Dr. David Bell joined the university faculty senate, representing the Religious Studies Department within the College of Arts and Sciences at GSU. He was also named affiliate faculty with the Institute for Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.
Dr. Ashlyn Strozier was selected for the Wabash Centers 2022 Hybrid Teaching and Learning Workshop for Early Career Religion Faculty Teaching Undergraduates. She was also one of Georgia State University's 2022 Writing Across the Curriculum Course Development Grant. Dr. Strozier was also named affiliate faculty with the Institute for Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.
Dr. Andrew Walker-Cornetta presented a paper at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion entitled “Praying the Child Different” as part of a panel he organized for the Childhood Studies and Religion Unit. He presented selections of a chapter about Flannery O’Connor’s second novel at the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University in St. Louis in the fall and presented some additional research at a conference hosted by Marquette University this spring. His paper was titled “‘It would be hard to live without the Lord’: Disability, Agency, and the Trouble with Religion.” He’ll continue my research this summer which will include trips to the archives of various religious orders in the Midwest and visits to O’Connor’s papers here in Georgia.
Dr. Monique Moultrie had two publications: “Standing In: Self-Determination, Power, and Faith Activism of Black Lesbian Religious Leaders” Review and Expositor. April 2022, “Interrogating the Passionate and Pious: Televangelism and Black Women’s Sexuality,” in The Sexual Politics of Black Churches, ed. Josef Sorett, The Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life Series, Columbia University Press, February 2022. She was named a Sankofa Scholar at Emory University, Candler School of Theology, and participated in the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning Journal of Teaching Writing Colloquy in January 2022. This spring, she also joined the LGBTQ-RAN Board of Directors. In March, she participated in the Women Leading Change convention, a two-day virtual convening of women driving change through faith around the world, sponsored by The Rockefeller Foundation and The Brooking Institute. Dr. Moultrie also spoke on the Getting Common Podcast on The Modern Role of the Black Church in April. She will serve as a panelist at the Biennial Conference on Religion and American Culture at Indiana University, IUPUI.
Dr. Molly Bassett has facilitated a series of conversations about building sustaining/sustainable relationships among BA-only and stand-alone MA Religious Studies programs at public universities in the Southeast. Faculty, students, and alumni from Louisiana State, Appalachian State, Middle Tennessee State, and UNC-Charlotte participated in the conversations, and Dr. Kenny Smith, LSU faculty and GSU alumnus was co-PI on the grant. The group’s work will conclude in early summer with a report to AAR that shares the sample recruitment materials and suggests “best practices” for other campuses interested in building similar relationships. In late April, Dr. Bassett presented research at the annual meeting of the Association of Nahuatl Scholars at Harvard University. She discussed the relationship between difrasismos, a linguistic structure in Nahuatl, and Mexica-Aztec tlaquimilolli, “sacred bundles.”