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This panel discussion will reflect on the issues raised by the Netflix drama series "The Chair" featuring Sandra Oh as the first Asian American woman to serve as the chair of the English Department in a fictional university.  We have invited panelists with diverse teaching and administrative experiences to share their responses to the drama. 


Dr. Nami Kim is Chair and Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Spelman College. She is the author of Gendered Politics of the Korean Christian Right and co-editor of Feminist Praxis against US Militarism and Critical Theology against US Militarism in Asia.

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Rev. Laura Mariko Cheifetz is Assistant Dean of Admissions, Vocation, Stewardship at Vanderbilt Divinity School and co-editor of Race in America: Christians Respond to the Crisis. She has also served in leadership positions in church organizations and non-profits.

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Dr. Keun-Joo Christine Pae is Chair of the Religion Department and Associate Professor of Religion and Women's and Gender Studies at Denison University. Her recent articles include “A Transnational Feminist Pedagogy of War, Peace, and Sexuality” and “Spiritual Activism as Interfaith Dialogue: When Military Prostitution Matters.”


Dr. Grace Yia-Hei  Kao is Bishop Ron I. Sano and Kathleen A. Thomas-Sano Professor in Pacific and Asian American Theology at Claremont School of Theology and Visiting Professor in the Department of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University. She is the author of Grounding Human Rights in a Pluralist World and co-editor of Asian American Christian Ethics.


Ms Rosy Kandathil is a teaching assistant and PhD student in Hebrew Bible at Emory University Graduate Department of Religion. Her research focuses on the book of Esther.

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