DECATUR BOOK FESTIVAL SESSIONS
“Until We Reckon: Violence, Mass Incarceration, and a Road to Repair”
Xochitl Bervera, director of the Racial Justice Action Center, interviewed Danielle Sered about her book, Until We Reckon.
Watch the “Until We Reckon” conversation.
“Writing is the Way I Fight”: Celebrating the Life and Legacy of James H. Cone
Robert M. Franklin speaks with several of Cone’s students and colleagues, including Dr. Jacquelyn Grant, Dr. Elizabeth Bounds, Dr. Dianne Stewart, the Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock, and Dr. Dwayne Meadows.
Watch the discussion.
“You Deserve the Truth: Change the Stories that Shaped Your World and Build a World-Changing Life”
Author, TV host, and social critic Erica Williams Simon was interviewed by Melinda Weekes-Laidlow about her book “You Deserve the Truth.”
Watch the “You Deserve the Truth” conversation.
Decatur Book Festival Events, 2017 and 2018 (video only available for 2018 sessions)
“The End of White Christian America”
Robert P. Jones and AJC reporter Rosalind Bentley, in Conversation at the Decatur Book Festival.
“Lighting the Fires of Freedom: African American Women in the Civil Rights Movement”
Laney Professor of Moral Leadership Robert M. Franklin Jr. in conversation with Janet Dewart Bell, author of Lighting the Fires of Freedom: African American Women in the Civil Rights Movement (New Press, 2018).
Watch the “Lighting the Fires of Freedom” conversation.
“Raising Kids in White Supremacist America”
Discussion involving three authors: Ijeoma Oluo is the author of So You Want to Talk About Race (Seal, 2018), Jennifer Harvey is the author of Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America (Abingdon, 2018), and Beverly Daniel Tatum president emerita of Spellman College and author of “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?” And Other Conversations About Race (Hachette, 1997, 2017).
Watch the “Raising Kids in White Supremacist America” panel discussion.
Dr. Greg Ellison, Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling, Candler School of Theology, presented his book Fearless Dialogues, September 11, 2018. Watch the Greg Ellison interview.
OTHER PUBLIC EVENTS
Fall 2016 — November
In November, the program hosted a workshop on “Inclusive Leadership in Refugee Resettlement” in conjunction with the Annual Global Conference of the International Leadership Association (ILA). The event was planned jointly with leadership scholars from the Copenhagen Business School and the Lancaster University Management School who are working with European governments to address the social tensions accompanying the dramatic influx of refugees into Europe in recent years, and with refugee leaders in the Atlanta area. This event began on Tuesday evening with a film screening and panel discussion about “The Syrian Refugee Crisis in Atlanta and Beyond.” The following day’s workshop brought together local municipal and civic leaders, religious leaders, as well as scholars and seminary students. The morning session took place at the Clarkston Community Center, where participants met with Clarkston Mayor Edward “Ted” Terry and other local leaders for a discussion of “Refugee Leaders in a Changing Clarkston.”
Local leaders and international partners involved in panels, speaking, or leadership during this conference:
Satyam Barakoti, Owner, Durga Consulting
Leanne Rubenstein, Executive Director, Compassionate Atlanta
Mayor Edward “Ted” Terry, Clarkston, Georgia
Awaz Jabari, Partnership for Community Action
Heval Mohamed Kelli, MD, Katz foundation Fellow in Preventive Cardiology at Emory University, and Founder of the Young Physicians Initiative
Hussein Mohamed, Director, Sagal Radio Services
Omar Shekhey, Executive Director, Somali American Community Center
Skander M’Zzah, MD, Fulbright Scholar ’15, and MPH ’17, Rollins School of Public Health
Melanie Johnson, Lutheran Services of Georgia, Program Manager for Volunteer, Congregation and Community Engagement, Refugee and Immigration Services
Naji Haddad, Sr. Dir., International Strategy for Cox Automotive
Mark Olson, Volunteer Coordinator, Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, Marietta, GA
Eric Guthey, Associate Professor, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Steadman Harrison, III, Leadership Solutions Associate, Center for Creative Leadership
Stephen Kempster, Professor, Lancaster University Management School, UK
Iyabo Onipede, Lead Animator, Fearless Dialogues
Spring 2017 — April
On April 5, 2017, the Laney Moral Leadership program hosted a film screening of the new documentary film, “An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story,” at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library in Atlanta. A panel discussion about Reinhold Niebuhr’s life, legacy, and meaning in today’s world followed the screening. Panelists included Martin Doblmeier, the film’s director; Elizabeth M. Bounds, associate professor of Christian ethics at Candler; Raphael Warnock, senior pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta; and Shaun Casey, senior fellow at Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and former director of the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Religion and Global Affairs. Mark Douglas, professor of Christian ethics at Columbia Theological Seminary, moderated the discussion. The event reached an in-person audience of about 100 people, and more than 3,000 via an online livestream of the panel discussion.
Fall 2018 — October
For Such a Time as This: Ministry at the Midterms (and Beyond)
This 90-minute seminar, offered online and in-person, focused on pastoral and prophetic leadership around the political intensity of the midterm elections. Designed for busy clergy, seminarians, and religious leaders, the training focused on what’s legal (for clergy and congregations), what’s moral (the Christian imperative to advocate for justice in public and political life), and what’s possible in the final days leading up to the 2018 midterms. We will explore the power of faithful witness in pulpit and in the press, the importance of mobilizing congregations, and the role of pastoral care in helping to foster spiritual resilience and prevent burn-out in the final push toward the midterms. We will also look ahead to the work that comes next, in the weeks and months following this harsh and divided political season.
Rev. Ernest A. Brooks, III, President and CEO, Academy of Preachers
Rev. Billy Michael Honor, Jr., Faith Organizer, New Georgia Project
Dr. Renée Hill, Faculty, Sojourner Truth Leadership Circle
Moderator, Letitia Campbell, Asst. Professor in the Practice of Ethics and Society, and Senior Program Coordinator, Laney Moral Leadership Program, Candler School of Theology
Watch the webinar.