It is our pleasure to announce that Professor Ben Ray has been elected to be a Fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society for his outstanding contributions to our knowledge of the Salem Witch Trials. This is a great honor for Professor Ray, and one that the Department of Religious Studies is proud to be a small part of. Founded in 1791, the Massachusetts Historical Society is an independent research library and an invaluable resource for American history, life, and culture. For more than 200 years, the MHS has depended on its Fellows, a core group of elected supporters made up of distinguished scholars and civic leaders who have the privilege of shaping the Society. They not only represent the legal body of the Society by voting on the admission of new Fellows, the election of Officers and Trustees, and the revision of the Society’s by-laws, but they are also our best ambassadors, dedicating their time and expertise by serving on committees and participating in scholarly programs. MHS founder Rev. Jeremy Belknap described the ideal Fellow as a “doer,” and today’s Fellows certainly embody that standard. Congratulations Ben!
The winner of the Brewer Prize is Matthew S. Hedstrom, Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia. Hedstrom’s book is entitled The Rise of Liberal Religion: Book Culture and American Spirituality in the Twentieth Century. The publisher is Oxford University Press (2012). Hedstrom will receive the prize at the Winter Meeting of the ASCH in January 2014. http://www.churchhistory.org/newsletter/
Information on the Department's appointment of Kathleen Flake.