The Chronicle, Duke's student newspaper, has selected Kate Bowler as an iconic figure at Duke this year in its Chron15. Honorees are selected for exemplifying the Duke community at its best.
To read more, including what Dean L. Gregory Jones had to say about her, click here.
A number of GPR students and faculty will be presenting in the AAR/SBL to be held in Denver, Colorado November 17-20. The annual conference of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature is perhaps the most important conference of the year for those in the field of Religious Studies. More than 1,200 events—academic sessions, additional meetings, receptions, tours, and workshops—will be offered at this annual conference.
Graduate Program in Religion students who plan to present include:
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.