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.
Congratulations to David Morgan, Leela Prasad, Mark Brettler and Hwansoo Kim for the recently published article: "Entanglement and the Future of Religious Studies" https://humanitiesfutures.org/papers/entanglement-future-religious-studi...
Entanglement and the Future of Religious Studies
Congratulations to Richard Jaffe and his initiative's members, Holly Rogers (CAPS), Denise Comer (Thompson Writing Program), and Moria Smolski (Psychiatry), Mindfulness Across the Disciplines, having been awarded an Intellectual Planning Grant for 2018.
Congratulations to Professor Mona Hassan!
We are delighted to announce that Longing for the Lost Caliphate: A Transregional History, has been selected to receive the AAR's (American Academy of Religion) Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion in the Historical Studies category.
Kalman P. Bland (1942–2017), a longtime member of the American Academy of Religion, was professor emeritus of religious studies at Duke University, amateur violist, conversationalist extraordinaire, and embodiment of the Platonic ideal of thoughtfulness.
Kalman P. Bland, Professor Emeritus of the Department of Religious Studies, Duke University, died on July 15, 2017, in Chesterfield Royal Hospital in Derbyshire, UK.
He became seriously ill while traveling with his partner, Annabel Wharton, in Italy and England; doctors identified a tumor on the pancreas as the cause of the complications that led to his death.