Religion in

Religion in Culture
Lunchtime Discussion

The first Religion in Culture lunch discussion of the 2008-9 academic year, held on Wednesday, September 24, 2008, was hosted by our chapter of Theta Alpha Kappa, the Religious Studies Honors Society. Starting this semester's batch of lunch discussions, University of Alabama professor, Dr. John Giggie, of the History Department, led a discussion on his recently published book, After Redemption: Jim Crow and the Transformation of African American Religion in the Delta, 1875-1915.

To learn more about Professor Giggie's research, attending students and faculty read the first chapter of the book, "Train Travel and the Black Religious Imagination" (available with your Bama ID/Password).

Majors and minors filled the conference table once again, making our first lunch discussion of the semester a full house. If you're a major, minor, or interested student on campus, see our Events page for updates on future lunch discussions (rumor has it that Prof. Steve Jacobs, who is now in charge of organizing and hosting our Religion in Culture Lunch Discussions, has scheduled a lunch for every month this semester), and don't forget to drop by the Department's main office to sign-up a few days in advance and reserve your free boxed lunch!

Both new and old faces were around for the discussion. Rollover the above image to see the enthusiasm of REL major and RSSA President, Sean Beadore, who took the liberty of introducing Prof. Giggie before we all dug into our lunches.

A good many of the REL faculty members were present for Prof. Giggie's discussion as well. Pictured here are Prof. Maha Marouan (left) and Prof. Steve Jacobs (right). Rollover the image to see a certain Department Chair who chose to make a cameo appearance in the back, in the shadows cast by REL major and RSSA Treasurer "Snack Bar Stockin'" Chris Scott (you did know he's the Keeper of the Snacks in the Student Lounge, right?).

Once again, our lunches were provided by the Department through Jason's Deli. Who doesn't love a box lunch? Rollover to see what we've found the typical student response to be.

Thanks again to Theta Alpha Kappa and Prof. Jacobs for hosting this event.

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