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Jan. 8, 2002
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Noted Sociologist Bellah to Speak on Marriage: Sacred or Obsolete?

Renowned sociologist Robert M. Bellah, co-author of the best-selling books "Habits of the Heart" and "The Good Society," will address "Marriage: Sacred Institution or Obsolete Tyranny?" at the annual Emory University Currie Lecture in Law and Religion at noon, Monday, Jan. 28. The lecture will be held in Emory Law School’s Tull Auditorium, 1301 Clifton Road, on the Emory campus.

Bellah, the Elliott Professor of Sociology Emeritus at the University of California at Berkeley, received the United States National Humanities Medal in 2000 for his contributions to illuminate the importance of community in American society. His work often addresses the tensions between individualism, a sense of community and social institutions as the dominant characteristics of contemporary American life.

In his lecture, Bellah will examine the importance of marriage as an institution and as a foundation of productive life that is in need of reform and renewal. He also will discuss why homosexuals should not be excluded from the individual and societal benefits of marriage.

Educated at Harvard University in sociology, anthropology and Eastern religions, Bellah began teaching at Harvard in 1957 and moved to Berkeley in 1967. Among his other books are "Beyond Belief," "The Broken Covenant" and "The New Religious Consciousness."

The Currie Lecture, an annual event of the law school’s Law and Religion Program, has featured internationally prominent scholars whose expertise encompasses a broad range of religious and legal issues.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call 404-727-5588.

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