Colorado College News: Religion, Devaka Premawardhana Named ‘Emerging Scholar’ Thu, 26 Jan 2017 14:15:00 MST ]]> <p>Devaka Premawardhana, assistant professor of religion at Colorado College, has been named a 2017 Emerging Scholar by <a href=""><em>Diverse: Issues In Higher Education</em> </a>magazine. He is one of only 12 &ldquo;Under 40&rdquo; scholars selected from around the country.</p> <p>Each year, the magazine recognizes 12 minority scholars throughout the nation whose research and scholarship is cutting edge, says Jamal Eric Watson, the magazine&rsquo;s executive editor. &ldquo;We were impressed with Devaka Premawardhana&rsquo;s work and we are pleased that we were able to train a spotlight on his trajectory. &nbsp;We look forward to following his career and research.&rdquo; &nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;I'm delighted that Devaka has received the&nbsp;2017 Emerging Scholars Award,&rdquo; says CC&rsquo;s Sandra Wong, dean of the college and dean of the faculty. &ldquo;We nominated him based on his outstanding teaching, scholarship and service to the college.&nbsp; Since his first year at Colorado College, he has become a challenging,&nbsp;thought-provoking&nbsp;teacher and a creative&nbsp;scholar in the study of global Christianity.&rdquo; &nbsp; <em>Diverse</em> first published its &ldquo;Emerging Scholars&rdquo; edition in 2002. The magazine&rsquo;s editors select honorees from a pool of candidates recommended by various scholars, department chairs, and others. Each scholar is selected based on research, educational background, publishing record, teaching record, competitiveness of field of study, and uniqueness of field of study.</p> <p>Premawardhana, who holds an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in religion and anthropology from Harvard University, has conducted nearly two years of ethnographic fieldwork in Africa among the Makhuwa-speaking people of Mozambique. His research explores the complexities of Christian identity and practice in a part of the world where indigenous traditions remain vibrant and influential, even in the lives of converts.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s a real honor to be recognized in this way,&rdquo; says Premawardhana. &ldquo;And I&rsquo;m encouraged by what awards like this say about efforts, at CC and in the wider academy, to engage perspectives long overlooked and undervalued.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;He&nbsp;has&nbsp;introduced CC&nbsp;students and colleagues, as well as&nbsp;audiences abroad,&nbsp;to&nbsp;experiences and insights&nbsp;gained from field work and&nbsp;participant&nbsp;observation,&rdquo; adds Wong. &ldquo;I greatly appreciate Devaka&rsquo;s&nbsp;contributions to our curriculum in anthropology and the study of religion and to our community.&nbsp;&nbsp;We are very&nbsp;fortunate to have him on our faculty,&nbsp;and the award is well-deserved.&rdquo;</p> <p>Premawardhana&rsquo;s first book, &ldquo;The Fringes of Faith: Existential Mobility in Everyday Mozambique,&rdquo; to be published by the University of Pennsylvania Press, is due out early next year.</p> CC Professors Co-Author Article on ‘Imperial Privilege’ Mon, 24 Oct 2016 15:00:00 MDT <p>Colorado College faculty members Rashna Batliwala Singh and Peter Matthews Wright&nbsp;have co-authored an op-ed piece, titled <a href="">&ldquo;Imperial Privilege: On War and Violence Near and Far,&rdquo;</a>&nbsp;in Common Dreams. In the article, Singh, visiting professor of English and Race, Ethnicity, and Migration Studies, and Wright, chair of the Religion Department and associate professor of religion, write that <span>&ldquo;the ability of the American electorate to shrug off the plight of those who suffer as the direct result of U.S. foreign policy is so pervasive that it deserves a name. We call it &lsquo;imperial privilege.&rsquo;&rdquo;</span></p> <p>Part of that privilege is the luxury of tuning out images of violent conflict, they say. &ldquo;Whether by turning off the TV and heading to the mall, the movies, or for a hike in the great outdoors, Americans may turn off war with a click. People in countries such as Yemen where U.S. armament sales fuel the devastation of war do not enjoy that option,&rdquo; they write.</p> <p>Singh and Wright contend that &ldquo;imperial privilege has distorted the political conversation in the United States by allowing some questions of conscience to be heard while silencing others.&rdquo;</p> Grant Allows Devaka Premawardhana to Disseminate Research Thu, 10 Sep 2015 10:45:00 MDT <p>Devaka Premawardhana, assistant professor of religion, has been awarded a $5,000 Engaged Anthropology Grant from the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research. The grant will support his travel to Mozambique during the summer of 2016 so that he may share the results of his dissertation research with three communities that supported his work there.<br /><br />&ldquo;There is no better way to thank the men and women who allowed my wife and me to become part of their lives than to return and carry out the mandates of this grant: to share my research in a mutually beneficial way, to learn what I got right and what needs correcting, and to continue building bonds that I hope only strengthen with time,&rdquo; Premawardhana said.<br /><br />Premawardhana&rsquo;s dissertation, &ldquo;Continuities of Change: Conversion and Convertibility in Northern Mozambique,&rdquo; is based on more than a year of ethnographic fieldwork among the Makhuwa-speaking people of Mozambique, in southeastern Africa. His fieldwork, reflecting his training as an anthropologist, explored historical experiences of migration, local rites of passage, and indigenous models of change among the Makhuwa.<br /><br />Premawardhana, who holds an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Religion and Anthropology from Harvard University, said driving the project was a desire to understand why Pentecostal Christianity has failed to grow rapidly in northern Mozambique as it appears to have done in so much of sub-Saharan Africa.<br /><br />&ldquo;The clue to an answer lies in the fact that religious conversion is spoken of by villagers not as a change of heart but as a change of place,&rdquo; Premawardhana said. &ldquo;Mundane spatial metaphors&mdash;of moving, or of entering and leaving&mdash;are what one most commonly hears when people speak of their engagements with different religious communities. My project&rsquo;s contribution to the anthropology of religion, therefore, is to urge consideration of how migratory histories and proclivities shape the ways people move into (and out of) the different religious communities with which they are presented.&rdquo;<br /><br />Premawardhana will spend two weeks in the capital of Maputo, where he will present his work to scholars at the Eduardo Mondlane University, followed by four weeks in the northern province of Niassa, where he will meet with local intellectuals and with Makhuwa-speaking residents of the villages where he worked.<br /><br />&ldquo;All three groups are contending &mdash; each at its own scale &mdash;with new policies constraining peasants&rsquo; movement at a time when rural lands are increasingly controlled by agribusiness multinationals,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;By allowing me to disseminate my research on the migratory strategies with which the Makhuwa have long coped with scarcity and adversity, this grant will help prompt culturally and historically informed reflection on the current political moment.&rdquo;</p> 3 Faculty Members Promoted to Full Professor Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:00:00 MDT <p>Three Colorado College associate professors have been promoted to full professor. They are Tracy Coleman, Religion Department; and Aju Fenn and Esther Redmount, both of the Economics and Business&nbsp;Department.<br /><br />Coleman came to Colorado College in 2001 after receiving her Ph.D. in Religious Studies at Brown University. She also earned an M.A. in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School, an M.A. in French from Middlebury College, and a B.A. in French from Rockford College. Coleman offers courses in religion, Asian Studies, and Feminist and Gender Studies, including Feminisms in Religion and Holy Men, Manly Men: Gods, Buddhas, and Gurus in South Asia. According to one colleague, she aims to &ldquo;foster an intellectually rigorous environment shaped by mutual respect and openness to all ideas and arguments.&rdquo; Describing Coleman as &ldquo;a master of including everyone&rdquo; and &ldquo;the best discussion leader on campus,&rdquo; students attest to her ability to inspire participation and collaboration.<br /><br />Coleman&rsquo;s scholarship &ldquo;examines religion as a discourse of power in relation to gender and sexuality.&rdquo; Her teaching and research interests include Hinduism and South Asian religions, sacred biography in Hindu and Buddhist traditions, Bhakti literature, and Sanskrit literature. Her most recent work was published in an edited volume, <i>The Archaeology of Bhakti I: Mathura and Maturai, Back and Forth</i>. She also has published in the <i>Journal of the American Oriental Society</i>. Coleman has diligently chaired the Religion Department since 2011, and has served on the International Studies Committee, as co-chair of the Sheffer Advisory Committee, and as faculty advisor to study abroad programs in India. She is highly regarded as &ldquo;a wonderful mentor&rdquo; and an organized, efficient, and responsible leader.<br /><br />Fenn began as an assistant professor at Colorado College in 2002. He earned a Ph.D. from Iowa State University and received a B.A. in economics from The College of Wooster and a B.S. from St. Xavier&rsquo;s College. Fenn teaches Principles of Microeconomics, Principles of Macroeconomics, Econometrics, the Economics of Sports, and Art and Economics: Interdisciplinary Analyses. Students describe his teaching and mentoring as &ldquo;influential,&rdquo; &ldquo;brilliant,&rdquo; &ldquo;dynamic,&rdquo; &ldquo;engaging,&rdquo; &ldquo;demanding,&rdquo; and &ldquo;humorous.&rdquo; One student described Fenn&rsquo;s Economics of Sports course as a positive &ldquo;turning point in my education.&rdquo;<br /><br />In the field of sports economics Fenn &ldquo;has a reputation for insight and rigor&rdquo; and for scholarship that is &ldquo;important, timely, and well done.&rdquo;&nbsp; Since receiving tenure in 2007, he has published a large volume of articles in various peer-reviewed journals including <i>International Journal of Sport Finance</i>, <i>Journal of Productivity Analysis, Journal of Business and Economic Research, Journal of Economic Education,</i> and <i>Southern Economic Journal</i>. He has served as department chair, on the Faculty Executive Committee, and most recently on the College Advancement Committee.<br /><br />Redmount received her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia and a B.A. in economics from the College of William and Mary. She teaches Economics of Labor, Immigration, Game Theory, Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory, and Principles of Economics and has designed two interdisciplinary courses, A Worldly Philosophy: The Industrial Revolution in Britain and the Birth of Economics, and Japanese in Japan. Students praise her &ldquo;eloquence and clarity of speech&rdquo; and her &ldquo;real world&rdquo; applications. One student wrote, &ldquo;I can say without hesitation that I would not have been as in love with the field of economics were it not for her ceaseless support and guidance over the past three years.&rdquo; Many students also express appreciation for her mentorship and &ldquo;caring and conscientious&rdquo; advice as they apply to graduate schools and consider careers.<br /><br />Redmount has edited a volume, <i>The Economics of the Family: How the Household Affects Markets and Economic Growth</i>. Her most recent co-authored work, &ldquo;The Effect of Wage Payment Reform on Workers&rsquo; Wages, Labor Supply and Welfare,&rdquo; appeared in <i>Journal of Economic History</i>. She has chaired the Faculty Executive Committee, and served on the Dean&rsquo;s Advisory Committee, the Design Review Board, the Quantitative Reasoning Center Steering Committee, and the last CC presidential search committee.&nbsp; She currently serves on the Library Action Committee and the Health Professions Advisory Committee. Colleagues admire and respect her contributions to the college, especially, as one put it, her &ldquo;calm, measured, and decisive, yet diplomatic voice.&rdquo;</p> Lindsey Pointer ’13 Wins Fulbright to Study in New Zealand Tue, 21 Apr 2015 11:30:00 MDT <p><b>Lindsey Pointer &rsquo;13</b>&nbsp;has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study restorative reintegration and rituals of re-entry in New Zealand.<br /><br />In her proposal, Pointer, who graduated <i>cum laude</i> with a degree in religion, notes that American society uses rituals of conviction and expulsion to label deviance, but lacks rituals to signal apology, forgiveness, and reintegration into the community. In New Zealand, a global leader in restorative justice, reintegration through restorative justice mechanisms is increasingly being used with positive impacts on recidivism and community perception of ex-inmates, she said.<br /><br />&ldquo;Given the promise of this model and dearth of research on its potential in the United States, this project aims to investigate the structure and effectiveness of different reintegration models, paying particular attention to ritual components that signal lifting of shame and reacceptance into society,&rdquo; Pointer said. &ldquo;Restorative practices continue to expand throughout the criminal justice system and school disciplinary arena. Through these efforts, a new focus on &lsquo;restorative reintegration&rsquo; is emerging. Contrary to the retributive model, restorative reintegration creates partnerships that promote positive social interaction, support, and accountability for the offender, enabling a more successful transition.&rdquo;<br /><br />While at Colorado College, Pointer received a Venture Grant to study the integration of indigenous spiritual practices in restorative justice in Hawaii. &ldquo;The research I completed through my Venture Grant contributed to my senior thesis, which examined restorative justice through religious studies theoretical lenses,&rdquo; she said. Her progression in the field continues with being a recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship.<br /><br />Pointer currently is the senior bilingual case coordinator at Longmont (Colorado) Community Justice Partnership, a nonprofit that provides restorative justice services to the Longmont community and schools.<br /><br />&ldquo;I am excited to expand my understanding of the impact of restorative practices through the opportunity to study in New Zealand, where these practices are well-established and integrated into the justice system,&rdquo; she said.<br /><br />Pointer applied for a 2014-15 Fulbright and got as far as the &ldquo;alternate&rdquo; status. She reapplied last fall and this time was selected as a recipient.</p> Three Faculty Members Promoted to Full Professor Mon, 12 May 2014 14:15:00 MDT <p>The Board of Trustees approved several items during their May meeting, including the promotion of three Colorado College faculty members to full professor. They are Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry&nbsp;Neena Grover; Associate Professor of Anthropology Sarah Hautzinger; and Associate Professor of Anthropology Corinne Scheiner.<br /><br />In addition, six retiring faculty members were granted emeritus status. They are Professor of Religion David Weddle; Professor of Environmental Science Walt&nbsp;Hecox; Professor of German Richard Koc; Senior Lecturer in Japanese Paul Maruyama; Professor of Music Stephen Scott; and Professor of German Armin Wishard.</p> Yearlong Series at CC Explores Tradition, Change in Islamic World Thu, 27 Sep 2012 10:54:00 MDT ]]> <p>Eighteen months ago, the organizers of a yearlong, interdisciplinary program focusing on tradition and change in the Islamic world had no idea that news from the Islamic world would soon be making international headlines.<br /><br />Colorado College&rsquo;s timely &ldquo;Cross-Currents: Exploring Tradition and Change in the Islamic World,&rdquo; is a far-reaching series of exhibitions, performances, films, lectures, and events that examine current social, political, and cultural issues of the Islamic world. &nbsp;Events ranging from Islamic art and films to hip-hop artists and comedians are aimed at providing multiple points of access and uncover various aspects of contemporary Islamic culture, both abroad and in the United States.<br /><br />&ldquo;Coming at a time of great change within the Islamic world, the programs seek to give voice to perspectives that are often silenced by the polarizing political rhetoric that is often the sole focus of the media,&rdquo; said Jessica Hunter-Larsen, curator of the IDEA Space at Colorado College and a major force in organizing the series.<br /><br />The opening exhibition in the program, &ldquo;Cross-Currents: Tradition and Innovation in Contemporary Art of the Islamic World,&rdquo; runs through Oct. 24.<br /><br />&ldquo;What makes the images in this collection significant is that they are images created by Muslims themselves&mdash;they are images of their own choosing. To mix metaphors, these are images that give their Muslim creators a voice of their own: something that Muslims are frequently denied in the 24-hour news cycle,&rdquo; says Peter Wright, an Islamicist and assistant religion professor at CC.<br /><br />The final event in the series is a February performance by comedian Maz Jobrani titled &ldquo;Colliding Currents?: Exploring the Boundaries of Humor, Faith and Politics.&rdquo; For more information, go to:<br /><a href="" target="_new">/newsevents/newsroom/forthemedia/releases/2012/Islamicworldpressrelease2.doc</a></p> Colorado College Senior Presents Paper at Religion Conference Sat, 16 Apr 2011 16:00:00 MDT <p>Theresa Snyder &rsquo;11 presented a paper titled &ldquo;Popular Media, Yellow Journalism, and the Penitentes of the Southwest&rdquo; at the annual meeting of the Rocky Mountain-Great Plains Chapter of the American Academy of Religion. The conference took place on March 18 at the University of Denver.&nbsp; Snyder, from Crested Butte, Colo., and a double major in Southwest Studies and religion, based her conference paper on her senior thesis.</p> Colorado College Prof. David Weddle Publishes Book on Miracles Mon, 28 Jun 2010 12:00:00 MDT ]]> <p><span>Colorado College Professor of Religion David Weddle has recently published a book on miracles in world religions. The book, "</span><span><span>Miracles: Wonder and Meaning in World Religions," examines the stories of miracles among the gurus, rebbes, bodhisattvas, saints, and imams of Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam through the centuries. Finding a common ground in the definition that "a miracle is an event of transcendent power that arouses wonder and carries religious significance for those who witness it or hear or read about it," he examines each tradition through the same lens. Weddle explores the mysterious healings in the waters at Lourdes, looks at those affected by evangelists, and explains why Sunnis, Shiites, and Sufis disagree about the nature of miracles in Islam.</span> </span></p> CC Student Wins Fund for Theological Education Undergraduate Fellowship Fri, 29 May 2009 12:00:00 MDT <p><span><o:p><p>Paul C. Quast &rsquo;10 has been awarded a 2009 Fund for Theological Education (FTE) Undergraduate Fellowship. FTE Undergraduate Fellowships recognize students who have gifts for leadership and are exploring the possibility of ministry as a vocation. Quast, a religion major, will receive $2,000 for tuition, other educational expenses or a self-designed experience related to the exploration of ministry. He will also attend the 2009 FTE Conference on Excellence in Ministry, &ldquo;Becoming Rich toward God: Pastoral Leadership and Economic Justice,&rdquo; June 17-21 at Virginia Theological Seminary in <st1:place><st1:city>Alexandria</st1:city>, <st1:state>Va.</st1:state></st1:place> Kate S. Holbrook, CC&rsquo;s assistant chaplain, nominated Quast for the fellowship award. FTE Undergraduate Fellows are selected competitively from a pool of applicants from across the <st1:country-region>U.S.</st1:country-region> and <st1:country-region><st1:place>Canada</st1:place></st1:country-region>.<span>&nbsp; </span>They must be nominated by a professor, school administrator, pastor or campus minister; hold a minimum 3.0 grade point average; have an interest in exploring ministry as a vocation; and demonstrate leadership in a church or school community.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></o:p></span></p>