Two of our Graduate Program in Religion faculty have been appointed Distinguished Professor chairs. Dr. Jeremy Begbie and Dr. Norman Wirzba, whose primary appointments are in Duke Divinity School, have been recognized with this, the highest honor awarded by the University to outstanding faculty.
Beloved faculty member Hwansoo Ilmee Kim has accepted an offer at Yale. Yale has created a new position in Korean Studies. An alumnus donated $3 million for an endowment specifically for Korean studies. There is also an endowment of $1.5 million in the Department of Religious Studies that can be used for developing East Asian Buddhist studies. With these resources, Dr. Kim hopes to lay the groundwork for Korean studies, as well as for Korean Buddhist studies, during his remaining career.
Duke’s doctoral programs in religion and theology have received a two-year $30,000 grant from the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning to promote pedagogical formation. The Ph.D. program, known as the Graduate Program in Religion (jointly administered by the Department of Religious Studies and the Divinity School), and Th.D. program (offered by the Divinity School) will share this funding and combine efforts to enhance their teacher training initiatives.
Kalman P. Bland, Professor Emeritus of the Department of Religious Studies, Duke University, died on July 15, 2017, in Chesterfield Royal Hospital in Derbyshire, UK.
He became seriously ill while traveling with his partner, Annabel Wharton, in Italy and England; doctors identified a tumor on the pancreas as the cause of the complications that led to his death.
Mohsen Kadivar—a research professor of religious studies originally from Iran and now a United States permanent resident—was in Berlin, Germany for a fellowship when news broke of President Donald Trump’s executive order banning immigration of foreign nationals from seven countries, Iran included.
Graduate Program in Religion's Assistant Professor Mona Hassan, along with Assistant Professor Mustafa Tuna (Slavic & Eurasian Studies) and Associate Professor Bruce Hall (HIstory), have had their project “Triangle Seminar on the Histories of Muslim Societies & Communities,” chosen for the Fall 2016 competition of the Provost’s Intellectual Community Planning Grants.
Norman Wirzba, professor of Theology, Ecology, and Agrarian Studies, published Way of Love: Recovering the Heart of Christianity. In the book, Wirzba asserts that Christianity has slid off its rightful foundation, arguing that the faith only makes sense and can only be expressed in a healthy way if it seen as based on love, with a mission of training others in the way of love.
Brittany E. Wilson, assistant professor of New Testament at Duke Divinity School, has received a 2016 sabbatical grant for researchers from The Louisville Institute to write a book exploring the question of Christian embodiment.
The Kentucky-based institute’s grant program assists research and writing projects that advance religious and theological scholarship in ways that also address practical issues of Christian faith and life, pastoral leadership, or religious institutions.
J. Ross Wagner, associate professor of New Testament at Duke Divinity School, has been awarded a fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for his current book project, A Commentary on Old Greek Isaiah 1–12.
The grant will support three months of research at the University of Göttingen in Germany and the nearby Septuagint Institute of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities.
Richard Hays, George Washington Ivey Professor of New Testament, published Reading Backwards: Figural Christology and the Fourfold Gospel Witness. In Reading Backwards, Hays maps the shocking ways the four Gospel writers interpreted Israel’s Scripture to craft their literary witnesses to the Church’s one Christ. The Gospels’ scriptural imagination discovered inside the long tradition of a resilient Jewish monotheism a novel and revolutionary Christology.