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Religion and Public Life Fellow

To highlight its commitment to Atlanta, the Department has launched a new position, the “Religion and Public Life Fellow.”  The Religion and Public Life Fellow is an Atlanta-based high-profile professional who joins the Department for one academic year.  This professional -- who works in the media, politics, the corporate world, the arts, or a non-profit organization -- will explore with us how religion plays a role in his/her profession. The Fellow will present a public lecture; meet with Department alumni, faculty and friends for a private dinner; and work with undergraduate and graduate students throughout the academic year. 

List of Fellows

Jason Lesandrini: 2013-2014

The Department of Religious Studies is pleased to welcome Jason Lesandrini as the 2013-14 Religion and Public Life Fellows. Mr. Lesandrini is the Ethicist at Grady Health System where his role involves clinical ethics consultation, ethics-based organizational policy analysis, ethics infrastructure development and support, and ongoing ethics education and programming. Mr. Lesandrini has worked at numerous health institutions across the country including the Veterans Health Administration and St. Johns Mercy in St. Louis, MO. He has served as the ethicist for the Mass Fatality planning commission for the State of Georgia and currently holds an adjunct faculty appointment in the Physician’s Assistant program at Mercer University. Mr. Lesandrini has conducted numerous workshops and presentations on issues of ethics for academic audiences and to health care administrators, providers, patients and the lay public. His academic background is in health care ethics and philosophy. He holds a Master's degree in Philosophy from Georgia State University and a Bachelor’s in Philosophy from Michigan State University, and he will soon receive his Doctorate in Health Care Ethics from St.. Louis University. His research interests include decision making for incapacitated patients, ethics at the end-of-life, health care resource allocation, and the work of ethics resources in clinical and organizational ethics.

Rev. Joanna Adams and Rep. Kathy Ashe: 2012-2013

Dan Gilgoff:  2011-2012

Past event:

Friday, April 5th, Student Service Day with Rep. Kathy Ashe.  The Department of Religious Studies and Central Outreach & Advocacy Center hosted a half-day of service at the Center (9:30-11:30), followed by lunch at Central Presbyterian Church (2 blocks from GSU, 11:30-12:30).  Religion and Public Life Fellow Rep. Kathy Ashe (Democrat), who represented District 56 (the district in which GSU is located) since  1992,  joined us for this event.

Students were invited to work side-by-side with Rep. Ashe at the COAC for a couple of hours in the morning, followed by a lunch hosted by Rep. Ashe.  Rep. Ashe opened the lunch with a few informal comments about what it means to build a “life of service” and to think through how religion is integral to this life. 

This was a STUDENT ONLY event intended to provide an opportunity for intimate, informal conversation with a  respected leader in Atlanta.

Wednesday, Feb. 6th: “Moving Atlanta to Higher Ground: How Religion Inspires Positive Change” with Rev. Joanna Adams and the Higher Ground Group. Rialto Center for the Arts, 5-7:30 p.m.

Religion & Public Life Fellows Rep. Kathy Ashe and Rev. Joanna Adams will discuss integrating public service into their lives in a special session of Dr. Barker’s “Women & Religion” class Tuesday, November 13, 2012.  (Classroom South 328, 4:30-7 p.m.)

"Religion and Civic Engagement in My Life": Brown Bag Event,
Location: Senate Salon, Student Center
Thursday, October 4, 11:00 am - 12:15 pm

Jason Lesandrini