Grady Medical Ethicist to Present Talk

The Department of Religious Studies is pleased to present Jason Lesandrini, Medical Ethicist with Grady Health Systems, who will engage the public in a free forum titled:

Lessons in Dying: A Conversation with Grady Hospital’s Medical Ethicist on Religion, Ethics, and End-of-Life Care

DateTime: Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 5:00 PM
Place: 100 Auburn Avenue Building (at the corner of Auburn Avenue and Courtland Street)

In his role as Ethicist at Grady Health Systems, Mr. Lesandrini provides clinical ethics consultation, ethics-based organizational policy analysis, and ongoing ethics education and programming to Grady Health Systems staff and medical personnel.  His academic background is in health care ethics and philosophy. He holds a Master’s degree in Philosophy from Georgia State University and a Bachelor’s in Philosophy from Michigan State University, and he will soon receive his Doctorate in Health Care Ethics from St. Louis University. His research interests include decision making for incapacitated patients, ethics at the end-of-life, health care resource allocation, and the work of ethics resources in clinical and organizational ethics.

Mr. Lesandrini has worked at numerous health institutions across the country including the Veterans Health Administration and St. Johns Mercy in St. Louis, MO. He served as the ethicist for the Mass Fatality planning commission for the State of Georgia and currently holds an adjunct faculty appointment in the Physician’s Assistant program at Mercer University. He has conducted numerous workshops and presentations on issues of ethics for academic audiences and to health care administrators, providers, patients and the lay public. His research interests include decision making for incapacitated patients, ethics at the end-of-life, health care resource allocation, and the work of ethics resources in clinical and organizational ethics.

This event is part of the Georgia State University Department of Religious Studies Religion and Public Life Program, which brings professionals in healthcare, business, education, politics, the media, and the arts into conversation with scholars of religion and ethics in order to tackle current issues and challenges facing metropolitan Atlanta.

The event is co-sponsored by the Jean Beer Blumenfeld Center for Ethics, the Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions, the School of Public Health, the Gerontology Institute, the Center for Law, Health & Society, the Religious Studies Student Forum, the Center for Ethics Student Forum, and the GSU chapter of Phi Sigma Tau.

Articles by Mr. Lesandrini, available through the University Libraries, include:


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Islamic Scholar to Present Talk

The Department of Religious Studies is proud to welcome Dr. Jamillah Karim, who will present a talk titled:

Between the Nation of Islam and Sunni Islam: Black Muslim Women Fight Racism and Engage the American Ummah

Date/Time: Wednesday, April 16, 1:30 pm -3:30 pm
Place: 34 Peachtree Building, 12th floor, Room 1207

Dr. Karim is an international lecturer in race, gender, and Islam in America. She specializes in Islam and Muslims in the United States (African American, South Asian and Arab), Islamic Feminism, Race and Ethnicity, and Immigration and Transnational Identity.  She received her doctorate in Islamic Studies from Duke University where she also did her undergraduate work in electrical engineering.  She was formerly Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Spelman College. Her latest book, to be published in July by New York University Press, is titled Women of the Nation: Between Black Protest and Sunni Islam.

Other publications by Jamillah Karim, available in the University Library, include:

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Recent Research by Sociology Professor Acosta

GSU Sociology Professor Katie Acosta

GSU Sociology Professor Katie Acosta

Meet Professor Katie Acosta, who joined the GSU Sociology Department faculty this past academic year.

According to her website, Dr. Acosta’s “areas of interest and expertise include Latina/o sexuality, gender, immigration, family and race and ethnicity” and she “frequently teach[es] Race and Ethnic Relations, Race in the Americas, and Gender and Sexuality.”  Her recent book, Amigas y Amantes: Sexually Nonconforming Latinas Negotiate Family, available in the GSU University Library, “explores the experiences of lesbian, bisexual and queer Latinas and how these women negotiate family.”

Check out some of Dr. Acosta’s recent publications:book cover

Welcome to GSU, Dr. Acosta!

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Mustafa Akyol to Deliver Lectures

Georgia State University is proud to welcome author and commentator Mustafa Akyol, who will deliver two talks on campus. Both talks are free and open to the public.

The Future of Islamism: Lessons from Tunisia, Egypt, and Turkey
Mr. Akyol’s first talk, in which he will compare and analyze the different routes of Islamism, will be delivered as a part of the Hellen Ingram Plummer Lecture series. The Plummer Lecture is the College of Arts & Sciences’ annual endowed lecture, featuring noted scholars, scientists, artists and performers who have made notable contributions to their fields of achievement and to society at large. The lecture was endowed in 1999 in honor of late Atlanta arts patron Hellen Ingram Plummer.

  • Date/Time: Thursday, April 17, 11:00am
  • Place: Speaker’s Auditorium, Student Center, 33 Courtland Street
  • Registration

Islam Without Extremes: Reading and Lecture
Akyol’s second talk is a reading and lecture on his most recent book Islam Without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty. The talk is sponsored by the CENCIA, Georgia State University Center for Collaborative and International Arts. Co-sponsors include, the center for Collaborative Scholarship in the Humanities, the Georgia Humanities Council, the Confucius Institute, the Asian Studies Program, the Office of International Initiatives, the College of Arts & Sciences Dean’s Office, the College of Arts & Sciences International Programs, the Political Science Honor Society, and the Honors College.

  • Date/Time: Friday, April 18, 11:00am
  • Place: Centennial Hall Auditorium, 100 Auburn Avenue
  • Registration

Mustafa Akyol studied political science and history at the Bogaziçi University in Istanbul, where he still lives. He is a columnist for two Turkish newspapers, Hürriyet Daily News, Turkey’s foremost English-language daily, and Al-Monitor, “the Pulse of the Middle East.” He writes a regular column for a Turkish-language daily, Star as well. In addition, he has had articles published in Foreign Affairs, Newsweek, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the International Herald Tribune and many other journals and newspapers. His 2011 TED talk, “Faith Versus Tradition in Islam,” has nearly 800,000 views to date. He became a contributing opinion writer for the International New York Times in the fall of 2013.

To learn more about Islamism in Tunisia, Egypt, and Turkey, check out some of the following books available in the University Library:

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Celebrate National Library Week!

National Library Week imageHelp the Georgia State University Library celebrate National Library Week this April 13th-19th!

Are you a Twitter-er?  Give the GSU University Library some props and use the hashtag #gsulibrary!

Or, if your props need more than 140 characters, add them to the @ your library story collection!

Or maybe post a library quote to our GSU University Library facebook page – some library quotes here!

Or, do all three – we won’t complain! :-)

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” ~ Jorge Luis Borges

Image: Students images from the GSU Digital Asset Library; National Library Week images from the American Library Association.

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Scholarly Impact Workshops for Faculty and Graduate Students: April 15-17

The final set of scholarly impact workshops for the semester will be held next Tuesday-Thursday from 4:00-5:30pm in Classroom 2 for Arts & Humanities, Sciences, and Social Sciences. Click here to register for the workshop covering your discipline.

The content of the workshops will focus on the tools’ features and usage, specifically metrics and altmetrics for activity such as:

  • Promotion and tenure
  • Annual reports
  • Identifying top researchers

There will also be a general scholarly impact workshop on Tuesday, June 24 from 2-3:30 in Classroom 2 for all disciplines.    Click here to register for this workshop.

Additional services available through the library’s Scholarly Impact Program:

This emerging service addresses the library’s overall mission to support Georgia State University research and more specifically, one of its strategic initiatives: to use new, emerging, and established technologies to support the research, teaching, and learning of faculty and students.


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Christopher McMahon to Speak at Philosophy Colloquium

Dr. Christopher McMahon, Professor of Philosophy at the University of California Santa Barbara, will present a talk in the Department of Philosophy titled:

“Reasonableness and Legitimacy.”

Date/Time: April 12, 3:00 PM
Location: 34 Peachtree Street Building, 11th floor Conference Room

Dr. McMahon’s talk is sponsored by the Jean Beer Blumenfeld Center for Ethics and is a part of the Department of Philosophy’s ongoing colloquium series, which brings leading scholars from across the fields of philosophy to the Georgia State University campus to present their work to faculty and students.

Recent publications by Dr. McMahon, available at the University Library, include:

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40th Anniversary of Hank Aaron’s Record Breaking Home Run

Forty years ago, on April 8, 1974, Atlanta Brave Hank Aaron set the then all-time career record for home runs in Major League Baseball. The record was a significant personal

Hank Aaron's record-setting home run swing at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, April 8, 1974. Copyright Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Courtesy Georgia State University Library.

accomplishment by one of baseball’s all-time great players and represented enormous change in Atlanta and the whole country.

The Milwaukee Braves moved here in 1966, making Atlanta the first “major league” city in the Southeast. Jackie Robinson had broken pro sports’ “color line” less than two decades before and the Civil Rights Movement was still a controversial topic in Atlanta and Georgia. The city has changed significantly over the past half century, with professional sports as both a reflection and an agent of that change. The Braves have been part of the physical reshaping of the city as well as – in being the cornerstone of Ted Turner’s broadcasting empire – the evolution of business in Atlanta.

Hank Aaron’s record-breaking 1974 swing has been called “the home run that changed America.” An African American born in segregated Alabama, Aaron started his career playing Negro League Baseball and became the first African American sports superstar in the South. In setting the career home run mark (surpassed by Barry Bonds in 2006), he eclipsed the record of Babe Ruth, the white New York Yankees star and one of the most famous athletes of the 20th century.

Baseball and Atlanta broadcasting: Phil Schaefer interviewing Hank Aaron on WSB Radio, 1960s. WSB Records, Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library

Now 80 years old, Aaron has remained a fixture in Atlanta and Major League Baseball. In addition to the cultural symbolism of his 1974 achievement, he is honored for his personal character and, of course, great athletic skill. At Turner Field tonight, the Braves will celebrate Hank Aaron and the anniversary with a ceremony before the season’s opening home game.

The Library’s Digital Collections contains documentation of Atlanta’s social, cultural, and physical changes, with highlights from the Atlanta-Journal Constitution Photographic Archive, and resources on broadcasting history and city planning in Atlanta. There are plenty of other Hank Aaron images, too.

Resources on baseball and Hank Aaron in the GSU Library collections include:


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2014 American Lecture in the History of Religions

Dr. Catherine L. Albanese, J. F. Rowny Professor Emerita of the University of California, Santa Barbara will present a lecture at Georgia State University titled:

From Methodism to Mind Cure: The Evangelical Origins of New Thought

Day/Time: April 11, 3:30-5:00
Place: 8th Floor Arena of the Sun Trust Building, 25 Park Place
Abstract: “The lecture offers an untold story of the origins of New Thought to be set alongside the standard narrative of its liberal and radical religious roots. The lecture begins with spiritualism and notices the prominence of Methodists at the beginning of that movement. It also looks to the perfectionist theology that characterized many Methodists as well as fellow travelers. For some of them, perfected humans should be able to communicate with spirits and, later, even to use their minds to effect cures. The Methodist and evangelical trajectory leads then to prominent leaders in the New Thought movement. Meanwhile, the prosperity gospel in both  New Thought and evangelical quarters suggests their connection, as does the New Thought practice of tithing.”

Catherine L. Albanese is the author of the award-winning book A Republic of Mind and Spirit: A Cultural History of American Metaphysical Religion (Yale, 2007), Nature Religion in America: From the Algonkian Indians to the New Age (Chicago, 1990), the textbook America, Religions and Religion (Wadsworth, 1999), and numerous other books and articles. She was the President of the American Academy of Religion in 1994.

The lecture is a part of the American Academy of Religion’s American Lectureship in the History of Religions series, which was established in 1891 to encourage path-breaking scholarship through a lecture and book series. This year’s lecture series is sponsored by Agnes Scott College, Emory University, Georgia State University, Mercer University, and Spelman College. A schedule of the other lectures in the series can be found on the website of the Department of Religious Studies.

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2013 Reed Fink Winner to present on April 14, 2014

Lane Windham, winner of the 2013 Reed Fink Award in Southern Labor History will present on her dissertation topic, “Knocking on Labor’s Door: Union Organizing and the Origins of the New Economic Divide (1968-1985)” on Monday, April 14. The presentation will take place in Georgia State University’s Department of History, 34 Peachtree Street NW, in lecture room 2131 at noon.

Windham is a former media outreach director of the AFL-CIO and is now pursuing her doctorate in U.S. history from the University of Maryland. She studies the history of how organized business has affected the U. S. political economy, and how the history of labor unions and class intersect with race, gender and the social welfare state in post-World War II U.S. history. Her dissertation asserts that workers were actively forming unions in the private-sector throughout the 1970s, and that they did so with momentum from the civil rights and women’s movements.

Her talk will cover how the U.S. forged today’s economic divide in the 1970s. Yet working men and women did not give up so easily.  They continued to try to form private-sector unions throughout the decade, gaining new momentum from the civil and women’s rights movements and knocking on labor’s door. Four case studies illuminate their struggles: the largest-NLRB election in the South, among Newport News, Virginia shipyard workers in 1978; campaigns in 1974 and 1985 by Cannon Mills textile workers in Kannapolis, North Carolina; the 1979 campaign among 5300 department store at Woodward & Lothrop in Washington, DC; and the women office worker’s group “9to5” in Boston who forged a new kind of labor organizing.

Applications for the 2014 Reed Fink Award in Southern Labor History are now being accepted; the deadline is May 15, 2014. The award is administered by the Southern Labor Archives.

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