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Faculty announce new books, lectures, honors
By Patti Ghezzi | Emory Law | Mar 25, 2013 12:03:00 AM

This spring, CSLR faculty report a number of major national and international lectures, newly published and forthcoming books, and high academic honors, including the election of Senior Fellow Jean Porter (Notre Dame) to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na`im

A new book by Senior Fellow Abdullahi Admed An-Na`im explores the backlash against people who are both American and Muslim. What is an American Muslim: Embracing Faith and Citizenship, written while An-Na`im served as a 2009 Carnegie Scholar, is due out from Oxford University Press in 2014. His upcoming lecture circuit includes Cornell University ("Islam and the Secular State"), Austria ("Breaking the Cycle of Resentment and Dependency"), United Arab Emirates ("Constitutionalism and the Arab Spring"), Turkey ("Contingent Role of Islam in Political Legitimacy"), and Boston ("Sharia and its Critics"). An-Na`im is Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law at Emory Law.

Michael J. Broyde

In April, CSLR Senior Fellow Michael J. Broyde speaks at Hendrix College in Arkansas on "Jewish Tradition and American Civil Rights: An Explanation of the Theory" and at the University of Illinois at Chicago on "Suggestions for Shari`a Courts based on the Precedent of the Beth Din of America." Broyde, professor of law at Emory Law, was recently named one of the top U.S. 50 rabbis by Newsweek magazine.

Rafael Domingo

Rafael Domingo, CSLR's Francisco de Vitoria Senior Fellow of Law and Religion, spoke on The New Global Community at the Florida International College of Law last month. In addition, he recently received an honorary degree in law from Inca Garcilaso University, Peru, and frequently contributes to CNN International and other media as a writer and guest speaker discussing current events, including the selection of Pope Francis. Domingo is the former dean of the University of Navarra Law School, Spain.

Richard W. Garnett

Senior Fellow Richard W. Garnett, professor of law and associate dean at Notre Dame Law School, addressed the state of religious freedom in the United States during the Stranahan Lecture at the University of Toledo last month.

M. Christian Green

Senior Fellow M. Christian Green recently presented "Religious and Legal Pluralism in Recent African Constitutional Reform" at the University of Ghana's conference on Law and Religion in Africa. Green is publishing the chapter, “From Third Wave to Third Generation: Feminism, Faith, and Human Rights,”  in Feminism, Law, and Religion, forthcoming from Ashgate in July.

Luke Timothy Johnson

Senior Fellow Luke Timothy Johnson, R.W. Woodruff Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at Candler School of Theology, has just published Contested Issues in Christian Origins and the New Testament: Collected Essays (Brill 2013). The work includes several essays first written for CSLR's Sex, Marriage and Family Project. In addition, Johnson recently won the Catholic Press Association 2012 Award for Best Book in Scripture for Prophetic Jesus, Prophetic Church (Eerdmans 2011). He also was awarded the Emory Williams Distinguished Faculty Award, the university's highest award for excellence in teaching, for 2012-2013.

Aristotle Papanikolaou

Senior Fellow Aristotle Papanikolaou's Orthodox Constructions of the West (with George Demacopoulos), due out in June from Fordham University Press, examines the many factors that contributed to the “Eastern” construction of the “West” in order to understand why the “West” is so important to the Eastern Christian’s sense of self. In addition, Papanikolaou was recently promoted to full professor at Fordham University and becomes the Archbishop Demetrios Chair of Orthodox Theology and Culture in September. In April, he delivers the Paul. G. Manolis Distinguished Lectures at the Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute, California, on The Ethics of Theosis.

Michael J. Perry

Human Rights in the Constitutional Law of the United States (Cambridge University Press 2013), the latest book by Senior Fellow Michael J. Perry, explores how the morality of human rights, particularly the right not to be subjected to cruel, inhuman, or degrading punishment; the right to moral equality; and the right to religious and moral freedom, has become entrenched in U.S. constitutional law. He recently lectured on "The Universal Declaration as Sacred Text: Reflections on the Religion of Human Rights" at Santa Clara University's Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education (watch video). In May, Perry discusses "The Morality of Human Rights, the Religion of Human Rights," at San Diego School of Law. Perry is Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law at Emory Law.

Jean Porter

Senior Fellow Jean Porter, John A. O'Brien Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies. Her teaching and scholarship focus on Christian ethics and the history and interpretation of the natural law tradition in Catholic ethical reflection, particularly the moral theology of St. Thomas Aquinas. Her most recent book, Ministers of the Law: A Natural Law Theology of Legal Authority (Eerdmans 2011), was honored by the Catholic Press Association as one of the top three theology books of 2011 and is a product of CSLR's Christian Jurisprudence II Project.

Russell E. Richey

Senior Fellow Russell E. Richey, Dean Emeritus of Candler School of Theology and William R. Cannon Distinguished Professor of Church History Emeritus, is serving as a research fellow at the Center for Studies in the Wesleyan Tradition at Duke Divinity School. Richey recently published American Methodism: A Compact History (with Kenneth E. Rowe and Jean Miller Schmidt) (Abingdon 2012) and Denominationalism Illustrated and Explained (Cascade Books, Wipf and Stock 2013). In his honor, The Renewal of United Methodism: Mission, Ministry and Connectionalism, Essays in Honor of Russell E. Richey (Rex D. Matthews, ed.) debuted in 2012 from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. In April, Richey delivers the plenary address at the conference, "The UMC After Tampa: Where Do We Go From Here?"

Johan van der Vyver

Earlier this year, Senior Fellow Johan van der Vyver, I.T. Cohen Professor of International Law and Human Rights, participated in a conference at the University of Ghana on Law and Religion in Africa and served on the steering committee to establish a Consortium of Law and Religion in Africa. In March, he delivered a lecture on "The Nationalization of Mineral Rights in South Africa" at the University of Pretoria, where he serves as Extraordinary Professor in the Department of Private Law each summer. Coming up next, he will deliver lectures in Montenegro on international criminal law, Greece on a critique of American criminal law, Russia  on the rule of law, and China on religion and the rule of law.

Michael Welker

World renowned theologian Michael Welker, who serves as CSLR's Alonzo L. McDonald Senior Fellow in Law and Religion, has edited or authored six new volumes: Faith of People in Heidelberg Today: 450 Years after the Publication of the Heidelberg Catechism (Neukirchener Verlag 2013); The Depth of the Human Person: A Multidisciplinary Approach (Eerdmans 2013); Concepts of Law in Science, Legal Studies, and Theology (Mohr Siebeck 2013); God or Mammon? The Monetization of the Market and the Impacts on Politics, Law, Religion, and Ethics (Cambridge University Press 2013); Political Theology: Recent History and New Potentials (Westminster John Knox 2013); and God the Revealed: Christology (Eerdmans 2013-4). In addition, recently published in his honor is the Festschrift God's Spirit and Human Spirit (Neukirchener Verlag 2013). Welker also has a large line-up of lectures in addition to his March CSLR McDonald Lecture, where is topic is "The Power of Mercy in Biblical Law." This spring and summer he speaks at Yale ("Spirit Christology"); Heidelberg (Manfred Lautenschalaeger Award and "God's Omnipotence"); Stuttgart ("Who is Jesus Christ for Us Today?"); University of Bonn ("What is the Human Being?"); and Switzerland ("The Life-Giving Spirit").

John Witte, Jr.

CSLR Director John Witte, Jr. has edited and published a long-lost work by Harold J. Berman, the father of the modern study of law and religion, titled Law and Language. It is due out in September from Cambridge University Press. Also coming soon is Why Two in One Flesh: The Western Case for Monogamy Over Polygamy (Oxford University Press). Witte's upcoming lecture tour includes the U.S. Library of Congress' Maguire Chair Lecture, where he will discuss the Two in One Flesh volume, and the Johannes Althusius Society Congress in Holland, where he speaks on "The Nature of the Family and the Family of Nature." He also will lecture at Oxford University, Cambridge University, and in Italy. Witte is Jonas Robitscher Professor of Law and Alonzo L. McDonald Family Distinguished Professor at Emory Law.

Karen Worthington

CSLR Senior Fellow presents a paper titled "Responding to the Needs of Adolescent Girls in Foster Care" at the Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy Symposium in April. The paper is an outcome of Worthington's 2005 CSLR presentation in South Africa on the connections between child development and juvenile court practitioners. The paper will be published in Georgetown's Poverty Law and Policy journal