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Francis Smith Foster honored for contributions to racial relations

CSLR Senior Fellow Frances Smith Foster has received the Gittler Prize from Brandeis University in recognition of her outstanding and lasting scholarly contributions to racial, ethnic, and religious relations.

New book explores practical side of virtue

A new book by CSLR Senior Fellow Julia Annas explores the nature and structure of virtue. Drawing on the ancient use of skill as an analogue for virtue, she creates a developmental account of virtue as a disposition with the structure of a skill, but also discusses ways in which virtue, unlike skills, is related to the good, and hence to happiness. Intelligent Virtue (Oxford University Press 2011) is a product of CSLR¿s Pursuit of Happiness Project.

Van der Vyver assists nations caught in law and religion battles

CSLR Senior Fellow Johan D. van der Vyver is traveling to countries in the midst of constitutional and church-state strife ¿ Nepal, India, Chile, and China -- to advise them on solutions tried by other nations. It¿s a role he¿s been playing since he helped bring an end to apartheid in his native South Africa nearly two decades ago.

New book offers new hope for marraige

A newly released second edition of CSLR Director John Witte, Jr.¿s ground-breaking book on Western marriage offers hope for restoring family life in America.

New book aims to bridge religion and human rights gap

A new book edited by CSLR Director John Witte, Jr. and CSLR Senior Fellow M. Christian Green explores how the intersecting roles of religion and human rights can build a more effective human rights culture in the world.


An-Na'im honored for his dedication to human rights

Emory Law Professor Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na`im has received two major awards for his dedication to human rights: the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Journal of Law and Religion and the 2011 Johnson Medal by the James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference at Emory University.

New book says being loved is the first human right

A new book edited by CSLR Senior Fellow Timothy P. Jackson argues not only that being loved is the most fundamental right of children, but also that society should make sure children are taught to love.


Glendon cautions on consequences of devaluing religious freedom

As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares this week to hear a case on whether a Michigan school run by a Lutheran church is subject to a federal law banning discrimination based on a disability, Harvard Law Professor Mary Ann Glendon raises a broad concern about religious freedom in America: Contrary to those who fear that the religious right is taking over and we are on the verge of a ¿faith-based¿ America, religion and religious freedom are actually the values in danger, she says.


Broyde lecture now available online

Rabbi Michael J. Broyde, Professor of Law at Emory and Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion, lectured on "The Bioethical Future: Some Jewish Thoughts on Reproductive Ethics," Tuesday, September 13. Professor Broyde's lecture, which was part of the "When Law and Religion Meet 2011-2012" series, is available to view online.

Glendon lecture now available online

Mary Ann Glendon, Learned Hand Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and former U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, lectured on "Religious Freedom-- A Second Class Right?" Tuesday, September 20. Professor Glendon's lecture, which was part of the "When Law and Religion Meet 2011-2012" series, is available to view online:


Former Vatican ambassador Mary Ann Glendon to speak on 'Universal access to religious freedom' at CSLR

Mary Ann Glendon, Learned Hand Professor of Law at Harvard University and former U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican, will tackle the challenges of the universal right to religious freedom in a world of diversity, Sept. 20, 7:30 p.m. at Emory University School of Law.

New book by Michael Broyde offers Jewish perspective on 9/11

As the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, a new book titled ¿Contending With Catastrophe: Jewish Perspectives on September 11th,¿ edited by Jewish law expert Michael Broyde of Emory University, is a reminder that the events of that day raised issues no one could have anticipated.


Witte to lecture in Australia on marraige as covenant

CSLR Director John Witte, Jr. will discuss the Biblical foundations of covenant marriage and use these foundations to propose new ideas for today¿s context, July 21 at St. Marks College in North Adelaide, Australia. This new martial theory balances traditional ideals of responsible marriage and parenthood with new constitutional norms of sexual liberty and domestic autonomy.


Emory conference on Religion, Conflict, Peacebuilding June 17-19

Emory University is hosting its second Conference on Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding: ¿Local Peacebuilding and Religion: Context, Practices, and Models,¿ June 17-19, at the Emory Conference Center Hotel. Kiran Bedi, former Police Chief in India and an internationally renowned activist on women's issues and Indian jail reform, is the keynote speaker. Her topic: ¿Spirituality, Conflict, and Peacebuilding: Tales from a Life of Activism.¿

New book a resource for communities facing foreclosures, blight

With inventories of vacant and abandoned properties at unprecedented levels, a new book argues that these empty lots and unoccupied buildings and homes are not, in fact, merely the nuisances they seem to be, but are, instead, potential resources for fueling economic recovery, driving community development and strengthening real estate markets.

New books shows how in hard times, the best way to helps oneself is to help others

A new book by CSLR Senior Fellow Stephen G. Post shows how helping others can get us through the inevitable tough times that come everyone¿s way. The Hidden Gifts of Helping: How the Power of Giving, Compassion, and Hope Can Get Us Through Hard Times (Jossey-Bass, A Wiley Imprint, March 2011) is an outcome of CSLR's Pursuit of Happiness Project and was named to the Wall Street Journal's "Best-Selling Books" list May 1. The Pursuit of Happiness Project is sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation.

Witte takes issues of law and religion to Pacific Rim

CSLR Director John Witte, Jr. has embarked on a Pacific Rim summer lecture tour to highlight contentious issues of law and religion.

Emory, Eerdmans release new books in law and religion series

CSLR Senior Fellow Nicholas Wolterstorff¿s Justice in Love (Eerdmans, 2011) and Douglas Laycock¿s Religious Liberty Volume Two: The Free Exercise Clause (Eerdmans, 2011) have been released in the Emory University Studies in Law and Religion series.

New book explores the Enlightenment's universal potential

Religion, the Enlightenment, and the New Global Order (Columbia University Press), a new book edited by CSLR Senior Fellow J. Judd Owen of Emory and his brother John M. Owen of the University of Virginia, challenges the belief of Enlightenment thinkers that the world couldn¿t have universal toleration without universal principles.

New book examines how the church talks to youth about homosexuality

A new book by CSLR Senior Fellow Mark D. Jordan explores the language used by Christians regarding homosexuality and the battle for the adolescent soul. Recruiting Young Love: How Christians Talk About Homosexuality (University of Chicago Press, 2011), a product of the CSLR¿s Child in Law, Religion and Society project, examines the history of language surrounding homosexuality and the target of this language to shape adolescents.


Allard: Compelled by the confluence of law and religion

I graduated from the University of Missouri with a bachelor¿s degree in religion, a commitment to human rights advocacy, and a burgeoning interest in legal education. A year later, when I made the decision to attend graduate school, I knew that I was looking for dual degree programs in law and religion. On the advice of my college mentor, I investigated the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory, and it quickly became the standard bearer as I looked at other schools.

Eminent church historians Holifield, Richey retire

Two eminent church historians and CSLR Senior Fellows are retiring this spring from Emory University¿s Candler School of Theology, but the combined 82 years of research, writing and teaching by Russell Richey and Brooks Holifield are expected to have a lasting impact on not only the school, but the church as well.

Allard, Green graduate with law and religion degrees, awards

Silas W. Allard and T. Brian Green graduated from Emory University's Center for the Study of Law and Religion May 9. Each received a Doctorate of Law from Emory Law and a Master of Theological Studies from Candler School of Theology.


Law and religion scholars expand global influence

CSLR senior fellows continued their formidable global lecture schedule during the 2010-2011 academic year to increase understanding among students, religious leaders, and policymakers of the complex issues surrounding religious liberty, international human rights, marriage and family law, bioethics, and neighborhood stabilization policies.

An-Na'im's religious freedom messages resound during Arab revolutions

¿Providential¿ describes the work of Emory University law professor Abdullahai Ahmed An-Na`im these days more than ever before. The main messages of his copious scholarship -- that democracy cannot exist within an Islamic state and that a secular state is not hostile to religious freedom ¿ are the answers that reformers in Africa and the Middle East are desperately seeking as the revolutionary spirit sweeps the Arab world.

Tipton wins Guggenheim, Louisville, Lilly awards

Renowned Emory sociology of religion professor Steven M. Tipton has been awarded three prestigious grants for his research on retirement: a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, a Louisville Institute Sabbatical Grant for Researchers, and a grant from the Religion Division of the Lilly Endowment.

Witte to deliver Jefferson Lecture at Berkeley

CSLR Director John Witte, Jr. will deliver the prestigious Jefferson Memorial Lecture at the University of California, Berkeley, April 21.

Former U.S. Ambassador Mary Ann Glendon headlines law and religion lecture series

Mary Ann Glendon, Learned Hand Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, will deliver the next Harold J. Berman Lecture at Emory University¿s Center for the Study of Law and Religion (CSLR) on September 20.

Holifield names to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

CSLR Senior Fellow E. Brooks Holifield, Charles Howard Candler Professor of American Church History at Emory's Candler School of Theology, has been named a 2011 fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, one of the nation's oldest and most prestigious honorary societies and a leading center for independent policy research.

Allard wins Emory's Brittain Award

CSLR joint degree student Silas Allard has won Emory¿s highest student honor, the Marion Luther Brittain Award. The Brittain award, which recognizes a student's service to the university and the community, is given to the ¿most outstanding¿ undergraduate or graduate student at the end of each academic year. Allard graduates from Emory with dual degrees in law and religion May 9.


New books highlight religion's role in world revolution

As human rights and democratic revolutions sweep across the Arab world, four new CSLR books offer important lessons about the role of religion in establishing and stabilizing democratic rule, particularly during the violent upheavals of the last 30 years.


Law and religion stars in the spotlight

Four members of Emory's Law and Religion community are in the spotlight this month.

New book encourages a theology of Christian happiness

CSLR Senior Fellow Ellen T. Charry argues in God and the Art of Happiness (Wm. B Eerdmans, 2010) that God wants Christians to be happy in the here and now, rather than waiting for the afterlife, as many Christians believe.


CSLR to open digital collection of Berman writings

CSLR and the Robert W. Woodruff Library will unveil a digital collection of published and unpublished non-book writings of Harold J. Berman (1918-2007), Emory¿s first Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law, February 2 at Emory Law.