Religions and the Human Spirit

Star of David, Congregation Shearith Israel, Atlanta

Coptic Cross, Cairo Mosque, Cairo Buddha, Carlos Museum, Atlanta Durga, Carlos Museum, Atlanta


Contemplative Studies

Religion, Society
& the Arts


Religion, Society and the Arts



Faculty will join together across the University – including those in religion, theology, performing arts, visual arts, literature, political science, anthropology, and the Carlos Museum – in collaborative teaching, research, student internships, and public programming at the intersection of religion, society and the arts. The initiative will feature performances, readings, exhibits, lectures, and a new website in a “Synergy Series” of programs. These will include a focus on “Religion and Society: Ancient and Modern” to show how scholarship on religion and society in antiquity illuminates these relationships in the world today.

In collaboration with the Carlos Museum's "Five Faiths Interdisciplinary Initiative," The Religion, Society, and the Arts planning committee will develop partnerships and programs designed to explore the history, social context, and artistic influence of the world’s religions through exhibitions and interdisciplinary programming in the arts and humanities.  Symposia and conferences will facilitate dialogue about faith traditions expressed through art, music, dance, theater, and literature.  Upcoming exhibitions at the Carlos Museum include:

Scripture for the Eyes:
Bible Illustration in the Sixteenth-Century Netherlands
Fall 2009

The Carlos Museum has developed a new series of podcasts in which works of art in the Museum's collections spark conversations between members of Emory faculty from a variety of disciplines. Several faculty members whose scholarly areas of research relate to the intersection of art and religion have participated in the series. Visit to hear discussions about the Indian goddess Durga, the role of meditation in Tibetan Buddhism and other fascinating topics.



Joyce Flueckiger
Carol Lakey Hess (on leave)


Elizabeth Hornor,; 404-727-6118
Catherine Howett Smith,, 404-727-6117



Department of Religion
Graduate Division of Religion
School of Theology
Emory College
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Carlos Museum
Flannery O'Connor Letters
Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia 30322