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NYU Social Justice Scholar Will Visit Campus to Discuss Inter-faith Issues

Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013

Dr. Marcella Runell Hall is featured in activities at Utah State University

Dr. Marcella Runell Hall visits the USU campus to discuss inter-faith issues.

Utah State University will host Marcella Runell Hall, the director of New York University’s Center for Spiritual Life, who will present a lecture to students called “How to Jumpstart Your Campus-Wide Interfaith Movement” on Oct. 16 and a training on Oct. 15 for faculty and students on creating “Faith Zones,” where open discussion about religion and faith is welcomed. The training will be held from 2 to 5 p.m., Oct 15 and the lecture from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 16.

As the internal director of the Center for Spiritual Life at New York University, as well as a clinical instructor and co-director at NYU’s Silver School of Social Work, Hall’s work focuses on the intersections among social justice, activism and faith. She has co-edited three award-winning books, including The Hip-Hop Education Guidebook, Conscious Women Rock the Page: Using Hip-Hop Fiction to Incite Social Change and Love, Race & Liberation: ’Til the White Day is Done and her work was the focus of a recent Huffington Post article (Sept. 23) on “Faith Journeys, Faith Collisions and Hip-hop.”

Hall is a key figure in the growing “Interfaith Movement” on university campuses (public and private) all around the United States. She has developed a successful “Faith-Zone” training (modeled on the LGBT Allies “Safe-Zone” training) for faculty, staff and students of all faiths at NYU. The training aims to teach participants ways to celebrate the religious diversity around them. Since its launch, more than 300 faculty, staff and students at NYU/New York and NYU Abu Dhabi have participated in this “consciousness raising” training that both provides an overview of how religion and spirituality affect our lives, particularly in the context of higher education.

The “Faith-Zone” training will be held Oct. 15 from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of Building A of the Living Learning Community (across from the TSC). Faculty or staff must pre-register. Email or for more information.

The “Jump Start” presentation to students on Oct. 16 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. will be held in the Walnut Dining room of the TSC. A buffet dinner with be served with a USU student price of $3.

This event is presented by the Inter-Faith House of USU Housing’s Living Learning Community, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and USU’s Religious Studies Program.

Related links:

USU’s Religious Studies Program

USU College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Contact: Bonnie Glass-Coffin, Ph.D., professor of anthropology, 435-797-4064,

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