English Professor Wins A.R. Pete Diamond Award for Integrative Scholarship
Lora Walsh, assistant professor of English at the University of Arkansas, has won the 2019 A.R. Pete Diamond Award from the Society of Biblical Literature for her paper "Lost in Revision: Gender Symbolism in Vision 3 and Similitude 9 ofThe Shepherd of Hermas."
With over 8,000 members, the Society of Biblical Literature is the premier scholarly organization committed to the academic study of the Bible. The A.R. Pete Diamond Award for Integrative Scholarship "supports junior scholars demonstrating innovative approaches in biblical studies that advance methodological work at the intersection of historical criticism, critical theory, and cultural studies."
Walsh will present her paper at the society's annual meeting in San Diego this November, with a panel of respondents who are leading experts in early Christian studies. The honor also includes a $1,000 award.
Walsh's current research examines the resurgence of Lady Church as a prominent feminine divine figure in late medieval and early modern Christian writing. She is also preparing a project on a Middle English translation of Matthew's Gospel.
Walsh's most popular courses at the University of Arkansas have included the Bible as Literature and Women and Christianity.
Leigh Sparks, assistant director of the English M.A. and Ph.D. programs
Department of English
Jessica Mathis, a graduate student in biological anthropology, will lecture on bioarcheological applications in cultural resource management at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Discovery Hall 505.
Tomika Ferguson of Virginia Commonwealth University will present two lectures on Oct. 1, one on black women student-athletes and a second on safe spaces and visibility in the classroom.
Nearly 50 students — licensed practical nurses — from across Arkansas and beyond enrolled in the inaugural class to pursue a bachelor's degree in nursing through online instruction.
Lori Birrell has been appointed associate dean for Special Collections, and Joel Thornton has been appointed interim associate dean for Research and Learning.
Evan Michelson, program director at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, will discuss philanthropic support for research from 1:30-3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, in room 504 of the Arkansas Union.