On November 29, a group of Duke University graduate students abandoned their work in protest of the proposed tax bill and its implications for them and others like them. Several Graduate Program in Religion students joined the protest, including PhD candidate Joseph Longarino. You can see an article and video clip of the walk-out here. Longarino can be seen at -1:15 of the video clip.
A number of GPR students and faculty will be presenting in the AAR/SBL to be held in Boston, MA November 18-21. 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 Religion. 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:
Teaching & Learning is pleased to welcome Prof. Randall Styers on November 6th @ 2:30p in 0013W for a conversation about constructing a syllabus to facilitate productive engagement when teaching religion. Prof. Styers is the Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Duke University, his Juris Doctorate from Yale Law School, his Master of Arts in Religion from Yale Divinity School, and his PhD from Duke University’s Graduate Program in Religion. Prof.
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.
Matthew Mitchell has been awarded a Stanley Weinstein Dissertation Prize, given for the best doctoral dissertation on East Asian Buddhism for academic years 2014-2016. The Selection Committee chose his dissertation, “Beyond the Convent Walls: The Local and Japan-wide Activities of Daihongan’s Nuns in the Early Modern Period (c.
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.