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Keenan Lewis is one of the recipients of the 2018 Unsung Hero Award

Logo for the 2018 MLK Celebration at Syracuse University

Logo for the 2018 MLK Celebration at Syracuse University

January 29, 2018


Keenan Lewis, a student in the Department of Religion, is one of two student recipients of the 2018 Syracuse University Martin Luther King Celebration Unsung Hero Awards. Keenan has developed and implemented multiple community service activities and events, serving thousands of members of the Syracuse community. Keenan and his wife Maria are the creators of the “I Know I Can” radio program. The program, which airs on 87.7 WVOA radio and wvoaradio.com Thursday evenings at 7 p.m., aims to promote positive discussion on a variety of important topics including mental health, education, job resources, budgeting and important community events. Congratulations, Keenan!

John D. Caputo Anthologized

The book cover of The Essential Caputo, with a headshot of John D. Caputo

The book cover of The Essential Caputo, with a headshot of John D. Caputo

January 29, 2018

B. Keith Putt, of Samford University, has edited an anthology of essential writings by Thomas J. Watson Professor Emeritus John D. CaputoThe Essential Caputo places twenty-one of Caputo's most significant works in dialogue with one another and demonstrates Caputo's significant contributions to radical hermeneutics and radical theology. This volume will serve as an excellent introduction to Caputo's writings and continental philosophy of religion. The Essential Caputo also includes an interview with John Caputo by Clayton Crockett (Ph.D. '98).

Putt, B. Keith. The Essnetial Caputo, (IU Press, 2017), ISBN: 9780253032225.

Sara Ann Swenson Receives Fulbright-Hays

Sara Ann Swenson

Sara Ann Swenson

January 23, 2018
Sara Ann Swenson was recently awarded a 2017 Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research abroad grant. This grant will allow her to continue ethnographic research she began in September 2017, with a Buddhist Studies fellowship from the Robert HN Ho Family Foundation. Herdissertation project focuses on Buddhist volunteer organizations in Vietnam. With Vietnam's recent rapid economic development, city infrastructure is struggling to meet the needs of incoming migrants. In response, many religious charity organizations have begun to address social service needs among poor and dependent populations in Vietnam's fastest growing urban area, Ho Chi Minh City. As Buddhism is widespread in Vietnam, a majority of these emerging charities claim Buddhist motivations for mobilizing volunteers. Her work uses affect theory to explore how and why Buddhist charity groups frame their volunteer success less in terms of numbers served and more through the emotional impacts of "alleviating suffering" and "granting happiness."

New Book Review of Shiptown by Ann Gold.

Book cover for Shiptown by Ann G. Gold. The cover shows a young woman shopping for vegetables on a crowded market street.

Book cover for Shiptown by Ann G. Gold. The cover shows a young woman shopping for vegetables on a crowded market street.

January 22, 2018

Open Access Nidān International Journal for Indian Studies Vol. 2, No 2, December 2017 (pgs. 78-82) contains a generous and detailed review of Watson Professor Ann Grodzins Gold's book Shiptown. The book review is by P. Pratap Kumar, Emeritus Professor University of KwaZulu-Natal South Africa.

The book is full of ethnographic and methodological insights from an accomplished ethnographer who perfected her art in the course of a long focused career. It is a must read for those who intend doing ethnography not just in India but anywhere. It reveals the spontaneity that is needed by the ethnographer in times of uncertain and unwelcome interviews and how to make sense of the world from the unexpected data that comes your way when you are least expecting. Gold’s book reveals not only the pitfalls but many opportunities that ethnographers encounter on the field.

P. Pratap Kumar, review of Shiptown: Between Rural and Urban North India, by Ann Grodzins Gold, Publication, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press 2017, pp. 332 [ISBN: 9780812249255], Nidān Vol. 2, No 2, December 2017. https://issuu.com/coh-newsletter-2014/docs/nidan__vol._2__no._2__december_2017/10