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“2018 Albert J. Raboteau Book Prize for Professor Pablo F. Gómez”
August 2018

Associate Professor Pablo F. Gómez's book, The Experiential Caribbean (UNC Press, 2017), won the 2018 Albert J. Raboteau Prize for the Best Book in Africana Religions. According to the 2018 prize committee, Pablo's book “makes creative and generative contributions to our understandings of Africana religions. The study offers new approaches to questions about the nature of African diaspora religions that have long been formulated through frames of cultural retention or exchange. In this analytically transformative work, Gómez moves away from the classificatory schema of religion and western science to show how African diaspora inspirations (in all their multitudes and messy complicated formations) were crucial to the early modern period of history.” An award well earned, congratulations Pablo!

The Albert J. Raboteau Prize, which includes a $500 award, is awarded each year to an academic book that exemplifies the ethos and mission of the Journal of Africana Religions, an interdisciplinary journal that publishes scholarship on African and African diasporic religious traditions.

“Professor Nelson awarded a prestigious Radcliffe Fellowship”
May 2018

Nicole C. Nelson, Ph.D., who will join the Department of Medical History and Bioethics as an Assistant Professor on 21 May 2018, was awarded a prestigious Radcliffe Fellowship for the coming academic year. During her time at Harvard University she will explore the question The Truth Wears Off? The Reproducibility Crisis in Historical Perspective. Congrats Nicole! (For more information, please see the press release announcing the 2018–2019 Radcliffe Institute Fellows.)

“Professor Lederer elected AAHM President”
May 2018

Susan E. Lederer, Ph.D., Robert Turell Professor of History of Medicine and Bioethics and Chair of the Department of Medical History and Bioethics, was elected President of the American Association for the History of Medicine (AAHM) at their recent annual conference.

Founded in 1925, the AAHM is the leading American professional association of historians, physicians, nurses, archivists, curators, and librarians, who pursue the scholarly history of medicine including the history of public health, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing and allied arts, sciences, and professions. In 2016 Lederer was honored as the AAHM's Fielding H. Garrison Lecturer, given to a scholar distinguished for contributions to medical history or other fields of science and learning.

“Lederer named William Evans Visiting Fellow at University of Otago”
May 2018

Professor Lederer has been named as a William Evans Visiting Fellow at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. The William Evans fellowship was established in 1946 to finance a Visiting Professorship for a scholar of “academic distinction.” In September-October 2018 Professor Lederer will give a series of seminars, lectures, and public lectures at the University of Otago, the University of Auckland, and other colleges.

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