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Mary J. Loftus
Mary J. Loftus is associate editor of Emory Magazine, the University’s alumni publication, where she has reported on the return of the lost Pharaoh, Ramesses I, from Emory to Egypt; the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from a refugee camp near Bethlehem in the West Bank; the acquisition of Salman Rushdie’s digital archive and old Macs; and uber-loyal alumni who donate their bodies to their alma mater’s medical school.

Previously, she was a co-director of the New York Times Feature Production Center, a reporter, bureau chief, and weekly columnist with the NYT newspaper group, and a freelancer for Psychology Today, Humanities: the magazine of the NEH, USA Today, Vent, and the NYT news service. While serving as a Knight Journalism fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, she accompanied the CDC’s antibioterrorism team to the Republican National Convention and to investigate an outbreak of syphilis in Indianapolis.

She has won several New York Times chairman’s awards, the National Hospice Organization’s media award of excellence, and three Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) awards for feature writing. A graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and master’s and specialist degrees in counseling, she lives in suburban Atlanta.

Entries by Mary J. Loftus

Complicated Cuba

(4) Comments | Posted July 22, 2013 | 11:14 PM

HAVANA-My college-aged son is standing on the balcony of our room at the Habana Libre, made famous as the hotel where a young Fidel Castro set up camp for a few months after the 1959 Revolución.

Havana stretches out before him, luminous in her dilapidated splendor. He has yet...

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Documenting a Life in the Woods

(8) Comments | Posted April 15, 2013 | 11:04 AM

Ever wonder what it would be like to live deep in a forest for 50 years?

Me either.

But that's exactly what Harvard graduate Bill Coperthwaite has done, living a self-sustaining life in a three-story yurt in the Maine woods for more than five decades, attracting a near-cult status and...

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Gay Marriage Is a Human Right, Law Professor Says

(187) Comments | Posted April 13, 2012 | 4:35 PM

Catholic bishops have been in the news lately saying that the federal mandate that private insurers cover contraceptive services violates religious freedom.

But the Catholic Church also supports policies that compromise the religious and moral freedom of others, namely the non-recognition of gay marriages, says Emory University...

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Advocates of Sharia Can Learn From Catholics and Jews

(26) Comments | Posted February 6, 2012 | 3:00 PM

Last week Emory University law professor John Witte, Jr. laid out a bold but reasoned approach on how to accommodate sharia (Islamic law) in the United States and other Western nations -- one that protects religious freedom and human rights.

"The current accommodations made to the...

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A Jewish Law Perspective On Reproductive Ethics

(3) Comments | Posted September 24, 2011 | 8:36 AM

Cats with bits of luminescent jellyfish DNA. Sheep-goat hybrids -- "geep" -- with furry legs and floppy ears. Human stem cells inserted into the brains of newborn mice. Embryonic screening that allows parents to choose to implant an embryo without the breast cancer gene. Human-human chimeras that allow gay couples...

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Top 10 Things Religious Leaders Say about Happiness

(82) Comments | Posted November 6, 2010 | 9:36 AM

One of the things that most irritated me about Sunday school -- and there were many, including the fact that I had to wear tights, keep quiet and not ask why God wasn't a girl -- is that we were told, however covertly, that happiness was selfish.

Religion, I came...

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