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Kalbian Receives Undergraduate Teaching Award and Faculty Seminole Award

Professor Kalbian was selected to receive two university awards in the spring. The first was the Undergraduate Teaching Award, a student-oriented award with nominations submitted by students and alumni. The second was the Faculty Seminole Award, which is awarded to between two and four faculty/A&P/staff members who are responsible for major contributions to the University through service to students. This award is presented to those candidates who have an exemplary attitude toward students, who are enthusiastic about working with students, and who extend themselves to help students.


Buhrman was awarded a 2015 Florence Tan Moeson Fellowship

Professor Kristina Buhrman was awarded a 2015 Florence Tan Moeson Fellowship by the Asian Division of the Library of Congress. Under this reward, she traveled to Washington in July to examine manuscript and printed guidebooks to calendars and day-selection from the Edo (1600 – 1868) and early Meiji (1868 – 1912) periods in the Library of Congress’ collection of works on traditional Japanese mathematics. Through comparing the contents of these works, and what authorities are cited, she is tracing the spread of beliefs drawn from pre-modern astronomy and astrology among the Japanese population.

Porterfield on CNN news : Was America founded as a Christian nation?

That question has served a variety of political causes since July 4, 1776, from legalizing persecution and aiding runaway slaves to fighting Nazis and Communists.
The scholars below have spent years reflecting on the intersection of American religion and nationalism. Their answers to the question invite us to examine the motivations behind the controversy: Why do so many people think the country's Christian history is so important?
Amanda Porterfield is a professor of religion at Florida State University. Her most recent book is "Conceived in Doubt: Religion and Politics in the New American Nation."
If we are talking about 13 colonies belonging to the British Empire, whose king presided over an imperial church, then yes, British citizens residing in those colonies lived under Christian rule. >>Read More on CNN

Prof. François Dupuigrenet-Desroussilles invited to University of Tokyo this fall as Visiting Professor

Invited by professor Mariko Muramatsu Professor François Dupuigrenet-Desroussilles gave two lectures in May 2014 at the graduate school of the College of arts and sciences in the University of Tokyo on The History of the book and the Study of Literature and on Religious Aspects of Visual poetry during the Renaissance and Baroque era. The latter was the occasion of very stimulating exchanges with students working on Saint Thomas, the Jesuit missions in Japan, or the comparative history of Buddhist and Christian relics. These lectures led to a formal invitation to teach in 2015 as visiting professor a two months graduate course at the university of Tokyo on religious conflicts in early modern Europe both inside Christianity--from the outset of the Reformation to the peace of Westphalia in 1648 that put an end to the Thirty Years War on the principle “cujus regio ejus religio”--, and outside of it--the wars against the Ottoman sultanate until the peace of Karlowitz in 1699. Professor Dupuigrenet-Desroussilles was asked to emphasize how knowledge of these issues could help us to understand the contemporary confrontation between branches of Islam and western states that after decades of secular politics reconsider the relevance of their “Christian roots” not only in their foreign policy--for example the debate about Turkey entering the European Union--but in their domestic agendas from legislation about gay marriage to the relations of Church and State now that Islam has become one of the main religions of countries like France or England. Another invitation, for a research semester at the university of Kyoto in 2016-2017, this time about ascetic traditions, has been extended by professor Okada Atsushi.

Kavka Selected as Katz Fellow for 2015-2016

Kavka’s project during his year at the Katz Center — “A Jewish Bacchanalian Revel: The Place of G.W.F. Hegel in Jewish Philosophy” — starts from the failures of Jewish metaphysical inquiry in the twentieth century, from the inability of Jewish philosophy to give a consistent account of itself. The canon, in Kavka’s view, is itself evidence that Jewish philosophy is an example of what the philosopher Robert Pippin has called (in a description of Hegelian logic) “a constantly unstable reflective enterprise.” As a result, Kavka’s research project aims to redescribe Jewish philosophy in a Hegelian manner—as something that changes over time because various situations steer the process of reasoning in different directions—and retrieves nineteenth-century and twentieth-century Jewish philosophers who cited and grappled with Hegel in the service of this end.


Prof. John Corrigan receives award of the Fulbright Distinguished Research Chair the most prestigious appointment in the Fulbright Scholar Program

Corrigan, the Lucius Moody Bristol Distinguished Professor of Religion, was one of about 40 people in the United States to receive a Fulbright Distinguished Chair this year. To be considered for a distinguished chair award, candidates must be eminent scholars and have significant publishing and teaching records.

Corrigan’s award will allow him to travel to the Netherlands, where he will spend four months in Middelburg conducting research as the Fulbright Distinguished Research Chair of the Roosevelt Study Center, a think tank for scholars researching modern American history and culture.

While there, Corrigan will meet with scholars in residence at the center as well as scholars and diplomatic staff at The Hague and elsewhere, deliver occasional lectures and work toward completion of his book, "Religious Violence and American Foreign Policy," which will be published by the University of Chicago Press.

“I am looking forward to engaging experts in the fields of diplomatic and religious history and to discussing international policy and its implementation with persons from various governments,” he said. >>Read on FSU Top Story

Ph.D. candidate John Crow wins Online Distance Learning Awards
Ph.D. candidate John Crow wins the Florida State University's first annual Online Distance Learning Awards in the category of Excellence in Online Course Design for the Department of Religion’s first online course, World Religions (REL1300). He also received an honorable mention in the category of Excellence in Online Teaching.