I am pleased to announce that we have awarded four conference & research travel grants in connection with the 2015 Nibley Fellowship program. Daniel Becerra (Duke University) and Luke Drake (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) will be traveling to Oxford in August to present papers at the 17th International Conference on Patristic Studies. Daniel’s paper will explore the role of memorization and recitation of scriptural formulae in Origen’s Exhortation to Martyrdom. Luke will be reassessing ideas of orthodoxy and heresy in 2 Clement. We are pleased to be supporting the interesting and valuable work of these two graduate students.
We are also pleased to support the work of Bryan Bozung (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), who will use his Nibley Research Travel grant to return to Israel this summer to continue excavations at Huqoq, an ancient village near the northwest coast of Galilee. Bryan will be working there under the direction of UNC professor Jodi Magness and BYU professor Matthew Grey. Finally, we have awarded a Nibley Conference Grant to Bradley Kime (Utah State University/University of Virginia). Kime is a student of 19th and 20th century American religious history and will be presenting a paper at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion in November on “Mormonism, Religious Outsiders, and the Catholic Critique of Protestantism in America.”