Mackey to Present Lecture on How Art, Ethics, and Religion Shape Identity

Photo shows speaker Carlton Mackey

Carlton Mackey, director of the Ethics & the Arts program at the Emory University Center for Ethics, will speak at Meredith College on Tuesday, January 23, 2018, at 5 p.m. in Jones Chapel.

Mackey will present “Who Are You and How Do You Know?: Art, Ethics, Religion, and the Shaping of Identity.”

An award-winning professional photographer and filmmaker and the creator of several socially engaged, art-based platforms, Mackey is the creator of Black Men Smile™, a resistance and empowerment movement for Black men. He is the creator of Beautiful In Every Shade, an apparel company and empowerment movement with a mission to transform the way everyday people from around the world see themselves and others.

Mackey’s 2009 documentary 17 Degrees Ain’t Nothing is an intimate profile of five people experiencing homelessness in Atlanta. In 2012 Mackey created 50 Shades of Black, a multi-faceted platform for creating an interactive global dialogue around issues of race, skin tone, sexuality, and identity. He was the winner of the 2014 One Region Atlanta Ideas Challenge for his project Typical American Families.

Mackey is the associate director of the Ethics and Servant Leadership program and an adjunct faculty member of Emory University’s Department of Film and Media Studies.

This lecture, sponsored by the Meredith College Department of Religious and Ethical Studies, is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Mercer-Kesler Fund. The lecture is free and open to the public. For Meredith students, this event counts as an Academic/Cultural Event for General Education.

For more information, contact Meredith’s Department of Religious and Ethical Studies at


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