Join Us For Mid-Week Musical Reflections
Join Us For Mid-Week Musical Reflections
 News and Programs 1.28.21
Mid-Week Musical Reflections
Mid-Week Musical Reflections
Wednesdays during term starting February 3, 12:00-12:15 p.m. EST, Zoom and Facebook Live
All are invited to reflect and decompress in a mid-week, mid-day time of sacred music. Join Maury Allums, Director of Music, and the Emory Office of Spiritual and Religious Life in taking a moment to breathe, relax, and connect with others in our community.
Visit to register for this weekly event via Zoom and to receive updates on our weekly musical reflections. You can also watch them live on Facebook by visiting the Emory OSRL Facebook page.
Sponsored by the Emory University Office of Spiritual and Religious Life.
Click Here to Register Now
International Holocaust Remembrance Day - 1.27.21
A Message From Jewish Chaplain Rabbi Jordan Braunig
In 1963, when he spoke at the March on Washington, Joachim Prinz, a rabbi and a refugee of the Nazi Holocaust spoke these words:
When I was the rabbi of the Jewish community in Berlin under the Hitler regime, I learned many things. The most important thing that I learned under those tragic circumstances was that bigotry and hatred are not the most urgent problem. The most urgent, the most disgraceful, the most shameful, and the most tragic problem is silence.
Not even twenty years after the horrors of World War II, Rabbi Prinz was brave enough to connect the degradation that he had experienced as  Jew in Europe to the ugliness and violence of racism in America. It was clear to him then, as it should be clear to us now that our particular traumas need not be a source of competition but, rather, they can impel us towards greater connection and empathy. Last week we celebrated the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., today we remember the unfathomable sorrow of the Holocaust. In studying the past, in remembering our pain, we have the opportunity to recommit ourselves to the values that will ensure that such indecency and cruelty are given no space to flourish in our society.
Hillels of Georgia: Holocaust Remembrance
Remembering the Holocaust with Hillels of Georgia
Video Recording from 1.27.21
Holocaust survivor Ben Walker shared his story and how it shaped his life and values. View the Hillels of Georgia Youtube page for a recording or click above. 
Holocaust Denial on Trial
Holocaust Denial on Trial (HDOT) is a website created by Professor Deborah E. Lipstadt and colleagues and is a joint project of Emory University and Emory’s Tam Institute for Jewish Studies. Its mission is to ensure perpetual access to the evidence, transcripts, judgment, and appeal documents that made the case in the David Irving v. Penguin Books U.K. and Deborah Lipstadt trial and to refute the misleading claims of Holocaust deniers with historical evidence.
To learn more and visit the website, please click here

Wondrous Worlds: Art and Islam Through Time and Place 
Tuesday, January 26-Sunday, May 9, Michael C. Carlos Museum
The Michael C. Carlos Museum is now presenting its newest exhibition, "Wondrous Worlds: Art and Islam Through Time and Place," which explores the long history, vast geographic expanse, and remarkable diversity of works of art in the Islamic world. There will also be some Zoom programming later this semester.
The exhibition is organized by and drawn from the collections of The Newark Museum of Art. "Wondrous Worlds" features more than 100 works in nearly all media, including carpets, costumes, jewelry, ceramics, glassware, metalworks, prints, paintings, and photographs.
The museum is open to Emory faculty, students, and staff on Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. To purchase the catalog and arrange for either curbside pickup or shipping, email the bookshop at
The Rev. Jenniner Bailey King Week 2021, Healing the Soul of the Nation, Frday, January 22, 3L00 p.m., Zoom
Video Recording - OSRL King Week Interfaith Event
"Healing the Soul of the Nation" with The Rev. Jennifer Bailey
On Friday, January 22, AME minister, interfaith leader, and founder of the Faith Matters Network (a Womanist-led organization equipping faith leaders and organizers), Rev. Jen spoke in a week marked both by the legacy of remembering The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement and the U.S. Presidential Inauguration.
Biden and Harris have spoken about “Healing the Soul of the Nation.” How might we do that? How might we heal ourselves as healers? And how do we promote public health in a time of pandemic COVID, racism, antisemitism, and many forms of discrimination and inequality?
Rev. Jen offered remarks and engaged in conversation with OSRL’s Dean of Religious Life Greg McGonigle and Jewish Chaplain Rabbi Jordan Braunig.
Additional MLK Programming and Opportunities 
Martin Luther King J. Lecture
ODEI Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture: Legacy and Responsibility
Thursday, January 28, 4:00-5:30 p.m. EST, Zoom
MAGGIE ANDERSON, JD, MBA - In 2009, global media covered Maggie Anderson, Congressman John Lewis’s former aide, President Barack Obama’s former law student, and a successful corporate executive, as she lived out her public pledge to “buy Black” only for an entire year. Her family was threatened, and her mother was dying of pancreatic cancer. She took this stand raising two babies and with no Black-owned grocery store.
Maggie’s historic year AKA “The Empowerment Experiment” (“EE”) resulted in an unprecedented amount of mainstream media, university, and corporate attention specifically on Black-owned businesses, systemic racism in the American economy, and economic inequality; tens of millions in revenue for and deposits into Black businesses and banks; a landmark Kellogg study proving 1 million jobs could be created if Black firms received a small increase in support; and her critically acclaimed book, “Our Black Year”. Register here
Beloved Community Protestant Worship
Emory Beloved Community is a nondenominational Protestant worship service for the campus community that gathers Sundays at 11:00 a.m. during the academic year in Cannon Chapel or online.

Melody Falter, Campus Minister
Melody Falter
Religious Life Affiliate, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
Beloved Community Protestant Worship
Sunday, January 31, 2021, 11:00 a.m. EST, Zoom, Register here
Preacher: Melody Falter, Religious Life Affiliate, InterVarsity Christian Felowship
Sermon Title: Because the World is Watching 
Melody Falter works with Emory InterVarsity Christian Fellowship's undergraduate chapters: Asian Christian Fellowship, Collegiate Black Christians, and Emory Christian Fellowship. Her interests are diverse, ranging from topics like environmental science and mental health to activities like playing music and sports. Being a people-person at heart, her jobs have always been relational in nature--including barista, piano instructor, dormitory assistant, and her current role mentoring Emory students in their faith journeys.
Melody's interest in human relationships drew her to a Psychology degree at Princeton University (class of 2016), where her undergraduate thesis examined the effect of morality frames on climate change communication. To learn more about the Emory InterVarsity ministry, please click here.
Sign up for Beloved Community Here
Graduate Interfaith Council Spring 2021
Virtual Meetings Times and Dates TBA
Welcome to Spring 2021 after the holidays. As we transition into a new semester, we also transition into new leadership at the federal level. Let’s pray together that the new administration will have the courage, resolve, and support to address the numerous hardships and challenges that press upon each of us in different ways. 
The Grad IFC will continue to meet virtually during the Spring 2021 semester. This is indeed a challenging time to be a graduate student, and it is admittedly difficult to build and cultivate community from scratch through virtual means.
Your feedback is welcome regarding your vision regarding what interfaith conversation entails, your interest, and your preferences for meeting this semester. Also, please respond to the survey below at your earliest convenience.
For more information contact Jason Cabitac here. To fill out the Spring 2021 Graduate Interfaith Council Survey, click here.
International Student Coffee Hour
Fridays starting January 29, 12:00-1:00 p.m. EST, Zoom
International Coffee Hour is a longstanding community-building tradition at Emory where international students and scholars can meet each other over a meal or drink, learn about resources, and network.
Coffee hour will be virtual this year, and we are excited to still offer this as a time to pause and relax as a community, connect with one another, and learn about the many resources available for internationals at Emory. Feel free to drop in with any questions, concerns, just to connect with other students, scholars, and staff.
To access the zoom meeting, click here.
Upcoming Programs
Schmooze N Schmear
Thursdays starting January 28, 11:00 a.m -1:00 p.m. EST
RSVP deadline: Thursdays 11:00 a.m. EST
Join Emory Hillel for a socially distant time of schmoozing, eating bagels, and drinking coffee. We love our weekly catch-ups. You are welcome to stay to study and hang, or just grab your food before class.
To register click here. To follow us on Instagram, click here.
Tu Bishvat Succulent Planting
Thursday, January 28, 5:30-6:30 p.m. EST, Emory Hillel
RSVP deadline: Thursday, January 28, 5:30 p.m.
Emory Hillel is partnering with JNF to celebrate Tubishvat. Register for our event, come and pickup your plant, some paint, and join us via Zoom to plant and decorate all while discussing trees and nature.
There are so many ways to do your part this week. If you would like to plant a tree in Israel in honor of Tubishvat, register and find the Zoom link here. Sponsored by Emory Hillel. 
Happy Hour—Open House—Social    
Thursday, January 28, 6:00-7:00 p.m. EST, Zoom
You are invited to drop in for a chat with the Religion Department. Share some good news, make a toast, or just check out each others' pets. For more information, email Candice George by clicking here. To access the Zoom meeting, click here. Sponsored by the Religion Department.

Guidance Meditation and Discussion
Thursday, January 28, 6:00 p.m. EST, Zoom
This week, Emory Buddhist Club is pleased to welcome back Sensei Michael Elliston Roshi from the Atlanta Soto Zen Center. He is the spiritual leader of the Atlanta Soto Zen Center, as well as a member of the Soto Zen Buddhist Association (SZBA). Sensei will be leading a meditation and group discussion this Thursday. Our meetings are always free and open to the public. We welcome anyone, regardless of meditation experience or point of view. 
To access the Zoom meeting, click here. For more Buddhist practice offered in the Atlanta area, please click here.
Emory ACF Game Night
Thursday, January 28, 7:00-8:00 p.m. EST, Zoom
Take a break from syllabus week for some virtual gaming. We will be using the Houseparty app to compete in uno, head's up, karaoke, and more. The Zoom meeting ID is 688-621-103. We hope to see you there.
New Spring 2021 Weekly Prayer Call
Starts Wednesday, January 27, 8:00-8:30 p.m. EST, Zoom
The weekly prayer call is open to graduate students and led by Glenn.  For more information email Glenn here.
To access the Zoom meeting, click here.
Sponsored by Graduate Christian Fellowship. Everyone is welcome at our events, whatever your background, religious beliefs, or program of study. GCF is an affiliate chapter of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA.
Spring 2021 Small Group
Thursdays beginning January 28, 7:30 p.m. EST, Zoom
The topic is The New Testament in The Gospel of John. Click here to email Siv with any questions or concerns.
To access the Zoom meeting, click here.
Sponsored by Graduate Christian Fellowship. Everyone is welcome at our events, whatever your background, religious beliefs, or program of study. GCF is an affiliate chapter of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA.
Tu B'shvat Lullwater Hike                             Friday, January 29, 12:00-1:30 p.m. EST
Come celebrate Tu B'shvat at Emory's own Lullwater Preserve. In order to learn more about the plants around us in Atlanta, join us for a guided stroll through the park. We hope that everyone will find a way to reflect on and connect to the nature that we see every day. To register, click here.
Hosted by Karen of Emory Hillel.
Bible Study
Friday, January 29, 8:00-9:00 p.m. EST, Zoom
Wind down from the week with some Bible study, discussion, and fellowship. Our advisor, Margo Bagley, will be leading. We will be hosting the study through ACF United, meaning ACF chapters from other schools in Georgia and Tennessee will be attending. We will resume our normal study time the following week. This is a great way to connect and worship with new people. The Zoom ID is 976-2302-3141.


Undergraduate Virtual Spring Student Activities Fair
Monday, February 1-Thursday, February 4, 1:00-3:00 p.m. daily, Zoom
Are you looking for something new to try this semester? Do you want to get a better feel of the school happenings? Then come to the undergraduate virtual spring student activities fair! Join with meeting ID 926-6414-4351. Learn more here
Outdoor Dinner
Wednesday, February 3, 6:00 p.m. Eastern, 2059 Lavista Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30329
Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) will be having an outdoor, socially distanced dinner on Wednesday, February 3 at 6:00 p.m. You can grab a Chic-fil-a boxed dinner and go, or hang out for a while at the back parking lot of the Intown Community Church. Don’t forget to dress for the weather. Text Merrianna (864.612.6160) to RSVP and if you need a ride.

First Friday Virtual Dinner
Friday, February 5, 7:00 p.m. EST, Zoom
Join Emory Graduate Christian Fellowship for our first Friday night dinner of Spring 2021 semester, where you can connect with new and returning graduate students at Emory. For questions email us here.
To access the Zoom meeting, click here.
Sponsored by Graduate Christian Fellowship.
Everyone is welcome at our events, whatever your background, religious beliefs, or program of study. GCF is an affiliate chapter of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA. 

University Catholic Center
University Catholic Center Updates
Learn more about the University Catholic Center here and see their full bulletin here
  • Catholic Student Union 2021 Leadership Application
    Help us lead our community closer to Christ. Are you a student interested in supporting the work of the Catholic community at Emory University during 2021? Apply for an Executive Board or Committee Head position here.

  • Game Night
    Tuesdays, 6:00-7:00 p.m., Zoom
    Looking for something fun to do or need a break from your studies? Come hang out and play games with us. Jackbox and other video games, card games and board games, and trivia. Join us by clicking here.

  • Hot Takes Happy Hour
    Wednesdays, 6:00- 7:00 p.m., Zoom
    Welcome to Hot Takes Happy Hour, a time to unpack and decompress difficult and potentially controversial topics in a faith-centered atmosphere. To join, please click here.

  • SEEK21 RETREAT at Emory
    Thursday, February 4-Sunday, February 7
Come see, hear and encounter the SEEK21 Retreat. It is a one-of-a-kind event where thousands gather as small groups to ask big questions about joy, peace, hope, and salvation. 
Set aside the distractions and enter a space alongside thousands of others who are seeking a new encounter with the Lord, a new chance to pursue holiness, a new moment for our Church. Come away knowing Jesus Christ and have the confidence and tools to share and live the Gospel in your day-to-day life. Sign up at the University Center here.
Off Campus Programs
Anti-Racism as a Spiritual Practice: Season Two
Anti-Racism as a Spiritual Practice: Season Two
Wednesdays starting January 27, 3:00 p.m. EST, online
Religion News Service (RNS) announces the launch of the second season of "Anti-Racism as a Spiritual Practice" with Simran Jeet Singh. We believe that racial justice work is as much about inner excavation as it is about social activism. This show aims to facilitate both. In each episode, we will bring in an expert to speak about a particular aspect of racism, their own experiences with it, and what wisdom they can offer as we all seek to navigate these in our own lives and communities.
Episodes are scheduled for 3:00 p.m. EST on Wednesdays. To view previous episodes and learn more, click here.
Insurrection, White Supremacy, and Religion
Friday, January 29, 12:00 p.m. EST, Webinar
Religion figured centrally in the January 6, 2021, siege of the US Capitol, revealing yet again the entanglement of white supremacy and public religion in American politics. Images of the cross, the Bible, and prayers in the Senate chamber show how religiosity was intertwined with the attempt to overturn the election. This free webinar examines the connections among religion, white supremacy, and the attempts to delegitimize the results of the 2020 presidential election, describing the interplay between Christian nationalism, conspiracy theories, and anti-Black racism.
Visit the AAR website for registration, Facebook livestream information, and more detailed bios of participants. This event is open to AAR members and non-members.
Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta
Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta - Weekly Enewsletter
The Regional Council of Churches Weekly Church Action eNewsletter contains events, volunteer opportunities, and resources of interest to the faith community. We welcome submissions from the community. Past issues are here. Below are a few highlights from this week's edition:
  • New American Pathways Volunteer Orientation
    February 4, February 20, March 4, or March 20, 11:00 a.m. Eastern, Zoom
New American Pathways helps refugees and Georgia thrive. Signing up for Volunteer Orientation is the first step to become a volunteer. To sign up, please click here.
Peace, Compassion, and Kindness: A Contemplative Series
Wednesdays, 12:00-12:30 p.m. EST, Zoom
Interfaith Atlanta-Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta (FAMA) offers a weekly 30-minute midday respite time with a focus on peace, compassion and kindness. Join this virtual contemplative program that seeks to provide sanctity and perspective in today’s world.
To access the Zoom meeting, please click here. The passcode is 060135.
Building Bridges Through Faith
Wednesday, February 3, 7:00 p.m. EST
In recognition of World Interfaith Harmony Week, the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center in collaboration with Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta and Interfaith Youth Core is pleased to present, “Building Bridges Through Faith.”
Join us for a conversation with Dr. Eboo Patel and interfaith leaders on the importance of interfaith cooperation in bringing peace, harmony and tolerance to our communities.
Being Black and Buddhist
Thursday, February 4, 1:00 p.m. EST, Webinar
What does being Black and Buddhist tell us about chaplaincy?  Harvard Divinity School pastoral care professor Cheryl A. Giles, Psy.D., Buddhist teacher Lama Rod Owens, M.Div., and pastoral counselor Pamela Ayo Yetunde, Th.D., are all Harvard-connected educated writers who contributed to Giles’s and Yetunde’s co-edited Black and Buddhist: What Buddhism Can Teach Us About Race, Resilience, Transformation and Freedom.
In this webinar, Giles (co-editor of The Arts of Contemplative Care), Owens (Love and Rage), and Yetunde (Buddhist-Christian Dialogue, U.S. Law, and Womanist Theology for Transgender Spiritual Care) will offer insights from their experiences in the spiritual/pastoral care field, as well as intersectional insights from their practices in Buddhism, writing, and teaching. To register, please click here. - Weekly Newsletter
The newsletter shares information regarding special events, Buddhist books, mediation classes, scholarships, movies, and many more. Below are highlights from this week.
  • A Conversation with Ajahn Jayasāro: How Can the Buddha's Teachings Inform Contemporary Education?
    Monday, February 8, 10:30 p.m. EST, Zoom
Come hear Ajahn Jayasāro’s insights and reflections on Buddhist education and its relevance for the modern world in an interview format.  Born in England, Ajahn Jayasāro is now one of the most respected monks in Thailand and a spiritual advisor to several K-12 schools. Email us for the Zoom link.
  • The BIPOC Zoom Meditation Group                                                                                      The Second and Fourth Mondays Each Month, 7:00 p.m. EST
    For question email Brenda Collins here. To access the Zoom meeting, click here (meeting ID 821-3377-8570).
Religion, Race, and Slavery in the Americas Lecture Series
Tuesday, February 9, 4:30 p.m. EST, Zoom
What to the Slave is Religion?: Women, Race, and Reproduction in the Definition of a Category.
Alexis Wells-Oghoghomeh Assistant Professor in the Religious Studies department at Vanderbilt University.  She is a historian of African-American religion and her teaching and research examine the religiosity of enslaved people in the South, religion in the African Atlantic, and women’s religious histories.   
She received her B.A. in English from Spelman College, and Master of Divinity and Ph.D. from Emory University.
Zoom Registration required; please click here.
The 2021 Atlanta Jewish Film Festival Lineup
Wednesday, February 17-28, 2021
The 2021 Atlanta Jewish Film Festival lineup has been revealed, featuring TIJS faculty. This year, viewers will be able to stream the films from home, watch questions and answer sessions online, and even attend select drive-in events.
Emory faculty continue to be involved, with Professor Hazel Gold serving as co-chair of the Evaluation Committee, and Professor Jonathan Crane as co-chair of Guest Programming. Crane was recently featured on AJFF's podcast in the episode "Be Our Guest.".
Featured films and TIJS faculty include:
  • Adventures of a Mathematician, featuring Guest Speaker Paul Wolpe (Director, Center for Ethics, TIJS Affiliated Faculty)
  • Asia, featuring Guest Speaker Matthew Bernstein (Goodrich C. White Professor and Chair of Film and Media Studies, TIJS Affiliated Faculty)
  • Here We Are, questions and answer session featuring guest speaker Matthew Bernstein
The above is based on currently available information and subject to change. For tickets and more information, please click here.
The Ripple 2021 Intersectional Interfaith Conference
Friday, February 19-Saturday, February 20, Virtual
The Ripple Conference is an annual, student-led, interfaith conference for undergraduate students and those who work with them. It is usually hosted at Elon University by the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life. This year, thanks to virtual meeting options, we have had the opportunity to expand our planning team to several campuses, with the aim to grow interfaith relationships and provide students and educators space to become interfaith leaders.
Information to apply, lead a session, and contribute to the conference in other ways is available on our website by clicking here. Students interested in leading small groups or educational breakout sessions please contact the conference email, the coordinator's email, or the executive director's email.
Registration is open now by clicking here, with early bird pricing available until the end of this month. There is also group pricing information available for 6+ on a campus.
Tung Lin Kok Yuen Buddhist Art: Online Lecture Series
February 23, February 25, March 1, and March 3, 6:30-8:30 p.m. HKT, Zoom
You are invited to a series of four lectures on the ins and outs of Buddhist art. Attendees worldwide will convene in a virtual Zoom space to learn from Prof. Osmund Bopearachchi (Adjunct Professor of Central and South Asian Art, Archaeology, and Numismatics, University of California) and Dr. Amy Heller (Lecturer with Institute for Science of Religion and Central Asian Studies, University of Bern). Topics include Gandhāran art, Kandyan period murals, and Tibetan archaeology.
For more information about each lecture and detailed bios of our speakers, please click here.
Organized by HKU Centre of Buddhist Studies. Sponsored by Tung Lin Kok Yuen (東蓮覺苑).

Partner Programs
Dooley After Dark Spring '21 Events
January-May 2021, Virtual Events
Dooley After Dark has a chock-full calendar this semester. All events are free and open to Emory students. Please check the Dooley After Dark orgSync portal for more information and Zoom links to our virtual events. We hope to see you soon.

Creating Communitas: African American Doll Bloggers Animate Black Dolls as Sites of Signification
Monday, February 1, 12:00-2:00 p.m. EST
Our next speaker, Dr. Paulette Richards, will discuss and explore the work of three African American artists who maintained doll blogs and animated their dolls in short video narratives between 2010 and 2015. Although puppetry usually excludes dolls on the grounds that dolls are ostensibly for static display or private play while puppets are animated in performances before an audience, these videos are significant as instances of African American object performance.  
By focusing on adult women of color who not only collect, but also play with dolls, this analysis extends girlhood studies, which, as a sub-discipline of gender studies, has approached doll play from historical, anthropological, and psychological perspectives (Bernstein 2011, Chin 1999, Forman-Brunell 2012) at a time when the future of live theater is uncertain.
All events are free, but registration is required. Please register here. Once registered, you will receive the Zoom link.
The 2021 Pellom McDaniels Sports History Lecture Series: Bigger Than Sports
Thursday, February 4, 4:30 p.m. EST
The lecture is a timely discussion about sports, politics, and African American history. Following the conversation, panelists and award-winning writers Howard Bryant and William C. Rhoden will answer questions from the audience.
Register here to be entered into a prize raffle.

The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students 
Thursday, February 4, 5:00-6:00 p.m., Zoom
Dr. Anthony Jack, sociologist and Assistant Professor of Education at Harvard University, is transforming the way we address diversity and inclusion in education. His new book, The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges are Failing Disadvantaged Students, reframes the conversation surrounding poverty and higher education. The event is free for all Emory students, faculty, staff, and alumni and will be held via Zoom. To participate, please register here. For more information, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Affairs here.
Understanding Race as a Global Concept: Power, Access, and Policy
Friday, February 5, 12:00-1:30 p.m. EST
What is race? How can we start developing a shared understanding of race as a global concept? What are the theoretical and experiential definitions of race? How are concepts of race constructed in different parts of the world and how does race affect various power structures and interact with other identities? This event will launch the multi-institutional Race Beyond Borders initiative and offer a first step in bringing multiple stakeholders and diverse voices together to begin a dialogue and process of inquiry. We will work on establishing terminology and language. It will lead to a shared understanding and direction for fostering equity and justice in all aspects of life, in Atlanta and beyond. For more information, please click here.
Sponsored by Race Beyond Borders. We are a coalition of Greater Atlanta area higher education institutions, non-profits, and Atlanta Mayor’s Office of International Affairs.
Black Women, Black Love
Thursday, February 11, 7:00-8:00 p.m., Zoom
This is an analysis of social history to examines the complex lineage of America's oppression of Black companionship. According to the 2010 U.S. census, more than seventy percent of Black women in America are unmarried. The book reveals how four centuries of laws, policies, and customs have created that crisis.
Author Dianne Stewart begins in the colonial era, when slave owners denied Blacks the right to marry, divided families, and, in many cases, raped enslaved women and girls. Later, during Reconstruction and the ensuing decades, violence split up couples again as millions embarked on the Great Migration north, where the welfare system mandated that women remain single in order to receive government support. For more information contact Daniela Medina by email here and by phone at 404-727-0070. To register click here.
Lunar New Year Celebration
Friday, February 12, 3:00-4:00 p.m. EST
ISSS invites you to February's Global Community Connections event, which is a Lunar New Year Celebration. Come learn how Lunar New Year is celebrated around the world, try to win a prize during the trivia game and learn how to cook traditional cuisine.
Please register by Wednesday, February 10 by clicking here.

Healing from Our Two Traumas, the 17 Annual Hamilton E. Holmes Memorial Lecture
Wednesday, February 17, 5:00-6:00 p.m., Zoom
During 2020 we weathered the effects of COVID-19 and heard "a cry for racial justice some 400 years in the making." Our guest lecturers, Dr. Kevin L. Gilliam II 09MR and Dr. Iesha Galloway-Gilliam 10MR will join us from Minneapolis where they stood together on the front lines of both. 
Please join the Office of the Dean and the Office of Multicultural Affairs in this conversation facilitated by Dr. Nancy DeSousa, Assistant Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Learner Diversity Programs for Graduate Medical Education. Questions from the participants will be accepted. Together we will celebrate what we have accomplished and recommit to the work of healing from our two traumas. 
To access the Zoom meeting, click here.
Opportunities and Resources
Emory Votes Notes - Newsletter Highlights
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Highlights include:
  • Georgia Civic Campus Network Student Ambassadors
    Create social media content about Georgia politics for cash and prizes. The Georgia Civic Campus Network is looking for student ambassadors right now, during the state’s legislative session. Send your resumé and social media information to

  • Emory Conversation Project
    What better time to try out the Emory Conversation Project, dedicated to helping students facilitate productive and positive dialogues across campus and run by Emory’s Barkley Forum. Join the conversation. Dialogue to spark change, create safe spaces, and find mutual understanding. If you are interested in learning skills to aid in having fruitful conversations, then ECP is the place for you. Click here to apply. The deadline was January 14, but we always welcome new participants.

  • Inauguration Day Poetry
    Amanda Gorman wasn't the only poet to birth a new creation for January 20. That morning the New York Times published “Inaugural” by Jericho Brown, Emory’s Pulitzer-winning poet and professor of English and creative writing, in both audio and text forms. 

    Click here to read the full version of this Emory Votes Notes issue.
Body Kindness Spring 2021 Seminar
Fridays, 1:00 p.m. EST
The Body Kindness seminar is a 13-week program based on the book, "Body Kindness" by Rebecca Scritchfield, RDN. Each week, the group meets for 45 minutes to discuss, share, and work through topics, including - but not limited to - nutrition, developing kindness towards ourselves and our bodies, breaking ties to diet culture, creating a healthy relationship with food, and building self-compassion to help us live longer, more positive lives.
Sign up is now open through Thursday, January 28.
To learn more and sign up, please click here. Sponsored by Emory Student Health Services. 
2021 Steiner Summer Yiddish Program
Sunday, May 30-Friday, July 16
Application deadline: Sunday, February 7, 11:59 p.m. EST
Now in its fourth decade, the Steiner Summer Yiddish Program offers motivated students the opportunity to immerse themselves in Yiddish language and culture. Participants study with renowned scholars and build a community of yidishkayt in a supportive residential setting.
For questions contact Phoenix Wyatt, Steiner Summer Yiddish Program Coordinator, here. To apply, click here.
Let’s Talk Drop-In Consultation Service
Let’s Talk Drop-In Consultation Service
Let’s Talk is an informal, free, confidential, consultation service that is being offered to graduate and professional students in Laney Graduate School, School of Law, School of Medicine, School of Nursing, Rollins School of Public Health, and Candler School of Theology. Let’s Talk allows students to speak with a clinician and receive support for any challenge they may be experiencing. Let’s Talk is NOT a substitute for formal counseling but can be used to receive short-term support and resources. Visit the CAPS website to learn more about Let's Talk and find out when and where you can speak with a consultant under the "Let’s Talk Drop-In Consultation Service" tab.
Black Undergrad Student Support Group
Wednesdays, 4:30 p.m. EST
This drop-in group is a virtual space held for Emory undergraduate students who hold identities within the Black/African diaspora. If you are interested in engaging in dialogue about your experiences as a Black student at Emory and/or your experiences as a Black-identified individual within the current sociopolitical climate, we welcome you to attend this support group.
To sign up, email here and here. Sponsored by Emory Counseling and Psychological Services. 
Clarkston Community Center
We are currently accepting non-perishable food items to families in need here in DeKalb County. If you can provide useful food items please bring those items to the center located at
3701 College Avenue, Clarkston, GA 30021. View the Amazon wishlist here
Learn more about opportunities for compassion in Atlanta on the Compassionate Atlanta newsletter here
Leadership Coaching
Applications are not necessary, simply complete our online interest form, and we will provide more information. This program is for everyone: those who have never considered leadership, new leaders, students who have positions on or off campus and students who do not have a campus position. All are welcome.
The goal is to help provide you with targeted coaching to initiate or improve your leadership skills to effectively lead groups. You will meet with a leadership coach one hour per week for 5 weeks.
Sign up now by clicking here. Sponsored by SILT. 
Personal Prayer Spaces on Campus - Spring 2021
Communal religious practices are happening virtually or off-campus this semester. Cannon Chapel, the university chapel on the Quad, is closed for communal spiritual gatherings. However, there are small prayer spaces around campus that are available for individual prayer and meditation. To see a list of those spaces, please click here or below. 
For questions, please contact
Weekly Gatherings
Weekly Religious and Philosophical Gatherings
While this is a year unlike any other, there are a plethora of weekly religious and philosophical gatherings offered at Emory. Many of them are listed here
Can't find what you are looking for? Check out our Fall 2020 Orientation page with videos and contact information for many of our religious and philosophical organizations. You can also directly contact many of our undergraduate and graduate communities directly or contact our religious life affiliates and OSRL staff.
For questions, or to add an item to our weekly gatherings page, please email
Upcoming Religious Holidays and Festivals
These events are drawn from the multifaith calendar maintained by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life at Harvard Divinity School. To see more upcoming religious holidays and festivals, please click here.
Tu B'Shevat
Wednesday, January 27
Tradition: Judaism
A day when trees are planted in celebration of ecological awareness.
Saturday, January 30
Tradition: Zoroastrianism
A mid-winter festival to honor fire and defeat the forces of darkness, frost, and cold.
Monday, February 1
Tradition: Wicca/Paganism
The first fertility festival, celebrating the approach of spring and the growth of light in the darkness.
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