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May 2017
News and Events


01) BCSR Media | New Recordings Available
02) New Directions in Theology | BCSR Welcomes New Cohort
03) Graduate Student Summer Research Grants | BCSR to Fund Four Projects
04) BCSR Alumni | Jason Klocek on Research on Religion
05) Support BCSR
06) Have a Great Summer

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01) BCSR Media | New Recordings Available

We have posted audio recordings of most speakers' presentations from Translating Religion and Theology in Europe and Asia: East to West to SoundCloud and our website. These resources join a rich collection of recordings from previous events, including the Vernacular Theologies and What Comes After the Critique of Secularism workshops, that we encourage you to share with colleagues and students.

02) New Directions in Theology | BCSR Welcomes New Cohort

Eight students from six departments will explore various theological topics and refine their research projects with the guidance of BCSR faculty as part of the 2017-2018 New Directions in Theology program. The participants, listed below, include incoming first-year and continuing second-year students. Participants in the program receive $5,000 in supplemental funding through the Berkeley Public Theology Program.

First-Year Students:
Remi Alie, History
Nir Feinbeg, Buddhist Studies
Kyra Sutton, Rhetoric
Josefina Valdes, Anthropology

Second-Year Students:
Bernardo Hinojosa, English and Medieval Studies
Kimberly Kolor, South and Southeast Asian Studies
Paul Thomas, South and Southeast Asian Studies
Mustafa Yildiz, History

03) BCSR Alumni | Jascon Klocek Discusses Religious Repression with Research on Religion

Image result for jason klocekPast BCSR grant recipient Jason Klocek recently spoke with the online podcast Research on Religion about how and why political leaders repress religious groups. Klocek, whose work is forthcoming in an article in the Journal of Conflict Resolution, is a doctoral candidate in UC Berkeley's Department of Political Science. BCSR contributed to funding Klocek's work with a 2015 Graduate Student Summer Research Grant.

04) Graduate Student Summer Research Grants | BCSR to Fund Four Projects

BCSR funding will allow four graduate students to travel to China, Jordan, Germany, and Washington D.C. this summer to further their respective research projects. Support for these grants of $2,000 to $4,000 is provided by the Frank and Leslie Yeary Endowment for Ethics in the Humanities, established to support research and scholarship in ethics.

The four grant recipients are listed below; for descriptions of their projects, and a list of past summer grant winners, please visit our website.

David Bratt, East Asian Languages + Cultures
Ashwak Hauter, Medical Anthropology
Timothy Wright, History
Jane Raisch, Comparative Literature

05) Support BCSR

Since 2011, BCSR has hosted influential lectures and seminars, and awarded thousands in grants and fellowships to students and faculty. Through the Public Theology Program we are reshaping the traditional relationship between theology and the public university. To help us to continue this work in the future, we ask you to support such creative and critical scholarship on religion in the world with a gift of any amount. Thank you!

06) Have a Great Summer

We thank our faculty, students, speakers, and attendees for their contributions to this very productive year at BCSR.

We also extend a special thank you to UC Berkeley's College of Letters and Sciences' Divisions of Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences, the Endowed Fund for the Study of Religious Tolerance, the Frank and Leslie Yeary Endowment for Ethics in the Humanities, and the Henry Luce Foundation for their generous support of our programs.

Have a great summer, and see you in the fall!

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