Outstanding in their Fields
Our faculty members made an impressive showing at the November 2011 American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature national conferences.
Rich Amesbury presented "Is Islam a Religion? ‘American Religion’ as a Contested Political Status in Estes v. Rutherford County." He also presented AAR's 2011 Excellence in the Study of Religion Book Awards, and was appointed to the steering committees of Religion and Politics and the Law, Religion and Culture groups.
Philip Clayton and Monica A. Coleman debated the doctrine of Creatio Ex Nihilo for the Open and Relational Theologies Consultation. They also did a panel on "Reimaging Black Theology after Google," with Coleman presiding and Clayton responding.
Monica A. Coleman also presented "Gathering Victims, Allowing No Villains: Response to Wendy Farley’s Gathering Those Driven Away: a Theology of Incarnation," and is the co-chair of the Black Theology Group.
Dennis MacDonald presented "Mark 6-8 and the Synoptic Problem," and "Johannine Parallels with Homeric Epic via Mark (or Matthew)." He was also the respondent for "The Influence of Q on the Formation of the Third Gospel."
Carleen Mandolfo presented "Not for Women Only: Feminism and the Psalms," and presided over a discussion on "the Shape and Shaping of the Hebrew Psalter."
Rosemary Radford Ruether spoke at a forum on "Feminist Theology and Globalization," as well as a panel on "Elemental Theology and Feminist Earth Practices," and a panel on the "Prophetic Voice of Marc Ellis." She was also the respondent for "Voices of Feminist Liberation: Writings in Celebration of Rosemary Radford Ruether."
Helene Slessarev-Jamir presented "Interreligious Activism in Support of Marriage Equality" and was the respondent for AAR's Religion and Cities Consultation and was also appointed its co-chair.
Najeeba Syeed-Miller presented "The Dangers of Dialogue: Mining and Undermining the Proposal for Sameness" at a forum on "Public Representations of Islam in the U.S." and was a panelist for "Teaching Interreligious Engagement." She was also the respondent for a panel on "Institutionalizing Interfaith: Emerging Models for Educating Religious Leaders in a Multireligious Context," and was elected co-chair of Religion and Politics Steering Committee.
Grace Yia-Hei Kao was the respondent for a session on "Thinking Animals and Religion, Rethinking Ethics: Farley, Midgely, Nussbaum, and Singer."
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