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Thousands of Religion Scholars Meet in Atlanta

October 20, 2010

Contact: Susan Snider

More than 4,500 scholars converge on Atlanta, Ga., October 30–November 1, 2010, to review the latest research in the field of religion at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion. Accompanying them are more than 100 publishers, whose displays will create one of the world’s largest bookstores specializing in religion.

The publishers’ exhibits are open to the public. From small academic presses to large publishing houses, thousands of books and software titles will be offered for sale. The exhibit hall, located in the Grand Hall at the Hyatt Regency, is open to the public Saturday through Monday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Admission to the exhibit hall is $30.  

This year's program includes sessions on the Cultural/Islamic Center near Ground Zero; Sally Quinn on blogging about God; zoologist Frans de Waal on the connection between morality and primate behavior; the Marty Forum honoring Martin E. Marty Award winner Elaine Pagels; the black freedom struggle today, featuring, among others, Julian Bond and former mayor of Atlanta Shirley Franklin; the 2010 Templeton Prize winner Francisco J. Ayala on science and religion; and more than 400 other sessions on a wide variety of topics.  

The meeting sessions take place at the Marriott Marquis and Hyatt Regency. Registration is required for admission to the sessions and the exhibit hall.

Founded in 1909, the AAR is the world’s largest association of religion scholars with some 10,000 members in North America and abroad. Its mission is to foster excellence in the study of religion by promoting research, publishing, and teaching about religion in academia. The AAR neither endorses nor rejects any religious belief or practice.