Announcing the Religions and Public Life Fellows 2020


Twelve graduate and professional students from Duke and UNC were selected to be a part of this year’s student working group. The theme this year is Immigration and Religion. Program Director, Malachi Hacohen notes, “At a time when borders are closing and walls are being erected, an interdisciplinary graduate student group is responding with a model of collaboration for our world.

Bringing together students from Divinity to Business to Trinity and campus wide support from the Kenan Institute, Jewish Studies, Duke Islamic Studies Center, and the Duke University Middle East Studies Center graduate students studying divergent regions of the globe will be explore the relationship between immigration and religion, seeking religious paths to the reconstruction of human life.” Over the course of the academic year, in monthly meetings the cohort will discuss and develop their respective projects. Their work will be shared on the Religions and Public Life website at the conclusion of the fellowship.

Previous years’ themes include “Church and State” (2019-20), “Pain and Joy: Polemics and Praise in Religious Communities” (2018-19), and “Minorities and Diasporas” (2017-18).