Panelists to Discuss Religious Views of Human Rights

Contact: Rebecca Rakoczy
Phone: 678-891-2691
Fax: 678-891-2966   
Author: Megan Levacy    

For Immediate Release

Local religious leaders will speak about the view of God within their faith and how it shapes the concept of human rights today, in a public panel discussion at Georgia Perimeter College, Dunwoody Campus on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013.

The event, “God and Human Rights: Western Religion after the Civil Rights Movement” will be 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the auditorium of the NC Building, room 1100.

“Despite the varied religious philosophies that proponents of the Civil Rights Movement held, the message was universal in scope, and applicable to all, regardless of religious creed,” said Dr. Mark Banas, GPC assistant professor of religious studies.

Panelists discussing how their respective faiths shaped the concept of human rights today are: Rabbi Dr. Analia Bortz from Congregation Or Hadash in Sandy Springs; Dr. Wiley Stephens, Dunwoody United Methodist Church senior pastor; and Zaynab Ansari Abdul-Razacq of the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta. Each speaker will give a brief presentation. A question and answer session will follow.

The discussion is hosted by the Sarah Larson Lecture Series and is supported by a grant from the Georgia Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities and through appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly. This event is free and open to the public.

For additional information, contact Megan Levacy, lecture series chair, at

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