Religion Department

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 Ronald M. Green's new book

Oxford University Press has just published a new book edited by Professor Ronald M. Green and Nathan J. Palpant, Suffering and Bioethics. The book brings together scientists and scholars from the fields of medicine, biology, neuroscience, theology, and bioethics to examine the meaning of suffering and its implications for medical interventions and medical training.

Professor Ronald M. Green on physician-assisted suicide

"There has been such monolithic opposition to assisted suicide from Christianity. To see this monolithic wall crack a little bit, from such a respected figure as Bishop Tutu, in particular, I think that it will reinforce the moral reasons that have come forth," says Professor Ronald Green in a forthcoming Lancet Oncology story about the debate in the United Kingdom to legalize physician-assisted suicide.

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.

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