Harold J. Recinos, Professor of Church and Society, has just published a new book, No Room (2020, Wipf and Stock), a collection of poetry that “makes a connection between the poetic imagination, social criticism, and the meaning of life together in a diverse society,” according to the book’s summary. This is Recinos’s 10th volume of poetry and 16th book published to date. (He has two more collections of poetry forthcoming: Cornered by the Dark (Paraclete Press) and Wading in the River (Wipf and Stock).) Author Junot Díaz praised his latest book as “Spare, fierce and powerful . . . No Room is a revelation. Open to any page and have your breath taken away by this extraordinary writer.”
Susanne Scholz, Professor of Old Testament, was recently named as a recipient of a research grant from the Catholic Biblical Association of America (CBA). The annually invited research grants from CBA “seek to promote biblical scholarship by providing financial assistance for specific projects advancing these goals,” according to the CBA grant guidelines. The CBA grants focus on biblical scholarship, archaeological research, or other research projects in biblical studies. Scholz’s grant will fund a research project, entitled “The Geopolitics of Archeology in the Holy Land: Four Case Studies,” investigating four archaeological sites in Israel/Palestine (Tel Shiloh, the City of David, Tel Rumeida/Hebron, Tel Balata/Shechem). Scholz plans to visit and research the sites with local guides, including a licensed Jewish Israeli tour guide and a licensed Palestinian tour guide living and working on the West Bank. On a previous research trip in 2018, she worked with both of them. Scholz will also spend time conducting research at the École Biblique, the oldest biblical and archaeological research center in the Holy Land. After the trip, Scholz plans to publish a book examining how biblical-archaeological scholarship has contributed to the politics of the region.
Four Perkins professors participated in an online panel, “Hope, Justice, and the Pandemic: A Theological Conversation” on August 19. Karen Baker-Fletcher, Tamara Lewis, Natalia Marandiuc and Alyce McKenzie offered reflections on the current pandemic informed by their academic expertise and clergy experience. Watch the video online here.