Faculty accomplishments, 2016-2017

As we leave the 2016-2017 school year behind, here's a look back at what some of the faculty from the Department of Comparative Religion accomplished during that year.

The cover of Mormonism the BasicsJohn-Charles Duffy co-authored a short textbook, Mormonism: The Basics (Routledge). For Miami’s “Better Together Week,” a week of programming on interfaith understanding, he gave a presentation titled “Making Sense of Evangelical-Mormon Interfaith Dialogue.”

Nathan French spoke with other Miami faculty on a panel examining the Trump administration’s January 2017 executive order banning immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries. He was selected to deliver a TEDx Talk on “the concept of empathy as a tool for addressing the bigotry, racism, and xenophobia plaguing our world.”

Hillel Gray, in his capacity as coordinator of Miami’s Jewish studies program, brought Haim Rechnitzer to Miami for a poetry reading. Dr. Rechnitzer is a rabbi and professor of modern Jewish thought at Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati.

Scott Kenworthy organized the biennial conference of the Association for the Study of Eastern Christian History and Culture, of which he is currently serving as president. The conference’s theme was “Eastern Christianity, Reformations, and Revolutions,” in recognition of the 500th year of the Protestant Reformation and the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution. Held at Miami, the conference brought together scholars from both sides of the Atlantic; Miami students and faculty were able to attend conference events for free.

Liz Wilson published an article in Religion and Gender on male pilgrims to the shrine of the Hindu god Ayyappan. She presented research on contemporary legal battles over religious suicide in India to the Scripps Gerontology Center, of which she is a research fellow. Having been chosen as a faculty fellow for the 2016-2017 Altman Program of the Miami Humanities Center, she met throughout the year with other Miami faculty and visiting scholars to explore the theme “Medicine and the Humanities.”