Religious Studies News

UT, Amnesty International to Host Human Rights Week April 4-8

Sister Helen Prejean, the internationally known anti-death-penalty activist whose work was made into a Hollywood film, will speak at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, during Human Rights Week, April 4-8. The week’s events are sponsored by the UT Knoxville chapter of Amnesty International and the departments of Sociology and Religious Studies. The events will cover a variety of topics designed to bring awareness to human rights issues in the Knoxville community.

New Testament Scholar to Speak at UT Jan. 27

Renowned New Testament scholar Bart D. Ehrman of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill will kick off the newly-created David L. Dungan Memorial Lecture at 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, in the University Center auditorium at UT Knoxville. Ehrman’s lecture is titled “Does The New Testament Contain Forgeries? The Surprising Claims of Modern Scholars.”

Jazz for Justice to Hold ‘Blood Diamond’ Conference, Benefit Concert Oct. 1-2

The Jazz for Justice Project will host a conference at UT Knoxville on the impact of resource mining in Africa and a benefit concert for the people of northern Uganda this week. The conference on extractive industries in Africa, titled “Blood Diamonds, Blood Phones and the Devil’s Gold: Africa’s Resource Curse,” will be held on Thursday, Oct. 1, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Toyota Auditorium at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy. The conference is free and open to the public.