Our Distinguished University Professor Dr. James F. Strange will be honored during the Annual Meeting of The American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) in Atlanta in November, 2015, for his many contributions to the field of Near Eastern Archaeology and Biblical Studies. ASOR has planned a luncheon and two academic sessions in tribute to Dr. Strange.
During our Fall Reception on Friday, September 11, 2015, we celebrated the 40th Anniversary of the founding of the Department of Religious Studies here at USF and launched our Faculty Mentoring Program for all Religious Studies majors.
In August, 2015, two new visiting instructors – Dr. Michael Heyes and Dr. Kate Temoney -- joined our faculty.
Dr. William Schanbacher’s book The Politics of Food: The Global Conflict between Food Security and Food Sovereignty was rated among the top 5 books on feeding the world by The Guardian.
In May, 2015, the department received another 2-year-long grant from the June Baumgardner Gelbart Foundation for our lecture series in Jewish Studies.
Dr. Michael DeJonge received a research fellowship from the Mellon Foundation and the Volkswagen Stiftung to be in residence at the Leibniz Institute of European History in Mainz, Germany, 2014-15
Dr. Thomas Williams was awarded the American Philosophical Association’s Edinburgh Prize and will be in residence at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh in the fall of 2014.
Routledge recently published Dr. Michael DeJonge’s book Translating Religion: What Is Lost and Gained? (2015), co-edited with Christiane Tietz.
The second edition of Mr. Dell deChant’s book Religion & Culture in the West: A Primer was published in 2015 by Kendall Hunt Publishing Company.
Dr. William Schanbacher’s edited book The Global Food System: Issues and Solutions was recently published by Praeger (2014). This book provides a thorough examination of the factors that contribute to lack of access to food in different regions of the world. By uncovering the inequalities and injustices in the food system, the book offers potential strategies for achieving a more just global food system.
Dr. Danny Jorgensen's new co-edited book, Herstories: Ten Autobiographical Narratives of RLDS Women, was recently published by the John Whitmer Historical Association. The contributions of women to the history of the Latter Day Saint movement have too often been minimized and their voices have frequently gone unheard. This collection begins to address this omission by publishing the autobiographical narratives — the herstories — of ten women who were members of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (now Community of Christ). In telling their own stories in their own words, these women give us a more complete and a more compelling vision of RLDS history.
Dr. Michael DeJonge's new co-edited book, The Bonhoeffer Reader, was recently published by Fortress Press. For the first time, a representative collection of all Bonhoeffer's theological works is available in a single volume, edited by Bonhoeffer scholars Clifford J. Green and Michael P. DeJonge. The Bonhoeffer Reader follows on the heels of the newly completed 16-volume Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works English Edition (DBWE), a major 25-year translation project supported by the International Bonhoeffer Society and published by Fortress Press. From this massive collection of books, lectures, articles, letters and sermons, about 800 pages of all Bonhoeffer's key theological writing have been chosen to reveal his central theological ideas and their development. The Reader is formatted so that students can easily go back to the original DBWE volumes and all the additional resources included in them, making it easier than ever to pursue a more comprehensive study of Bonhoeffer's brilliant theological career.