3/4/2015 - PhD candidate Dana Logan was awarded $500 grant by the The Devonia and Steve Stein Fund for the Study of American Religions to support her participation in the Spring 2015 Church History conference. She organized an innovative panel entitled “Future of the American Religious Past” that put John Lardas Modern and Mark Noll in dialogue with one another. The panel broke new ground at Church History by adopting an untraditional format in which two senior scholars engaged one another around the pressing questions of young scholars. The students’ questions encouraged them to clarify basic issues of historical agency and theoretical genealogy within their work. The panel also served a crucial pedagogical function of clarifying the argument and stakes of both scholars’ books for the field at large.
Undergraduate Hannah Murray has been awarded a $500 Mary Jo Weaver Scholarship.
The Mary Jo Weaver Undergraduate Scholarship Program is intended to provide ongoing support for up to two years in the amount of $500 per year to one or two Religious Studies majors. Funds are available so long as the awardee continues to matriculate at IUB as a Religious Studies major and maintains a GPA of 3.5 in RS courses, and 3.0 overall. These awards are discretionary, and may not be awarded every year.
Kerilyn Harkaway-Krieger received her PhD from the department in December for her dissertation, “Mysticism and Metaphor: Visionary Literature in Fourteenth-Century England.” The project examines the relationship between mysticism and materiality through new readings of canonical texts. Focusing on the surprisingly shared formal features of two different Middle English genres (poetic dream visions and mystical texts written in prose), she argues for a reconsideration of metaphor as, paradoxically, a site for the concurrence of materiality and mysticism. Metaphors do not simply point “beyond” language to what cannot be said; rather, as she shows through careful close readings of Middle English texts, metaphorical language enacts the ineffable through a coincidence of opposites. Her dissertation thus intervenes in the longstanding scholarly conversation about medieval mysticism by using the methodology and theoretical approaches of literary studies, drawing attention to how the formal features of these texts (the material element of their language) are the locus of their mystical content.
3/4/2015 - The Indiana University Ethics Bowl team advanced to the semifinals of the national Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl competition in Costa Mesa, CA, on February 22. The competition is held each year in conjunction with the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics International Conference. IU’s two teams placed first and second in the Central States regional competition in October, awarding IU a slot in the thirty-two-team national competition. IU made it to the final four before being nudged out by the eventual national champions, Taylor University.
In addition to advancing to the semifinals, IU also won the Spirit of Robert Ladenson Award, which is named for the founder of the Ethics Bowl competition and recognizes excellence in exemplifying the Ethics Bowl competition’s core values of respect and civility. The Ladenson Award is awarded by the votes of fellow Ethics Bowl competitors who have either observed or competed against the schools for whom they cast their votes. “The Ladenson Award is really the most important trophy at the Ethics Bowl competition, especially since it represents the consensus of the team’s peers,” said coach Emma Young. Fellow coach, and religious studies PhD candidate, Joe Bartzel added, “I couldn’t be prouder of our students. They’re sharp thinkers, they work incredibly hard, and they compete the right way. As a coach, I really couldn’t ask for anything more out of a team.”
The Ethics Bowl competition requires teams to argue for and defend their assessment of complex moral issues across a variety of fields, including biomedical ethics, public policy, technology and personal relationships. Teams received the fifteen cases to be debated at the national competition five weeks in advance and were required to analyze and research them prior to the competition. Unlike a traditional debate format, Ethics Bowl students compete in teams of three to five members and do not know in advance which cases will be called or what questions they will be required to answer about them. IU’s team members at the national competition were Radhika Agarwal (biochemistry and biology), John Hanks (economics, English and philosophy), Alexandria Henke (chemistry and political science), Grant Manon (economic consulting) and Nikhil Nandu (business). The team is sponsored by the Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions, a research center of IU’s Media School.
Graduate Student news
Undergraduate student news
Undergraduate Gallagher essay contest:
- 1st place: Sarah Babb, "Significant Space: Augustine and “the Mirror Stage."
- 2nd place: Colleen Leahy, "In Buddhism, You don’t Have to Believe Anything: Experience and the Hybridity of Modern American Zen."
- 3rd place: Hannah Garvey, "Productive Struggle: Miguel de Unamuno’s Model of Religious Identity."
Undergraduate honors thesis:
- Colleen Leahy, "In Buddhism, You don’t Have to Believe Anything: Experience and the Hybridity of Modern American Zen "
Graduate essay contest:
- Andrew Monteith "'The Words of McKenna': Healing, Political Critique, and the Evolution of Psychonaut Religion since the 1960s Counterculture."