(RNS) — Shopping at Walmart a few years ago, David Morgan saw a statuette of Santa Claus praying on one knee before a cross and knew he had to have it.
Duke's own Leela Prasad has officially accepted the Fulbright-Nehru Fellowship. Leela will conduct ethnographic research in Maharashtra, India, a state that collaborates with NGOs to run a “Gandhi Study Program” in its prisons. Her goal is to study how ex-prisoners exposed to Gandhi’s writings during prison-time incorporate Gandhian principles and practices into their post-prison life. She plans to write a book that will explore how meaning is installed into being human at the margin, and how the figuration of Gandhi plays a role in shaping the “centers” and “margins” of society.
Duke's own Prof. Marc Z. Brettler was recently granted an audience with Pope Francis on March 27.
By Duke Global staff
Prasad’s study examines prisoners who are exposed to writings on compassion, non-violence and freedom through a voluntary Gandhi Study Program in Maharashtra(link is external), a state in India. The program is run by a collaboration between the state government and nongovernmental organizations. The participants can also volunteer for a service project after release.
Special shout out and congratulations to our very own Leela Prasad, recipient of the 2019 Dean's Award for Excellence in Mentoring!!! Congratulations! :)
January 14, 2019
Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926) is recognized as one of the great poets of 20th century European modernism. From 1921-1926, he lived in southern Switzerland, in a region called the Valais. Following the completion of the Duino Elegies and Sonnets to Orpheus, Rilke began to work in both French and German. A collection of French poems addressed to the landscape of Valais, Quatrains Valaisans, was published in 1926.
Vatican officials lingered over images of Balenciaga evening coats, Madame Grès capes and the Schiaparelli gown embroidered with the keys of St. Peter, pieces that clearly referenced the familiar silhouettes of their ecclesiastical and monastic garments, but flipped past the more risqué looks.
Honoring former Duke Professor, William H. Poteat - Commemorative piece by Zoe Lavina, presented by James Van Pelt, and Betty and Jerry Eidenier.
Beloved faculty member Hwansoo Ilmee Kim has accepted an offer at Yale. Yale has created a new position in Korean Studies. An alumnus donated $3 million for an endowment specifically for Korean studies. There is also an endowment of $1.5 million in the Department of Religious Studies that can be used for developing East Asian Buddhist studies. With these resources, Dr. Kim hopes to lay the groundwork for Korean studies, as well as for Korean Buddhist studies, during his remaining career.