Congratulations to Dr. Monique Moultrie, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, who has been selected as a Research Associate at Harvard Divinity School’s Women’s Studies in Religion Program. She will spend the 2019-2020 academic year at Harvard Divinity School teaching a course and working on her research project “Hidden Histories: Faith as a Site of Black Lesbian Activism.” Her project utilizes oral histories of black lesbian religious leaders to examine the spiritual practices animating social justice activism. The Women’s Studies in Religion Program was founded as the first program to focus on the interdisciplinary study of women and religion. In this highly selective program, research associates represent a generation of faculty experts addressing questions of religion and gender. The Program’s goal is the production of new primary research around these issues and program scholars provide a crucial resource for religious communities, policy makers, and educational institutions. Dr. Moultrie will be a part of a Syndicate Theology symposium (online) conversation starting May 15 for her review entitled “Training Progressives to Trust (Black) Women: An Argument for Becoming an Ally,” Review of Trust Women: A Progressive Christian Argument for Reproductive Justice, by Rebecca Todd Peters. She gave an invited lecture at Vanderbilt Divinity School’s “This is My Calling: Womanist Ethnography and Black Women’s Vocation Conference” in November 2018. She also gave the Robert and Myra Kraft and Jacob Hiatt Lecture at Brandeis University in October 2018. She also presented at the American Academy of Religion, the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, and the Study of Religion as an Analytical Discipline workshop during the fall semester.
Dr. Molly Bassett hosted two Wabash Colloquia focused on the department’s work in Applied Religious Studies and Religion and Health Professions. In January her essay, “Death Doulas and Diversity: Teaching Applied Religious Studies” appeared as part of an Immanent Frame forum. In her work as a Humanities Research Center Fellow, she researched, wrote, and then workshopped parts of her new book project with HRC colleagues. On April 17th, she presented “Toppling the Axis Mundi in Aztec Religion” as the Howard Lecture Series in Religion speaker at the University of Georgia.
Dr. Molly Bassett, Associate Professor and Department Chair, was awarded the Wabash Center for Teaching & Learning in Religion & Theology Small Project Grant ($5,000). This grant will support “Learning World Religions to Teach Death Doulas: Student Learning and the Pedagogy of Applied Religious Studies." This project includes a series of colloquia focused on various aspects of applied liberal arts.
Dr. Jonathan Herman, Associate Professor, received one of the College’s first RISe (Research Intensive Semester) awards so that he can dedicate the fall of 2018 to research. Dr. Herman will step away from teaching to focus on his next book project, tentatively titled, “From Dao to Dialogue: Martin Buber’s Encounter with Laozi.” The book will “include an English translation of Buber’s lectures and thematic chapters on the metaphysical, socio-ethical, and mystical and experiential dimensions of Buber’s lectures on the Daodejing from 1924.
Dr. Monique Moultrie, Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, won the Religious Communication Association's (RCA) Book of the Year Award for her book Passionate and Pious: Religious Media and Black Women’s Sexuality (Duke University Press).