Congratulations to the recent graduates of the Ph.D.! The Graduate Program in Religion graduated nine Ph.D. students in the period from September 2018 - May 2019. September: Kara Slade (CTS, Advisor- Willie Jennings); Marvin Wickware (CTS, Advisor Willie J. Jennings); David Smith (NT, Advisor - Joel Marcus). December: Diana Abernethy (HB/OT, Advisor - Stephen B. Chapman); Yael Lazar (R&M, Advisor - Leela Prasad).
As part of the Teaching and Learning Luncheon, we were joined by Julia Trimmer and Lamont Cannon from Duke’s Office of the Provost, Finance and Administration to learn about Scholars@Duke which features the research, scholarship and activities of Duke faculty members and academic staff. As a research discovery system, Scholars@Duke displays web profiles that summarize a person's roles at Duke and displays their connections with colleagues.
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:
A first-year PhD student in Duke's Graduate Program in Religion, Jonathan Homrighausen has recently published a new book. Illuminating Justice explores the call to social ethics in The Saint John's Bible, the first major handwritten and hand-illuminated Christian Bible since the invention of the printing press.
Ryan Juskus' summer has not been a typical one. He has been involved in a project researching sanitation access in Lowndes County, Alabama, where up to 90% of households have either no or inadequate access to sanitation. Read more here.
David Smith, PhD Candidate in New Testament, recently completed a year in residence in Jerusalem at the University of Notre Dame Tantur Ecumenical Institute. Smith was one of four young scholars chosen for this competitive fellowship for advanced doctoral students. In addition to completing his dissertation research in Israel, he gave a public lecture at Tantur entitled "The Earliest Jewish-Christian Dialogue: Reconstructing the First Century Debate." Smith was also one of eight Duke PhD candidates to be awarded a prestigious James B.
Marvin Wickware has been elected to the faculty of Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago as Assistant Professor of Church and Society and Ethics. He will begin teaching there in fall of 2018, after he defends his dissertation this summer.
Ph.D. student Torang Asadi has been awarded a Julian Price Graduate Fellowship for the period of September 1, 2018 - May 31, 2019. The competitive fellowship provides an annual stipend, payment of tuition and fees for the academic year, and a research award to be used towards research expenditures. Recipients of this fellowship are graduate students who have passed their preliminary examinations and are actively engaged in the process of research for their dissertation project. Asadi's application was selected from nominations submitted by Ph.D.
PhD candidate in American Religion Brenna Keegan successfully defended her dissertation today, which was titled "After Eden: Religion and Labor in the American West, 1868-1914." Chair of Religious Studies, David Morgan, chaired her exam committee, and Kate Bowler, Joe Winters, Betsy Olson (UNC-CH), and Robert Orsi (Northwestern) were the other committee members.