Dr. Maffly-Kipp Recognized for Work to Strengthen University-Community Relations

Dr. Laurie Maffly-Kipp, Professor of Religious Studies, was one of eight Carolina faculty members honored recently for distinguishing themselves as engaged scholars through their commitment to connecting their research and teaching to real-life issues. As part of the Faculty Engaged Scholars program, these professors further developed connections to strengthen university-community partnerships through projects like integrating refugee children into local schools and developing custom assistive technology products for people with disabilities.

“My participation in the Faculty Engaged Scholars program, and particularly conversations with other scholars interested in reaching beyond the walls of the university, not only gave me new ways to think about my research and its significance, but also inspired me to consider all of my work in terms of broader outcomes,” said Dr. Maffly-Kipp. “I was encouraged—indeed pushed—to think more creatively and imaginatively.”

The program is an initiative of the Carolina Center for Public Service and has the goal of promoting engaged scholarship at the university. The curriculum is highly interactive and experiential, involving on site-visits and discussions with other Carolina faculty members and their community partners.

Dr. Maffly-Kipp worked to educate various communities about religious diversity and to encourage and facilitate more open dialogue of religious differences. Her work as a Faculty Engaged Scholar ranged from leading seminars for high school teachers around the nation to writing articles on Mormonism for the New York Times and the Congressional Quarterly. She also leads talks for audiences seeking to better understand the nature of religious faith in American political life.

The first class of Faculty Engaged Scholars was selected in October 2007. At least eight new scholars enter the program every other year. To date, 34 Faculty Engaged Scholars representing 21 departments have participated in the program. The third class graduated from the program on Nov. 2.

Read more about the 2012 graduating class of Faculty Engaged Scholars here.

About the Carolina Center for Public Service

The Carolina Center for Public Service engages and supports the faculty, students and staff of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in meeting the needs of North Carolina and beyond. The Center strengthens the University’s public service commitment by promoting scholarship and service that are responsive to the concerns of the state and contribute to the common good. This award was established in 1995 to recognize the importance of graduate student mentorship to the health and vitality of UNC’s intellectual community. Faculty members are nominated through letters submitted by their students and are selected through an intensive review process.

UNC Religious Studies at AAR/SBL 2012

Members of the Religious Studies department are facilitating, presenting, and acting as respondents at this year’s joint national meeting of the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature.

Friday, November 16

9:30AM: Jenna Supp-Montgomerie and J. Barton Scott preside over the panel Theme: Religion and Media Workshop – Feeling Political: Religion, Media, and the Politics of Emotion

2PM: Randall Styers and Monica Miller presents a paper “Analytical Research in the Eye of a Normative Claims Storm.”

Saturday, November 17

9AM: Stephanie Gaskill is reading a paper “Resisting the “Politics of Respectability”: Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow and the Mobilization of Religious Leaders against Mass Incarceration”

9AM: Megan Goodwin is reading a paper “Common Sense is No Match for the Voice of God:” Krakauer’s Misreading of Elizabeth Smart”

9AM: Juliane Hammer is reading a paper “Protective Patriarchy, Feminist Gender Justice: Researching Muslim Efforts against Domestic Violence”

9AM: Barbara Ambros is reading a paper “Gender Bending and Gender Affirmation: A Performance of the Anan Kōshiki at a Contemporary Sōtō Zen Convent”

1PM: Yaakov Ariel is reading a paper “Conversions and De-Conversions during the Holocaust”

1PM: Randall Styers presides over the panel The Centenary of The Elementary Forms of Religious Life -The Enduring Analytical Impact of Émile Durkheim

4PM: Joseph Lam is reading a paper “Psalm 2 and the Disinheritance of Earthly Rulers”

4PM: Michael Knight is a panelist on Everyday Islam and Ethnographic Methodologies

4PM: Barbara Ambros is reading a paper “Masking Commodification and Sacralizing Consumption: Buddhist Animal Memorial Rites in Twentieth-Century Japan

4PM: Shaily Patel is reading a paper “Exorcism and Enlightenment in Antiquity and Modernity: History as a Mythological Construct”

Sunday, November 18

9AM: Jodi Magness is presenting a paper “Conspicuous Consumption: Dining on Meat in the Ancient World”

9AM: Matthew Dougherty is reading a paper “Brethren, Stretch Forth Your Hands:” The Male Body in American Masonic Ritual, 1859-1900”

9AM: Jason Staples is reading a paper “Rise, Kill, and Eat”: Animals as Nations in Apocalyptic Judaism and Acts 10.”

1PM: Randall Styers is a panelist in a cluster themed Social Theory and Religion, 2013-2015

1PM: Jodie Magness is a respondent on the panel Archaeology of Religion in the Roman World

1PM: Travis Proctor is reading a paper “A Rhetorical Absurdity and the Demonic Jesus: The Function of an Apocryphal Resurrection Appearance in Ignatius’ Letter to the Smyrnaeans”

3PM:Randall Styers is responding to the panel Religious Exchanges and Transactions in North America

3PM: Tehseen Thaver is reading a paper “Metaphor, Hermeneutics and the formations Shi‘i Identity in al-Sharif al-Radi’s (d.1015C.E.) Qur’an commentary”

4PM: Bart Ehrman will be introducing a book he co-edited, The Texts of the New Testament in Contemporary Research.

4PM: Joseph Lam is reading a paper “The Place of Metaphor in the Baal, Aqhat, and Kirta Texts”

4PM: Jason Combs is reading a paper “Dreams(’) Matter: Idol-Demons and Early Christian Oneiric Techniques”

5PM: Jenna Supp-Montgomerie is reading a paper “Quilting Points: How Religion Makes Meaning in American Globalization”

5PM: Andrew Aghapour is presiding over the panel Critical Approaches to the Use of Media for Religious Purposes

**7PM: UNC Reception**

Monday, November 19

9AM: Yaakov Ariel is reading a paper “From the Institutum Judaicum to the International Christian Embassy: Christian Zionism with a Different Accent”

1PM: Randall Styers is presiding over the panel Time, Space, and Difference on which Jenna Supp-Montgomerie is reading a paper “The “Greatest of All Schemes”: American Missionary Discourse and Nineteenth-Century Globalization”

1PM: David Lambert is reading a paper “Objectifications of Personhood in Ancient Israel: The Case of ‘lev’”

4PM: Juliane Hammer is reading a paper “Religion vs. Culture: Islamic Marriage, Healthy Families, and Domestic Violence”

4PM: Joseph Lam is presiding over the panel “Texts and Interpretations”

Tuesday, November 20

9AM: David Lambert is reading a paper “The Genealogy of Repentance”