Ronald M. Green discusses DNA editing

From the WMUR News article on November 27, 2018, "A scientist in China who claims to have created genetically edited babies is under investigation and earning worldwide criticism, including from a Dartmouth College ethicist." Religion Professor Emeritus Ronald M. Green tells WMUR-TV, "The problems are that rogue researchers will go ahead and introduce new techniques that either harm the child or are unnecessary and start a kind of arms race of having to have the perfect child."  Ronald M. Green is the Eunice and Julian Cohen Professor Emeritus for the Study of Ethics and Human Values. Watch the interview here.

Faculty Search: Assistant Professor of Religion

The Department of Religion at Dartmouth College invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in Indigenous Religions of the Americas, the South Pacific, the Caribbean, or Australia, which may include African diasporic traditions in these regions. Appointment to begin as early as July 1, 2019. Disciplinary and historical specializations are open, but the ideal candidate’s research will demonstrate a substantive focus upon religion, thorough grounding in both theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of religion, ability to work in the relevant primary languages, and expertise in ethnographic and/or fieldwork approaches (if appropriate).

Greed & God

Why is money so important to us? In his recent TED-type talk, "Greed and God," in Nijmegen, The Netherlands, Prof. Devin Singh points to Christianity for an explanation. From the start, he claims, Christian thinkers have connected ideas about God to economic concepts. In doing so, money gained an important, because godly, status. Watch the video of his talk here.

Nancy Frankenberry on "The Fate of Radical Empiricism & the Future of Religious Naturalism"

Nancy Frankenberry, John Phillips Professor in Religion Emeritus, has published “The Fate of Radical Empiricism and the Future of Religious Naturalism” in Pragmatism and Naturalism: Scientific and Social Inquiry After Representationalism, a volume edited by Matthew C. Bagger and published by Columbia University Press (2018). Matthew C. Bagger is the contributing editor of this collection of essays by leading scholars, is Dartmouth class of 1986 and a former Religion major, and in 1996-98 was a Visiting Professor in the Department, and is now in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Alabama. His essay is entitled “Religious Apologetic, Naturalism, and Inquiry in the Thought of William James.” Terry F. Godlove of Hofstra University, who has been a Visiting Professor at Dartmouth over the years, also contributed an essay on “Non-Conceptualism and Religious Experience: Kant, Schleiermacher, Proudfoot.” The book has received acclaim from Cornel West, Richard J. Bernstein, James Kloppenberg, Eddie S. Glaude Jr., and Vincent Colapietro.

Andrew Nalani '16 speaks at Gates Foundation Goalkeepers Event

Religion major Andrew Nalani '16 spoke at a September 25, 2018, Gates Foundation Goalkeepers Event. Nalani, originally from Uganda, spoke about the transformative role of education at an event hosted by the foundation's Goalkeepers campaign and timed to coincide with the 2018 U.N. General Assembly. Read more about Nalani in Dartmouth Alumni News. You can also view his talk here (he comes onstage at about 1 hour, 37 minutes).

Gil Raz awarded Luce Foundation grant

Gil Raz, Associate Professor of Religion, has received a $350,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation for a four-year project entitled Advancing Daoism: Epigraphic and Archeological Materials as Sources for Daoist Lived Religion. In cooperation with several Chinese partners, this collaborative project examines religious artifacts such as statues, stone inscriptions, cave shrines, and grave goods in order to research the history of traditional Chinese religion, especially Daoism, between the 5th and 16th centuries. For more about Professor Raz, please also see his profile webpage: https://religion.dartmouth.edu/people/gil-raz

Reiko Ohnuma new Religion Department Chair

Professor of Religion Reiko Ohnuma has just been named Chair of the Dartmouth Department of Religion, effective July 1, 2018. Prof. Ohnuma is a specialist in the Buddhist traditions of South Asia (with a particular focus on narrative literature, hagiography, and the role and imagery of women), but also teaches courses on Hinduism. She holds a B.A. from the University of California (Berkeley) and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor). She is the author of Head, Eyes, Flesh, and Blood: Giving Away the Body in Indian Buddhist Literature (Columbia University Press, 2007); Ties That Bind: Maternal Imagery and Discourse in Indian Buddhism (Oxford University Press, 2012); and Unfortunate Destiny: Animals in the Indian Buddhist Imagination (Oxford University Press, 2017). She will be teaching Rel. 41.03, “Women, Monasticism, & Buddhism” (identical to WGSS 44.07), in Winter Term, 2019. (Professor Ohnuma's key to building a successful writing practice? Yoga!

Professor Ayubi awarded New Directions in Humanities Scholarship

Assistant Professor of Religion Zahra Ayubi has just been awarded a New Directions in Humanities Scholarship, a new program of the Office of the Associate Dean for Arts and Humanities with funding from the Office of the President that encourages faculty in the arts and humanities to pursue projects outside their primary fields of expertise. Professor Ayubi will be studying contemporary gender ethics in Muslim communities and how ontological understandings of women's bodies affect medical decision-making in a traditionally male-oriented religious context. “Bioethics is not my field," she says, "yet I find that the precarious situation of patients in tough medical circumstances that require consideration of religion and bioethics is telling of deep underlying philosophical ideas—in Muslim traditions specifically—about the nature of women’s humanity.” Read more about the grant in Dartmouth News.

"Unfortunate Destiny: Animals in the Indian Buddhist Imagination"

Professor Reiko Ohnuma‘s Unfortunate Destiny: Animals in the Indian Buddhist Imagination (Oxford University Press, 2017) is "a masterful treatment of animals in Indian Buddhist literature," comments Natasha Heller, Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia, in her podcast interview with Professor Ohuma in New Books Network. "Although they are lower than humans in the paths of rebirth, stories about animals show them as virtuous and generous—and often the victim of human failings. In the life stories of the Buddha, animals serve as 'doubles,' thereby adding nuance and complexity to various episodes in the Buddha’s life.

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