LAMP Lectures and Seminars

LAMP offers lectures, seminars and workshops throughout the academic year on topics related to global leadership, religious diversity, and multifaith understanding.

Barbara A. McGraw, "Interfaith Leadership as Transforming Leadership."

April 18, 2017, 5:00-6:00pm. Georgia Tech, Wardlaw Building Poole Board Room, 177 North Avenue NW, Atlanta, GA 30313.

Event Details: This event is free and open to the public. Register on site or in advance by contacting us at lamp [at] (subject: 4%2F18%20Registration, body: Please%20register%20me%20for%20%22Interfaith%20Leadership%20as%20Transformational%20Leadership%22%20on%20April%2018.) . Paid parking is available at Visitor Lot 1 on North Avenue, west of the Wardlaw Building. Park on the top level and use the pedestrian walkway to cross North Ave. More information is available on the Georgia Tech parking and transportation website.

Speaker Bio: Barbara A. McGraw is Professor of Social Ethics, Law, and Public life in the School of Liberal Arts and School of Economics and Business Administration at St. Mary’s College of California. She also directs the Center for Engaged Religious Pluralism at St. Mary’s. Dr. McGraw is editor of the prestigious Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Religion and Politics in the U.S. (2016).  She is lead co-editor (with Jo Renee Formicola) of Taking Religious Pluralism Seriously: Spiritual Politics on America's Sacred Ground, which is based on Dr. McGraw's earlier book entitled Rediscovering America’s Sacred Ground: Public Religion and Pursuit of the Good in a Pluralistic America.  She is also co-author (with Robert S. Ellwood) of Many Peoples, Many Faiths: Women and Men in the World Religions (2014). She holds a Juris Doctor Degree and a Ph.D. in Religion and Social Ethics, both from the University of Southern California.  Recipient of the Mahatma Gandhi Award for the Advancement of Religious Pluralism, Dr. McGraw also is a member of the Bar of the United States Supreme Court, an Affiliate of The Pluralism Project at Harvard University, and an activist for prison inmates' religious rights and for fair representation of the world's religions in California K-12 textbooks.

Abbas Barzegar, "Faith and Forced Migration: Muslim Humanitarianism in the Age of ISIS."

April 20, 2017, 1:00-2:15pm. Emory University, White Hall 112, 301 Dowman Dr., Atlanta, GA 30322.


Event Details: Prolonged conflict in the Middle East stemming from political instability and the rise of extremist violence has positioned Muslim aid and development organizations at the nexus of a number of key elements related to conflict resolution and post-conflict stabilization in the short, medium and long terms. As first-responders with broad and deep grass-roots networks, Muslim humanitarian groups are often gatekeepers for a range of transnational actors operating in and around conflict zones and are uniquely situated to provide relief to the most vulnerable victims of war and forced migration. Unfortunately, there is a deep mistrust between Muslim NGOs and those based in Western contexts which has resulted in little to no cooperation between agencies that might otherwise have tremendous impact if they worked together. In partnership with the British Council and The European Commission and through field research, policy dialogues, and organizational research, Dr. Barzegar has explored the reasons behind this impasse and trajectories for resolution over the last two years. In this public talk and discussion, he will share his findings and insights on how Muslim humanitarian and development agencies are operating in the current political climate of mutual fear and suspicion. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Co-sponsored with Emory University's Middle East and South Asian Studies Department, Graduate Division of Religion, and the Laney Legacy for Moral Leadership Program at Candler School of Theology. Visitor parking is available in the Peavine Parking Lot, 29 Eagle Row, Atlanta, GA 30322.

"Inclusive Leadership in Refugee Resettlement Workshop."

November 1-2, 2016

"Scaffolds for the Sacred: Interrogating the Role of Architecture in Generating Spiritual Experiences."

September 15, 2016, 12:00-6:30 P.M.

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"In Our Son's Name: Reconciliation in the Aftermath of Violence - Film Screening and Dinner Discussion with Filmmaker Gayla Jamiso"

September 8, 2016

"Dignity and Freedom: Gandhi, King, and Mandela."

April 4, 2016

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Dr. Keshavjee Honored With the Gandhi-King-Ikeda Award for Peace

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"Evolution and Faith: What Is at Stake?"

March 29, 2016

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