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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.