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Atlanta premiere of Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think

On Monday, October 12th, the Department of Religious studies was pleased to co-sponsor the Atlanta premiere of Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think. This film is a production of Unity Productions Foundation and Gardner Films. The premiere was hosted by The Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta, The British Consulate-General, the Middle East Institute at GSU, and the Department of Religious Studies at the Rialto Theater. A number of special guests attended this event, including leaders in the GSU and greater Atlanta communities. A special thanks to President Mark P. Becker, who offered introductory remarks at the premiere. For flyer, click here.

Alumni News!

Congratulations to former masters student Kencho Tenzin, who has just accepted a full-time position as an Instructor at Georgia Highlands College. Kencho has been teaching there part-time for the past year, and they were so impressed with his work that they offered him a full-time position!

Religion, Ethics, Politics Colloquium Series

Part of the Religion, Ethics, Politics Colloquium, sponsored by Georgia State University's Department of Religious Studies. The Colloquium is attached to a formal seminar, but all events are free and open to the public. If you have any questions, please contact Vincent Lloyd, vlloyd(at)

All talks are held at the Seminar Room in the Department of Religious Studies, 34 Peachtree Street, 11th Floor unless otherwise noted. All events are open to the public. Speakers pre-circulate papers, which are available at the Religious Studies Department reception desk.

April 8, 2009:
Prof. R. Drew Smith, Morehouse College
African American Churches and the Changing Nature of Church-State Relations
Drew Smith received his Ph.D. from Yale University, and is a political scientist who currently works as a Scholar-in-Residence at Morehouse College. He has initiated and directed a number of projects related to religion and public life, including the Public Influences of African-American Churches Project and the Faith Communities and Urban Families Project. Most recently, he served in 2005 as a Fulbright Professor at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. He has also lectured in many international venues, including Brazil, Cameroon, Ghana, South Africa, and lectured in Israel in Spring of 2007 as part of the U.S. State Department’s Speakers Bureau. His main work has been in religion and public life, and has received many awards for his work, including selection in 2002 as an Emerging Leaders Fellow by a Duke University/University of Cape Town program on Leadership and Public Values, and selection in 2008 for an Indiana Governor’s Black Expo Leadership award.

April 15:
Prof. Tina Pippin, Agnes Scott College
Standing in the Apocalypse with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Tina Pippin is Professor and Chair of Religious Studies at Agnes Scott College. Professor Pippin's interests include the Bible and culture, women and religion, ethics, religion and social justice, science and religion, human rights education, apocalypticism, religion and postmodernism, and feminist ethics.

April 22:
Prof. Tim Jackson, Emory University
Political Agape: Prophetic Christianity and Liberal Democracy
Timothy Jackson is Associate Professor of Christian Ethics at Emory University. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University and his B.A. from Princeton University. Professor Jackson's research focuses on moral philosophy and theology, especially the relationship between secular and Christian conceptions of truth, goodness, justice, freedom, and mercy. He has authored two books: Love Disconsoled: Meditations on Christian Charity (Cambridge University Press, 1999) and The Priority of Love: Christian Charity and Social Justice (Princeton University Press, 2003).

[MONDAY] April 27:
Prof. George Shulman, New York University
American Prophecy: Race and Redemption in American Political Culture
George Shulman received his Ph.D. from University of California at Berkeley and currently teaches at New York University. Professor Shulman is a recipient of the 2003 NYU Distinguished Teaching Award. His interests lie in the fields of political thought and American studies. His teaching and writing emphasize the role of narrative in culture and politics. Focusing on the language that great American critics have used to engage the racial domination at the center of American history, his most recent book American Prophecy, explores the relationship of prophecy and race to American nationalism and democratic politics.

(Past Colloquium)

March 11: "How to Become a Secular Saint"
Professor Elliot Ratzman
Swarthmore College Religion Department
Elliot Ratzman studied at Harvard, Princeton, and Hebrew University - Jerusalem. He specializes in modern Jewish thought. He teaches courses on evil, political theology, atheism, secularism, and religious ethics. Ratzman is also a contributing editor to HEEB Magazine, a breakdancer, and an occasional stand-up comic. His research is aimed at rehabilitating the project of "political messianism" in the service of radical humanitarianism. He is currently co-editing a collection of essays on "Secular Faith." Ratzman has taught at Princeton, Vassar College, Temple University, and Swarthmore College.

March 18: "Religion, Prisons, and the Constitution"
Dr. Joshua Dubler
Columbia University Religion Department
Joshua Dubler is currently a Fellow at the Society of Fellows in the Humanities at Columbia University, and a lecturer at Columbia's Religion Department. He received his PhD in Religion from Princeton University and his BA from Wesleyan University. His research and teaching focus on American religion and theory of religion. Dubler is currently completing a book manuscript, tentatively titled Seven Weeks of Penitentiary Life, which is an ethnographic study of the chapel at Pennsylvania's State Correctional Institutional at Graterford. He has taught courses at Princeton University, Haverford College, Andover Newton Theological School and in Villanova University's program at Graterford Prison. His work has appeared in the Journal of Ritual Studies and in a collection of essays on "Secular Faith." Dr. Dubler will be discussing a pre-circulated paper available at the Religious Studies Department, or by e-mailing vlloyd(a)

March 25: "Limits of the Story: Tragedy in Recent Virtue Ethics"
Professor Pamela Hall
Emory University Religion and Philosophy Departments
Pamela M. Hall is Associate Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Emory University. She received her Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in Philosophy. Her research interests include ethics, moral psychology, philosophy and literature, and feminist thought. She received the Emory Williams Distinguished Teaching Award in the Humanities in 1992 and was the Massée-Martin/NEH Distinguished Teaching Chair in Emory College, 1998-2002. She has served on the advisory boards of: Emory's Center for Ethics; Aquinas Center for Theology; the Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry; and the College's Center for Teaching and Curriculum. She has served on the national Committee on the Status of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People in the Profession of the American Philosophical Association. Her publications include a book, "Narrative and the Natural Law," published by the University of Notre Dame Press.Prof. Hall will be discussing a pre-circulated paper available at the Religious Studies Department, or by e-mailing vlloyd(at)

  • Michael Karlin accepted at Emory University!

Our second year MA student was accepted for phD program in Graduate Division of Religion at Emory University. Congratulations, Michael. (2/16/09)

  • Holly Adam Phillipp accepted at Georgia State University!

Our second year MA student was acceptd for phD program in Department of Psychology (Cognitive Science Program) at Georgia State University. She will be studying under Dr. David Washburn. Congratulations, Holly. (3/23/09)