Spirit Guide

Interviews and features exploring topics that touch the spirit.


What does religion have to do with International development? Katherine Marshall has studied this question for decades. She worked at the World Bank from 1971 to 2006 on development issues in Africa, Latin America, East Asia, and the Middle East and led the agency’s faith and ethics initiative. She's now a senior fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University and a professor of the practice of development, conflict, and religion in the Walsh School of Foreign Service.


The newest faculty member of the University of Tennessee’s Religious Studies department is teaching remotely from Baltimore. WUOT’s Chrissy Keuper caught up with Larry Perry to talk about African American religious thought and the impact of religion on the Black Lives Matter Movement.

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As the world struggles with the pandemic coronavirus and COVID-19 disease, Tennesseans are sharing their anxieties and their methods for finding calm amidst the fear with WUOT’s Chrissy Keuper.

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For International Holocaust Remembrance Day, WUOT’s Chrissy Keuper sat down with two scholars from the University of Tennessee to talk about their research into European Jews and the Holocaust. Helene Sinnreich is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Director of The Fern and Manfred Steinfeld Program in Judaic Studies. Marilyn Kallet is Professor Emerti of Creative Writing and Knoxville’s Poet Laureate.


The Siddiqi Lecture in Islamic Studies was launched in 2014 to bring top scholars in the field of Islamic Studies to the University of Tennessee and to develop greater understanding of Islam in East Tennessee.