BU Religion PhD Kira Ganga Kieffer has published an article with Religion & Politics. In the article, "Why Some Vaccine Skeptics Are Fighting Covid-19 Restrictions," Kira asks and answers: how does religion factor into both vaccine skepticism and opposition to Covid safety measures? "Examining the anti-coronavirus vaccination contingent as part of a larger movement of vaccine opposition," Kira writes, "illustrates many important religious through-lines that...shape compliance with public health policy."
Read the article here.
Kate Stockly has received a CMAC (The Center for Mind and Culture) Doctoral Fellowship for Fall 2020 to advance the writing of her dissertation, tentatively titled “Gender/Sex in Post-Secular Spirituality: A socio-bio-cultural interpretation of gender/sex differences and religious ritual.”
CMAC offers a range of fellowship opportunities, including Doctoral Fellowships for Ph.D. students working on dissertations. To learn more, visit their website.
Jordan Conley, ABD in the Ancient Mediterranean Religions track, has won a major grant from the North American Patristics Society to complete her dissertation next year. Conley’s dissertation addresses the world of a late antique Egyptian saint’s shrine and is entitled ““Bodies, Blessings, and Bile: Sensory Encounters at the Shrine of Saints Cyrus and John.” The North American Patristics Society is the major American academic organization dedicated to the study of early Christianity.
BU PhD Tazeen Ali, who is an Assistant Professor at the Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University in St. Louis, joins a prestigious cohort of other early career scholars at the Center for the Study of Religion & American Culture. The Young Scholars Program assists early career scholars in the improvement of their teaching and research and in the development of professional communities. In addition to its historic concentration on teaching and research, the Program now includes a seminar devoted to such other professional issues as constructing a tenure portfolio, publication, grant writing, and department politics.
Prof. Ali's work focuses on Islam, gender, and race in America. Her book-in-progress, “Rethinking Interpretive Authority: Gender, Race, and Scripture at the Women’s Mosque of America,” analyzes how American Muslim women negotiate the Islamic tradition to cultivate religious authority and build gender-equitable worship communities using ethnography and textual analysis of women’s sermons. Her advisor at BU was Prof. Kecia Ali.
Prof. Ali is not the only BU alum to join the Young Scholars Program. Dr. Shari Rabin, a former BU religion BA and Katz Prize Awardee, was selected in 2019. Dr. Rabin, who earned her PhD from Yale University, is now an Assistant Professor of Religion and Jewish Studies at Oberlin College.
The BU Department of Religion collected video messages from the Katz family, previous awardees, and professors to honor Lydia and Zoe. View the video below.
The BU Department of Religion would like to congratulate Lydia Beyer and Zoe Beard for winning Katz Awards. The Katz Award, dating back to 1968, recognizes undergraduate students of religion who have demonstrated both academic excellence and an unwavering commitment to community service.
Lydia is a Political Science and Religion double major. "I am so lucky to have had the privilege to pursue my academic interests through the Department of Religion," she writes, "The caliber, quality, and global relevance of course material fostered my personal and academic growth. I want to thank all of the faculty in the department who encouraged and inspired me over the last four years—the major would not have been the same without you." Lydia is also the recipient of the BU Department of Religion's College Prize.
Zoe double majors in International Relations and Religion. "Studying religion has been incredibly eye opening" to Zoe. "It is intertwined in so many aspects of the world, making the subject extremely versatile," she tells the department, and "majoring in religion also complimented my other major — International Relations very well. I was able to take advantage of opportunities that I never would have had I studied something else and for that I am extremely thankful. I couldn’t imagine having done anything else in college."
Professor Anthony Petro Named National Endowment for the Humanities Distinguished Teaching Professor
BU Religion Professor Anthony Petro will be the next NEH Teaching Professor at Boston University.
According to an email from CAS Dean Sclaroff, "[t]his appointment enables each incumbent to launch a significant new Humanities educational initiative in CAS and the Core Curriculum. In the past these have included a summer study program in Athens, Greece; a program of informal study of world languages for the BU community called “Globally Speaking;” and most recently a BU Public Humanities Undergraduate Fellows Program."
"Professor Petro will teach in the Core Curriculum Program and will also launch a series of innovative and ambitious programs focused on the theme of Health Humanities with regard to internships, curriculum, research and events. These programs have the potential, not only to unite the arts and sciences in CAS, but to involve the Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Services, the Medical School, and the School of Public Health."
Prof. Stephen Prothero has published Religion Matters with W. W. Norton.
According to the book's W. W. Norton page, "religion is a system of stories, and there is no better way to engage with the world’s religions than through the stories that animate their beliefs and practices. Through the exploration of these ancient stories and contemporary practices, Stephen Prothero, a New York Times–bestselling author and gifted storyteller, helps students better grasp the role of religion in our fractured world and to develop greater religious literacy. Videos and an award-winning adaptive learning tool, InQuizitive, further engage students and help them master core objectives and develop their own religious literacy."
GPR student Kira Ganga Kieffer helped Prof. Prothero edit his pathbreaking book. On her Twitter page, she wrote: "I'm very proud to have served as editor for art and captions, and I hope the book inspires many students that #ReligionMatters. #religiousliteracy"
You'll find more details on W. W. Norton's website.