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June 16, 2000
Princeton University Wins Grant to Study Religion, Race and Gender
Princeton, N.J. -- The Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University has received a $120,000 grant from the Ford Foundation to explore the vital connections between religion, race and gender.
The grant will be used to host meetings on the topic, bring guest lecturers to campus and support a postdoctoral fellow, Marla Frederick from Duke University, who will spend her year at Princeton writing a book about contemporary African-American spirituality and social activism in the South.
"We know that race and gender have been important considerations in all religious traditions. Certainly this has been true in our own nations history," said Professor Robert Wuthnow, the centers director. "The same is true whether one is studying early Christianity, medieval Buddhism, or contemporary Islam."
The centers associate director, Marie Griffith, a historian of American religion, expects participants will examine the ways in which African-American religion was a force for progressive social change during the twentieth century.
The grant is part of a larger Ford Foundation initiative to support research and action-oriented projects that show how religion is changing in response to Americas increasing cultural pluralism.
Princetons Center for the Study of Religion was founded in 1999 to assist the more than 50 faculty members in the humanities and social sciences who teach and write about religion. It sponsors annual thematic projects, freshman seminars, public lectures, and an interdisciplinary seminar.