Religion student recipients of our 2021 Department Awards

May 2021-

On May 17 at 1 p. m., the Department of Religion conducted a Commencement Reception via Zoom.  All our graduating majors and their families were cordially invited to attend this event; the graduating majors received an invitation to this event with the Zoom link.  The virtual Reception followed: a welcome and slideshow with pictures was provided by the graduates and faculty, and notes about their achievements, including an announcement of the departmental prize winners; a message from the Chair and Faculty; and messages from graduating majors in Religion and their family members.  The departmental prize winners are as follows:

Paul B. Courtright Prize for Overall Excellence among Majors in the Department

Angelica R. Abraham

John Fenton Prize in the Comparative Study of Religion, Undergraduate

Nathaniel Jonah Goldblum

John Fenton Prize in the Comparative Study of Religion, Graduate Division

 Joi R. Orr

Timothy Mark Rainey II

Eugene Bianchi Prize in Religion

Zion R. Kidd

William A. Beardslee Prize

1st Place – Gisell Anais Rondon

Paper: “Using the Erotic to Reconcile the Flesh and the Spirit.” 

Instructor:  Maria Carrión

2nd Place – Annie Fang Li

Paper: “Faith Without Works is Dead: The Motivations, Convictions, and Limitations of Black American Christian Activists in the Fight for Voting Rights.”

Instructor:  Carol Anderson

2020-2021 Honors

Nathaniel Jonah Goldblum- Highest Honors –

Thesis: “Sacred Nature: Perceptions of Nature in the Writings and Works of the Hudson River School and the North Song Dynasty Landscape Painters.”

Theta Alpha Kappa (TAK), The National Honor Society for Religious Studies and Theology

Noah Matthew Lee

2020 TAK inductee

Nathaniel Jonah Goldblum