Mar 292018
 March 29, 2018  Tagged with:

Religions and Public Life at KIE encourages Duke graduate and undergraduate students to apply to our annual international summer school looking at issues in religion and public life. This year’s program will be held in Leipzig, Germany, July 23-29:

Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: these religions rely on normative religious traditions, sometimes called ‘Holy Scriptures’. Today, late-modern or post-modern societies often ask if these normative texts are still meaningful and relevant.

Sponsored by the International Network on Interreligious Research and Education (INIRE), the Leipzig Summer School 2018 brings together researchers and scholars with different religious and professional backgrounds: scholars from Israel, the USA, and Germany, researchers in History, Bible, Quran, Theology, and Sociology of Religion.

The questions asked will include: What roles do “Torah”, “Bible”, and “Quran” play in the three monotheistic religions in the past and present? How are the old texts interpreted today? And how are they used in religious and political discussions? Are ‘holy texts’ relevant for ‘secular people’? And what role do ‘holy texts’ play in the dialogue of religions and discourse in our societies?

Students are asked to send a one-page essay detailing their interest in the program and how it fits into their current course of study. Airfare, lodging, and meals are all included for students selected for the program.

Summer School travel funding is provided by the Center for Jewish Studies at Duke University. The Summer School is co-sponsored by Religions and Public Life at KIE and Leipzig University, with support from other members of INIRE.

Feb 082018
 February 8, 2018

Religions and Public Life at KIE recently cosponsored the event, “Insights Into Extremism: Experiences from a Former Guantanamo Bay Interrogator and a Convicted Jihadist” on January 30, 2018. View media coverage of the event:

Katherine Berko, “Convicted jihadist, former Guantanamo Bay interrogator talk religious extremism
Duke Chronicle (31 January 2018)

Said@Duke: Ismail Royer on post-jihadist life Duke Today (7 February, 2018)

Feb 072018
 February 7, 2018

moral purpose
The call for submissions to the 2018 Kenan Moral Purpose Award essay competition is now open, with a deadline of midnight on Monday, March 19. The Kenan Moral Purpose Award is given for the best undergraduate student essay on the role a liberal arts education plays in students’ exploration of the personal and social purposes by which to orient their future and the intellectual, emotional, and moral commitments that make for a full life.

More information and submission instructions here:

Dec 232017
 December 23, 2017

Duke Center for Jewish Studies, in connection with the Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library are pleased to announce the availability of new fellowships, with awards of up to $1500, to support scholars, students and independent researchers whose work would benefit from access to the Judaica materials held by the Rubenstein Library, the Duke Divinity School Library and/or Perkins Library.

The Jewish Studies collections at Duke Libraries include a wide variety of resources — from current publications, films and videos to rare and unique manuscripts and archival material. The Rubenstein Library hosts an impressive collection of Pesach Haggadot that spans more than 1,000 years of history, represents five continents, is written in several different languages and has a variety of specific purposes. Many of these Haggadot are part of the Abram and Frances Pascher Kanof Collection of Jewish Art, Archaelogy and Symbolism, which also has an exceptional collection of unique art books by Jewish and Israeli artists and has Jewish ceremonial art pieces. The Rubenstein Library’s Southern Jewish History collections include the personal papers of prominent Jewish families and individuals in the region. In addition, the Rubenstein Library’s Human Rights Archive holds the personal papers of the distinguished Jewish rabbi and human rights activist Marshall T. Meyer and those of Jewish philosopher and theologian Abraham Joshua Heschel.

Further information, as well as the application and instructions, can be found at the following:

Nov 292017
 November 29, 2017

Daniela R. P. Weiner, a Religions and Public Life Graduate Fellow and PhD student in the Department of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, recently published an article titled ‘Tendentious texts: Holocaust representations andnation-rebuilding in East German, Italian, and West German schoolbooks, 1949-1989′ in the Journal of Modern Jewish Studies.