by the new Brill publication, David R. Blumenthal: Living with God and Humanity, edited by Hava Tirosh-Samuelson and Aaron W. Hughes and the 7th book in the series "Library of Contemporary Jewish Philosophers." This is a wonderful selection of essays and commentary on his significant contributions.

Prof. Blumenthal received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC) at its commencement on June 1, 2014 at Temple Sinai in Dresher, Pennsylvania. The degree is awarded by RRC to scholars and organizational leaders who have distinguished themselves in the pursuit of Reconstructionist ideals and who have made outstanding contributions to the Jewish community or to religious life in North America or Israel. Blumenthal was honored in recognition of his contributions in the field of medieval Jewish philosophy and modern Jewish theology.

Congratulations to Lobsang Negi who received a grant from the John Templeton Foundation to support the Emory-Tibet Partnership for $1.5 million over 3 years to help fund the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative (ETSI). The grant funds, along with other university and donor support, will be used to develop, translate, and publish science curriculum material, record video lectures, provide computers and lab supplies, and cover travel costs for Emory faculty to teach summer intensives in Tibetan monasteries in southern India. The six-year curriculum includes Philosophy of Science, Physics, Biology and Neuroscience.

Departmental Awards AY 2020-2021

 

 

Congratulations to the winners of our Department Awards. 

The Department will also recognize students by featuring them and highlight their achievements on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/RELatEmory/.

 

 

Paul B. Courtright Prize for Overall Excellent among Majors in the Department:

Angelica R. Abraham

 

John Fenton Prize in the Comparative Study of Religion: Undergraduate

Nathaniel Jonah Goldblum

 

John Fenton Prize in the Comparative Study of Religion: Graduate Division

Joi R. Orr 

Timothy Mark Rainey II

 

Eugene Bianchi Prize in Religion:

Zion R. Kidd

 

William A. Beardslee Prize: 1st Place

Gisell Anais Rondon

Paper: “Using the Erotic to Reconcile the Flesh and the Spirit.” 

Instructor: Dr. María M. Carrión

 

William A. Beardslee Prize: 2nd Place

Annie Fang Li

Paper: “Faith Without Works is Dead: The Motivations, Convictions, and Limitations of Black American Christian Activists in the Fight for Voting Rights”

Instructor: Dr. Carol Anderson

 

Highest Honors

Nathaniel Jonah Goldblum

Thesis: “Sacred Nature: Perceptions of Nature in the Writings and Works of the Hudson River School and the North Song Dynasty Landscape Painters

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Eric Reinders

 

Theta Alpha Kappa (TAK), The National Honor Society for Religious Studies and Theology:

Noah Lee (inducted in April 2021).

 

 

 


 

Departmental Awards AY 2019-2020

 

 

Congratulations to the winners of our Department Awards.

The Department will also recognize students by featuring them and highlight their achievements on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/RELatEmory/.

 

Paul B. Courtright Prize for Overall Excellent among Majors in the Department:

Emma Averill Hanlon

 

John Fenton Prize in the Comparative Study of Religion First Prize:

Sally Jenks

 

John Fenton Prize in the Comparative Study of Religion Honorable Mention

Caroline Elise Wilkinson

 

Eugene Bianchi Prize in Religion:

Ava Lauren Shaevel

 

William A. Beardslee Prize:

Evan Michael Finch

Paper: “Compassion at the Core: In Defense of the Dalai Lama’s Secular Ethics”

Instructor: Dr. Tara Doyle

 

Theta Alpha Kappa (TAK), The National Honor Society for Religious Studies and Theology:

Emma Hanlon, Emory Cole II, and Kathleen Kane (inducted in April 2019)

Nathaniel Johan Goldblum, Kelly Victoria Gould, and Caroline Elise Wilkinson (inducted in April 2020).

 

Congratulations to students inducted into Theta Alpha Kappa (national honor society for religion) in Spring 2020.

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