Barbara DeConcini is the Executive Director and Treasurer of the American Academy of Religion. She is also Professor of Religion and Culture at Emory University. Barbara received her A.B. in English from Rosemont College in 1968 and her M.A., also in English, from Bryn Mawr College in 1973.She received her 1980 Ph.D. in "Religion and Literature," an interdisciplinary humanities program at Emory University.
Prior to her appointment at Emory, Barbara served as faculty member, chair of Liberal Arts, Interim President, and Academic Dean at the Atlanta College of Art (1976-1991). She also served as a faculty member and Assistant Dean at Rosemont College (1969-1974).
Barbara's book, Narrative Remembering, was published in 1990 by the University Press of America. She also has published or lectured on such topics as: "The Crisis of Meaning in Religion and the Arts," "Narrative Hunger," "Narrative Theory," "Baseball as a Commemorative Act," and "Reading Film." She is presently (spring, 1997) on sabbatical and at work on a book-length manuscript dealing with women and religious sacrifice.
Barbara has been
recognized for her excellence in teaching. The Atlanta
College of Art has named its Award for Excellence in
Writing and Critical Thinking after her. Barbara is a
member of Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa, and the
Society for Values in Higher Education. She serves as a
member of the Board of Directors of Scholars Press and
the Board of Trustees of Rosemont College. She also
serves on numerous committees of the American Academy of
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