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Interview: Dr. Marla Frederick, a Preview of the Distinguished Lecture in Religious Studies

Each year, the University of Tennessee’s Distinguished Lecture in Religious Studies spotlights new research. This year’s speaker is Dr. Marla Frederick, the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Religion and Culture at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. Dr. Frederick has studied the activism and faith of Black women in the US South and American televangelism and its impact outside of the US. Right now, she’s researching the history of of HBCUs, Historically Black Colleges and Universities. WUOT’s Chrissy Keuper spoke with her about that research.

Chrissy served as WUOT's News Director and host of monthly public affairs talk show Dialogue from late 2021 to early 2023. Her first job with the station was as weekend student announcer while earning her bachelor's in Anthropology from the University of Tennessee. She had previously been the station's local host for NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered news programs; occasionally filled in as host for WUOT's Morning and Afternoon Concerts; and won multiple awards for her interviews, feature stories, and Dialogue.