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Media advisory: Panel discussion on death penalty scheduled Sept. 22

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In light of the recent warrant issued for the execution of Georgia inmate Kelly Gissendaner, Candler School of Theology at Emory University will host a panel discussion concerning the death penalty: 

Who: Candler School of Theology, Emory University presents a public discussion led by professors Liz Bounds and Robert Franklin, and human rights attorney Katie Chamblee. Emory’s Center for the Study of Law & Religion is assisting in sponsoring this event.

What: "No One is Beyond Redemption: A Candler Conversation on Capital Punishment and the Scheduled Execution of Kelly Gissendaner"

Where: Rita Anne Rollins Building, Room 252, Candler School of Theology, 1531 Dickey Drive, Atlanta, GA 30322.

When: Tuesday, Sept. 22, 5-7 p.m.

Why/How: Kelly Gissendaner, the only woman on Georgia's death row and a graduate of the Certificate in Theological Studies program Candler co-sponsors at Lee Arrendale State Prison, is scheduled for execution sometime between Sept. 29 and Oct. 6. Come join in a conversation about what the death penalty in general and Kelly’s execution in particular mean for the ways our community seeks to live out its Christian faith.

The discussion will be facilitated by Liz Bounds, associate professor of Christian ethics at Candler and co-founder of the Certificate in Theological Studies program at the prison, Robert M. Franklin, James T. and Berta R. Laney Professor in Moral Leadership at Candler, and Katie Chamblee, staff attorney with the Southern Center for Human Rights who focuses on death penalty cases in Georgia and Alabama.

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