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Journey to Pilgrimage: Anisa Mehdi on Covering Islam

Please join us for this special talk by Marsico Short-Term Visiting Scholar Anisa Mehdi.

Emmy Award-winning journalist and filmmaker Anisa Mehdi has three decades’ experience in mainstream American broadcast news. Her background and experience led to an unexpected broadcasting beat: covering Islam. A 2009 Fulbright Scholar in Jordan, Mehdi consults for the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art and teaches documentary film at Seton Hall University.

Wednesday, April 15, 7pm

Location: AAC Events Room (290)

Light refreshments served

Organized by the Department of Religious Studies and co-sponsored by the Media, Film, & Journalism Studies Department and the Center for Middle East Studies

The CHapel Hill Murders: Roundtable Discussion

Wednesday, April 1, 2015, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Sturm Law 125


A roundtable discussion on Muslim-American integration and conflict, in light of the Chapel Hill murders. The discussion will feature Professors Carl Raschke (RLGS), Andrea Stanton (RLGS), and Lynn Schofield Clark (MFJS). The discussion will delve into such topics as: – Public Relations – Religious Connections – Social and Mainstream Media Connections – Religion and Politics – Media and the Law – American Sentiment Towards Islam

For more information, please visit the Sturm College of Law Events Calendar.

"Ignorance is not bliss: Understanding Religion in the 21st centry"  - RLGS Annual Kirk Lecture with Anthea Butler - Thurs, Feb 12, 2015 - 7pm, AAC Events Room.

The Department of Religious Studies' annual Kirk Lecture will take place Thursday, Feb 12, 2015, at 7pm in the Anderson Academic Commons Events room, and will feature noted scholar and University of Pennsylvania professor Anthea Butler

Not familiar with Dr. Butler? Here's her bio:

Anthea Butler is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and Graduate Chair of Religious Studies. She holds a Ph.D from Vanderibilt University in Religion, a Masters in Religion from Vanderbilt, and a Masters in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. A historian of American and African American Religion, Professor Butler’s research and writing spans Religion and Politics, Religion and Gender, African American Religion, Sexuality, and Religion and Popular culture.

Professor Butler’s forthcoming book  The Gospel According to Sarah  on The New Press, explores the exploring the role of religion in Sarah Palin’s political action, and Palin’s influence on the Republican Party. Her first book,  Women in the Church of God in Christ: Making A Sanctified World  onThe University of North Carolina Press is the first full-length academic book focused on The Women’s Department of the Church of God in Christ (COGIC). The book is an engaging look at African American women’s lives and civic engagement, highlighting how the of African American women’s social uplift in the church is rooted not only in respectability, but in strict religious beliefs.

A regular guest on the Melissa Harris Perry Show on MSNBC and a sought after media commentator, Professor Butler also provides commentary on contemporary politics, religion and social issues at Religion Dispatches, and her own blog, “You Might Think So” She also served as a consultant to PBS series God in America, and the American Experience on Aimee Semple McPherson.


Please join us Feb 12 for a lively talk focused on current events and issues in the US today!