Professor Susan Ackerman on cultural vandalism in Iraq

Professor Susan Ackerman '80, Preston H. Kelsey Professor in Religion, professor of women's and gender studies and Jewish studies at Dartmouth, and also president of the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR), was interviewed for Dartmouth Now about the destruction of ancient Assyrian artifacts by Islamic State (ISIS) militants in Iraq, which has led to a joint statement from ASOR, the Association of Art Museum Directors, the Archaeological Institute of America, and the Society for American Archaeology deploring the destruction and calling on authorities to support the archaeological community's efforts to repair damaged works if possible, and to find an reclaim missing objects. Read the entire interview here.

Professor Susannah Heschel on the Selma to Montgomery March

“Few events in history of the United States are as inspiring as the march from Selma. Walking across the Edmund Pettus Bridge (named for a Confederate general) opened a door, inviting all Americans to join in unity against segregation and racism,” says Professor Susannah Heschel in a Jewish Daily Forward opinion piece about her father, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, who was among those who marched with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from Selma to Montgomery in 1965.

Professor Randall Balmer named Faculty Fellow

Professor Randall Balmer (upper left) has been appointed by Dartmouth president Philip Hanlon to serve as a faculty fellow in the new Dartmouth Society of Fellows, an interdisciplinary community that will support the integration of research and teaching excellence. The faculty fellows will mentor a cohort of newly-minted postdoctoral fellows, who will arrive on campus a year from now. Professor Balmer says the Society will play a central role in energizing intellectual life and scholarly productivity at the College. "I'm honored that the president has chosen me to lead this initiative, and I look forward to working with the other faculty fellows during its formative stages," he says.

Professor Susan Ackerman '80 on the Phenomenon of Religion

Susan Ackerman ’80, the Preston H. Kelsey Professor of Religion, is also a professor of Jewish studies and of women’s and gender studies and the author of three books about the religions of ancient Israel. She recently spoke with Dartmouth Now about her work, her taste in mysteries, and what about her surprises people.

Class of '14 Religion majors awarded Department of Religion Prizes

Department of Religion Prizes were awarded to graduating Religion majors:

Two Religion majors graduated with high honors: Isha V. Flores '14 and Charlotte R. Morris '14.

Congratulations to all!

Professor Susannah Heschel elected to ASSR

Professor Susannah Heschel has been elected to the American Society for the Study of Religions (ASSR). Established in 1959, this is an interdisciplinary group of about 100 members who are chosen on the basis of their scholarly accomplishments, their comparative interests, and their collegiality with peers.

"Quote of the Day"

Dartmouth Now chose a quote from Professor Randall Balmer's Valley News op-ed article, "Why I Testified for Fred Phelps" as its "Quote of the Day": "I remember Phelps for having confronted me with an ethical dilemma that haunts me to this day," says Professor Randall Balmer about the notorious pastor Fred Phelps of Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas.

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