Faculty Awards and Recognition
Dr. John Phillips was elected to the Council of Scholars in spring of 2012.
Dr. Irven Resnick was elected by the Board of Governors of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies to a fourth three-year term as a senior associate (2012-2015).
Dr. Tamara Welsh received the Keep the Stars Shining Performance Award, from the University of Tennessee Chattanooga (2012)
Dr. Jonathan Yeager was selected by Chatter Magazine to be featured in its June 2012 issue on “20 Under 40,” which profiles 20 young “movers and shakers” in the Chattanooga area. He also was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (FRHistS) in 2012.
Congratulations to Dr. Brian Ribeiro, who was recently awarded tenure by UTC. Dr. Ribeiro was also promoted in rank. His new title will be UC Foundation Associate Professor of Philosophy. The Department wishes to congratulate Dr. Ribeiro for both of these fine achievements!
When asked for any comment on these changes, Dr. Ribeiro smilingly reports that, now, with tenure in a job he loves, he really truly feels “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!”
Dr. John Fitzpatrick, has published his book "Starting with Mill" (Continuum Press, 2010). This book takes a philosophical look at the work of 19th Century British philosopher, John Stuart Mill.
Dr. Tamara Welsh, received the Above and Beyond Award for Professors, Student Support Services (UTC), (2009)
Dr. Irven Resnick, Philosophy and Religion Professor and Judaic Studies Chair of Excellence, has received $199,756 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to hold a five-week summer institute on Jewish history in the medieval era.
Titled “Representations of the ‘Other’: Jews in Medieval Christendom,” this institute will be held July 6 to August 11, 2010. The purpose of this institute is to gain a better understanding of the changes in the legal status, economic conditions, cultural stereotypes, and depictions of Jews as the most visible and problematic minority group in medieval Christendom, with a focus on interrelationships between medieval Jews and Christians in Western Europe. The institute will include a series of presentations by scholars with backgrounds in history, medieval Jewish history, and Jewish values. Participants include 25 faculty members from two-year to four-year colleges or universities whose teaching and research touch on some aspect of the medieval period. Faculty from various academic fields, including literature, history, theology, and psychology are expected to attend.
Dr. William Harman, Professor, Philosophy and Religion
Delivered the Lyman Coleman Memorial Religious Studies Lecture Series, Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania, April 6-8, 2009. Named to an additional 3-year Term of Service on 4-Member International Board of Directors for the Conference for the Study of Religion in India, 2010. Publications: “A Miracle (or Two) in Tirucchi,” in Dempsey, Corinne and Selva Raj, The Miracle as Conundrum in South Asian Religions. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2009, pp. 105-119 (b) “Laughing Until it Hurts...Somebody Else--The Pain of a Ritual Joke,” in Dempsey, Corinne and Raj, Selva, Sacred Play: Ritual Levity and Humor in South Asian Religions. Albany: State Univerisity of New York Press, 2010, pp. 107-123. Wrote “Possession as Protection and Affliction: The Goddess Mariyamman’s Fierce Grace” in Fabrizio Ferrari (ed.), Health and Religious Rituals in South Asia: Disease, Possession and Healing. Oxford: Routledge, forthcoming, 2011. Presentations: “Violent Disciplines: Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers and the Militant Ascetic Traditions of India,” November 7, 2009 at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Montréal, Canada. Revised version presented as Department of Philosophy and Religion Lecture Feb. 22, 2010. "Religious Visionaries in a Brutal Terrorist Group," Conference for the Study of Religion in India, to be presented June 14, 2010 in Toronto Canada. "Devotion, Possession, and Illness in the World of the Goddess," International Association of Asia Studies, Bonn, Germany, to be presented July 18, 2010 pending travel funds approval. Reviewed: New Homelands: Hindu Communities in Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad, South Africa, Fiji, and East Africa. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009. Dustjacket endorsement and argument summary. Shiv Sena Women: Violence and Communalism in a Bombay Slum. by Atreyee Sen, Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2007, Journal of Asian Studies, forthcoming 2011. Saivism in the Diaspora: Contemporary Forms of Skanda Worship by Ron Geaves. London and Oakville, CT.: 2007. Journal of Hindu Studies., forthcoming, 2011. Recommendation to publish, with modifications, accepted by East-West Press, University of Honolulu, Hawaii. Global India circa 100 CE: South Asia in Early World History by Richard H. Davis. Ann Arbor: Association for Asian Studies, 2009. Pre-publication review with revision recommendations.