Fordham Press Author Receives AAR Award for Excellence

2015 AAR Book Awards Announced

August 25, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Sarah Levine
404-727-3059; slevine@aarweb.org

The American Academy of Religion (AAR) has selected the 2015 recipients of the Awards for Excellence in the Study of Religion and the Best First Book in the History of Religions:

Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion: Analytical-Descriptive Studies
Winnifred Fallers Sullivan, Indiana University
A Ministry of Presence: Chaplaincy, Spiritual Care, and the Law
University of Chicago Press, 2014

Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion: Constructive-Reflective Studies
Michelle Voss Roberts, Wake Forest University School of Divinity
Tastes of the Divine: Hindu and Christian Theologies of Emotion
Fordham University Press, 2014

Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion: Historical Studies
Claudia Brosseder, Heidelberg University
The Power of Huacas: Change and Resistance in the Andean World of Colonial Peru
University of Texas Press, 2014

Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion: Textual Studies
Tariq Jaffer, Amherst College
Rāzī: Master of Quranic Interpretation and Theological Reasoning
Oxford University Press, 2014

Best First Book in the History of Religions
Cécile Fromont, University of Chicago
The Art of Conversion: Christian Visual Culture in the Kingdom of Kongo
University of North Carolina Press, published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, 2014

The Awards for Excellence and Best First Book in the History of Religions recognize new scholarly publications that make significant contributions to the study of religion. The awards honor books of distinctive originality, intelligence, creativity and importance; books that affect decisively how religion is examined, understood, and interpreted. For more information, please see https://www.aarweb.org/programs-services/book-awards. Awards will be presented at the AAR’s 2015 Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, on Sunday, November 22, 2015, at 7:00 PM.

Founded in 1909, the American Academy of Religion is the world’s largest association of religion scholars, and its mission is to foster excellence in the study of religion by promoting research, publishing, and teaching about religion in academia. As a learned society and professional association of teachers and research scholars, the American Academy of Religion has about 9,000 members who teach in some 900 colleges, universities, seminaries, and schools in North America and abroad. The Academy is dedicated to furthering knowledge of religion and religious institutions in all their forms and manifestations. This is accomplished through Academy-wide and regional conferences and meetings, publications, programs, and membership services.

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2015 AAR Book Awards Announced August 25, 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Sarah Levine 404-727-3059; slevine@aarweb.org The American Academy of Religion (AAR) has selected the 2015 recipients of the Awards for Excellence in the Study of Religion and the Best First … Full Story

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As Dig Continues, Islamic Service Honors Freed Slave in Georgetown

“So what we are doing today is a most important claiming of memory: That our identity will not be shaken . . . that we have survived slavery…”

A few feet away from the open pit of an archaeological dig in Georgetown, an imam from Senegal led a small group in an Islamic prayer service for the unusual man whose life may be reflected in the artifacts found there.

About 50 people gathered to honor the memory of Yarrow Mamout , a freed African slave who built a log house on the Dent Place property when Georgetown was still a suburban woodland.

Ebrahim Rasool , a former South African ambassador who is now a scholar at Georgetown University, said the site should be considered a shrine to honor the millions of Africans who endured slavery and to inspire others to carry on the fight for human rights.

“So what we are doing today is a most important claiming of memory: That our identity will not be shaken . . . that we have survived slavery,” Rasool said. “And we owe Yarrow Mamout that debt — to finish the process that he started and keep the dignity he established when he bought this property as a freed slave.”

Members of the group, cupping their hands in prayer, joined Papa Mboup, an imam with the Zawiya of the Greater Washington area, in reciting the al-Fatiha, an opening prayer taken from the first chapter of the Koran.

Yarrow, a member of the Fulani tribe, was brought to America aboard the slave ship Elijah in June 1752. He could read and write Arabic and English, and he became a prominent figure in Georgetown after receiving his freedom. Well-known artist Charles Willson Peale painted Yarrow’s portrait. So did James Alexander Simpson, whose portrait of Yarrow hangs in the Peabody Room of the Georgetown Public Library.

Read full story at The Washington Post.

 

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SAVE THE DATE! | Wednesday, September 16, 2015


Fordham Press
and
The Curran Center for American Catholic Studies
invite you to a celebration of

Pure Act
The Uncommon Life of
Robert Lax
Michael N. McGregor

Wednesday, September 16, 2015
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

 Fordham University, Lincoln Center
113 West 60th Street, 12 Floor Lounge
New York, NY 10023

Reception to follow.

Register Now!
I can’t make it

For a full list of Book Tour dates, visit:
http://michaelnmcgregor.com/appearances/

Fordham Press and The Curran Center for American Catholic Studies invite you to a celebration of Pure Act The Uncommon Life of Robert Lax Michael N. McGregor Wednesday, September 16, 2015 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Fordham University, Lincoln Center … Full Story

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BOOK TOUR | Pure Act: The Uncommon Life of Robert Lax

Author Michael McGregor will be speaking across the country this fall. Check Michael’s website for the most up-to-date information.


Saturday, August 29
1 p.m. Lopez Library, Lopez Island, WA
Friday, September 4
6:30 p.m. Edmonds Bookshop, 111 5th Ave. S, Edmonds, WA
Saturday, September 5
6 p.m. Seattle Book Launch!
University Bookstore, 4326 University Way NE, Seattle, WA
Monday, September 14
5 p.m. Loyola University Maryland, Baltimore, MD
Sponsored by the Catholic Studies Program
Wednesday, September 16
6 p.m. New York Book Launch!
Fordham University, Lincoln Center, 12th Floor Lounge, Lowenstein Building, NYC
Thursday, September 17
7 p.m. Fairfield University Bookstore, Fairfield, CT
Co-sponsored by the Catholic Studies and Community and Lifetime Education Programs at Fairfield University
Friday, September 18
7:45 p.m. “The Wise Simplicity of Robert Lax,” Mary House, Catholic Worker, 55 E. 3rd, NYC
Saturday, September 19
2 p.m. International Thomas Merton Society Chapter
Corpus Christi Church, 529 W. 121st, NYC
Sunday, September 20
11 a.m. Book Signing, Fordham University Press booth, Brooklyn Book Festival, NY
Monday, September 21
7 p.m. In conversation with C.K. Williams and Richard Kostelanetz
McNally Jackson Books, 52 Prince St., NYC
Tuesday, September 22
7 p.m. Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 3038 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, MN
Thursday, September 24*
11:45 a.m. St. John’s University, MN
*Invitation only
Friday, September 25
4 p.m. “Transformed by Passionate Intent: The Life and Poetry of Robert Lax”
MacLaurinCSF, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Sunday, October 4
3 p.m. Elliott Bay Books, Seattle, WA
Co-sponsored by Image
Tuesday, October 6
6:30 p.m. University of Portland, Portland, OR
Co-sponsored by the Garaventa Center and the UP English Department
Monday, October 19
Malaprop’s Bookstore, Asheville, NC
Tuesday, October 20
7 p.m. Regulator Bookshop, Durham, NC
Wednesday, October 28
6 p.m. In conversation with Poetry editor Don Share
Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago, IL,
Co-sponsored by The Point
Saturday, October 31
“The Language of Spiritual Literature in a Post-Religious Age,” panel presentation at the Transcending Orthodoxies Conference, Notre Dame University, South Bend, IN
Tuesday, November 3
4 p.m., Seattle University, Seattle, WA
Saturday, November 7
TBD-Wordstock, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
Thursday, November 19
Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Ave. San Francisco, CA

Author Michael McGregor will be speaking across the country this fall. Check Michael’s website for the most up-to-date information. Saturday, August 29 1 p.m. Lopez Library, Lopez Island, WA Friday, September 4 6:30 p.m. Edmonds Bookshop, 111 5th Ave. S, … Full Story

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Happy Birthday, James Baldwin!


Fall 2015 Catalog Banner

“Pavlić offers the most extensive engagement to date with Baldwin’s life-long love affair with black music; but he also provides the most sustained and compelling account of how Baldwin’s work speaks (or sings) to our present global condition.”—Emily Lordi, author of Black Resonance: Iconic Women Singers and African American Literature

Today marks the 91st birthday of James Baldwin (1924-1987), a novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and social critic, and one of America’s foremost writers. More than a quarter-century after his death, Baldwin remains an unparalleled figure in American literature and African American cultural politics.

Next month, Fordham University Press will publish Who Can Afford to Improvise? James Baldwin and Black Music, the Lyric and the Listeners (978-0-8232-68481, hardcover, 352 pages, 20 b/w illustrations, $29.95, September 2015) an unconventional, lyrical, and accessible meditation on the life, writings, and legacy of James Baldwin and their relationship to the lyric tradition in black music, from gospel and blues to jazz and R&B.

Based on unprecedented access to private correspondence, unpublished manuscripts and attuned to a musically inclined poet’s skill in close listening, Who Can Afford to Improvise? frames a new narrative of James Baldwin’s work and life. The route retraces the full arc of Baldwin’s passage across the pages and stages of his career according to his constant interactions with black musical styles, recordings, and musicians.

 

Read more on James Baldwin:

Ta-Nehisi Coates’ brilliant inspiration: Remembering James Baldwin’s influence on his 91st birthday

Who Can Afford to Improvise? James Baldwin and Black Music, the Lyric and the Listeners by Ed Pavlic

An Open Letter to my sister, Miss Angela Davis

James Baldwin, Biography

Another Country by James Baldwin

The Fire Next Time

“Pavlić offers the most extensive engagement to date with Baldwin’s life-long love affair with black music; but he also provides the most sustained and compelling account of how Baldwin’s work speaks (or sings) to our present global condition.”—Emily Lordi, author … Full Story

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