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March 21, 2022

BURTON L MACK—A PERSONAL TRIBUTE

Burton L. Mack has passed from us. His life (1931-2022), like every life, was, over the passage of time, different aspects of different selves. I was privileged to know a few of the aspects of the selves of Burton Mack (beautifully complemented by the smart […]
December 18, 2021

Scripturalizing from the Senate Floor

Warnock’s Senate speech on Voting Rights is stunning, masterful in many respects. (Shows among other things what has always been the potential of–and high hopes for–radically free Black preacher rhetorics. And on the floor of the U.S. Senate, no less!)  Many points can be made about […]
August 9, 2021

“Masquerade: Scripturalizing Modernities Through Black Flesh”

“Masquerade: Scripturalizing Modernities Through Black Flesh,” the exhibition, is open to all online. Click on the image/link to browse: http://pitts.emory.edu/masquerade This exhibition invites the viewer to consider how we produce and make use of “scriptures” understood broadly as cultural discourse and media. This means seeing scriptures […]
June 4, 2020

American Constantine

June 2, 2020 “Ah, Constantine, how much evil you gave birth to, not in your conversion, but in that Donation.” So wrote Dante (Inferno, Canto 19) in the fourteenth century about the fabrication, the “fake news,” that helped consolidate and justify the worldly power of […]
February 13, 2020

In Memoriam – Charles H. Long

We have lost a dear friend and wonderful supporter of ISS. Charles H. Long was a distinguished scholar of religions reassessing the intellectual terrain for many others to probe and articulate the field. He took keen interest in the work of the ISS and participated […]
April 27, 2018

Finding our Voices – by Quynh-Hoa Nguyen

As a woman working in a predominantly patriarchal culture and under communism in Vietnam, I see fear dominate both those with power and those without it. People who wield power fear losing it and those who are subject to power fear for their safety and […]