Religion Department

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.

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.

Meredyth Morley honored for 15 years of service

Dartmouth College is honoring Meredyth Morley, Religion and Philosophy Departments Administrator, for fifteen years of service! The Religion Department faculty wishes to express its extreme gratitude to Meredyth for everything she does for us every day to keep our department running smoothly. Without her, we would fall apart! (And, of course, we love her dog, Nellie, too.)

 

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

"Why I Love Being a Religion Major"

Julianna Thomson '20 loves being a Religion major because of the small class sizes, Foreign Study Program in Edinburgh, Scotland, and learning about different world views. Read her profile on the Undergraduate Admissions Office's blog. What are the requirements for a Religion major or minor? Check out the Religion website here - and check out our current and upcoming course offerings here.

Devin Singh awarded Luce grant

Assistant Professor of Religion Devin Singh has been awarded a Luce Foundation-funded grant through the Institute of Buddhist Studies for an interreligious and interdisciplinary project around the impact of technology on self and society. Singh's project is "Decentered Sovereignties and Spectral Transactions: Cryptocurrency, Public Theology, and the Ethics of Presence," for inclusion in the Public Theologies of Technology and Presence grants and research initiative. Read more about his project here, and more about the Institute of Buddhist Studies' initiative here. He is teaching a course on God & Money (Rel. 11.01) at Dartmouth this Summer Term, and will be teaching Rel. 74.13, Religion and the Rise of Capitalism, in the Fall 2018 Term.

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!

"Where Are All The Women In Jewish Studies?"

"Where Are All The Women In Jewish Studies?" ask Susannah Heschel (Chair of Dartmouth's Jewish Studies Program as well as Professor of Religion here) and Sarah Imhoff (Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and of Religious Studies at Indiana University) in their July 3, 2018, Forward article by that title, which explores gender bias in academia, publishing, professional organizations, and foundations in the field and urges leaders in the field to consider the implications: "By not including women scholars, you are deliberately distorting the state of the field, narrowing the range of knowledge and interpretation, and excluding important areas of research and insight. To include women means not simply the presence of female bodies, but of great minds, important experiences and points of view that enhance the quality of scholarship. The answer: We are here. Listen to us."

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