Virginia Seminar member Susan R. Holman publishes Beholden: Religion, Global Health, and Human Rights

Susan R. HolmanSusan R. Holman has published a new book entitled, Beholden: Religion, Global Health, and Human Rights.

From the publisher: Beholden “offers a new and original lens for the role of religion in global health, complements global health education efforts and touches on relevant cross-disciplinary issues that are missing in most teaching materials for introductory courses on global health, [and] discusses the anthropology of gift exchange in the context of religious aid and social welfare.”

With a new perspective that integrates religion and culture with human rights and social justice, Holman shows interested practitioners and students how to improve and magnify the impact of global health initiatives.

Susan R. Holman is Senior Writer at the Global Health Education and Learning Incubator at Harvard University and a past participant in the Project’s Virginia Seminar. She has worked as a research writer at Harvard University’s François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard School of Public Health, as managing editor for Health and Human Rights: An International Journal (for which Dr. Paul Farmer is Editor-in-Chief), and as an independent scholar and consultant in poverty studies in religious history as well as in health and human rights as it relates to international poverty, religion and nutrition.

In her photo essay on the Oxford University Press blog, Susan reflects, “Sometimes the most enduring image of how religion affects health is not what you see, but what you don’t.”

To read more of her blog post and see the photos, click here. To visit her PLT author page, click here. To learn more about Beholden, including how to purchase it at a discount, view the book’s flyer from OUP here.

U.Va. undergrad receives Harrison Award to work with PLT archive

king-on-bus webreadyJohn Connolly, a second-year undergraduate student at the University of Virginia, has been named a recipient for the 2015-16 Harrison Undergraduate Research Award.

The University of Virginia’s Harrison Undergraduate Research Awards program funds outstanding undergraduate research projects to be carried out in the summer following application for the award and the subsequent academic year.

Connolly plans to research Montgomery’s Dexter Avenue Baptist Church and its pastor, Martin Luther King, Jr. in the years preceding and during the Montgomery bus boycott in order to understand the conditions required for the success of the Civil Rights Movement. Connolly will analyze how King’s conservative roots were critical assets to the success of the Civil Rights Movement. Connolly plans to utilize the Project on Lived Theology’s Civil Rights Archive for his research.

For more information on the Harrison Undergraduate Research Award, click here. To explore the Civil Rights Archive, click here.

Charles Marsh speaks on Bonhoeffer at Berry College

20150201 CM at Berry College4 webreadyOn January 26, 2015, Charles Marsh delivered his lecture, “A Christian for Our Time: Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Courageous Protest Against the Nazis,” at Berry College in Mount Berry, Georgia. Marsh was one of four speakers selected to form the 2014-2015 Lumen Lecture Series. The goal of these lectures is to address various topics related to faith and life relevant to college students.

“In a time of deception, propaganda, and mass violence, Bonhoeffer… pondered whether there would arise, in response to the challenges of our time, responsible men and women, disciples of Christ, people of all religious traditions, who would have the strength to stand fast, to remain honest, and to live with civil courage in the face of deception and lies.”

To listen to the recording of the lecture, click here. To find the dates and details of future book events with Charles Marsh, click here.