Religion Dispatches grants help boost coverage


Religion Dispatches (RD), an online religion magazine based at Emory, has received two grants totaling $200,000 to boost its coverage of Islam and issues related to religion and sexuality.

RD in partnership with the American Academy of Religion received $100,000 from the Social Sciences Research Council for a collaborative project to build its coverage of Islam and prepare scholars to share their knowledge about Islam to a large and diverse readership.

A second grant of $100,000 to RD from the Arcus Foundation will support expanding the range of writers and bloggers covering religion and sexuality for the magazine. RD also will develop communications strategies to bring these stories to wider audiences.

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Emory’s Tibet Week showcases Tibetan Buddhist culture

Emory University’s 11th annual Tibet Week, set for March 28-April 2, will feature music, art, lectures, panel discussions and other exhibits and events for both adults and children.

Opening Ceremony
Emory Quadrangle
Noon, Monday, March 28

Features Tibetan Sangsol smoke offerings and led by Geshe Lobsang Negi, director of the Emory-Tibet Parnership, with monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery, Inc., Atlanta.

The ceremony will be followed by live exhibitions of the Tibetan Sand Mandala created by monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery, and Butter Sculpture by Sonan Dhargye in Emory’s Michael C. Carlos Museum.

Exhibitions continue throughout the week in the Carlos Museum with lectures, films and guided meditations.

Panel Discussion: “Will Tibet Survive?”
7:30-9:00 p.m., Friday, April 1
Carlos Museum Reception Hall

Lobsang Nyandak, His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s representative to the United States; Jamyang Norbu, leading Tibetan activist; and other prominent Tibetan scholars will discuss the Middle Way Approach to the resolution of the Tibet issue.

Performance: “Tibetan Songs of Love and Freedom”
8:00-10:00 p.m., Saturday, April 2
Performing Arts Studio, 1804 N. Decatur Rd.

Tibetan singer-songwriter Techung will perform with guest musicians. Admission is free, but seating is limited.

Tibet Week events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. The Carlos Museum is located in the Emory quadrangle at 571 Kilgo Circle, Emory. Visitor parking is available in Fishburne Parking Deck, 1672 N. Decatur Rd. For additional information email, or call 404.712.9296.

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New Hardship Fund for Emory students

In this YouTube video, Jordan Stein 12C and Stephen Ratner 12C talk about the University Student Emergency Hardship Fund, which was created in Spring 2011 under the guidance of the Student Government Association and in conjunction with the Division of Campus Life and Office of Financial Aid.

The fund, which starts granting in Fall 2011, will provide an additional resource to students in times of need. As a community project, the fund will involve students, administrators, and faculty members in the deliberation process to support students — with no expectation of repayment — undergoing emergency situations ranging from medical illness to residential floods.

Already, $5,000 dollars has been raised through generous contributions from the offices of the President and Provost, and the Student Government Association. For more information, please email


Lipstadt’s “The Eichmann Trial”

The Eichmann Trial, by Deborah Lipstadt (Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies), was given a favorable review in The Wall Street Journal (“Anything but Banal,” March 12, 2011). David Pryce-Jones writes:

In “The Eichmann Trial,” Deborah Lipstadt, a professor of modern Jewish history at Emory University, presents a thoughtfully researched and clearly written account of the courtroom proceedings and of the debates spurred by the trial. She begins with a brief reminder of how, in a law court a dozen years ago, she obtained a judgment against David Irving, a British writer with a line in Holocaust denial who claimed that she had libeled him in her 1993 book, “Denying the Holocaust.” The court found instead that Mr. Irving had falsified the historical record. Mr. Irving’s relation to the Holocaust obviously cannot be com pared with Adolf Eichmann’s, but Ms. Lipstadt argues that the motivations of both of these fanatics can be traced to the anti-Semitism endemic in European culture and religion.

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