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.
Jamie Brummitt successfully defended her dissertation "Protestant Relics: Religion, Objects, and the Art of Mourning in the American Republic" March 29, 2018. Her committee was chaired by David Morgan, and other committee members included Annabel Wharton, Grant Wacker, Kate Bowler and Lauren Winner. Andrew Coates, alumni of the Graduate Program in Religion and Jamie's husband, was in attendance.
Next year Erin Galgay Walsh will be a junior fellow in Byzantine Studies at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Museum in Washington, D.C. Erin says, "I am thrilled to have the opportunity to finish my dissertation and prepare my book manuscript with such resources and surrounded by an incredible community of scholars. I look forward to developing and growing in my research." Find out more about Erin here.
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.