Student & Faculty News

Faculty News | JoAnna Poblete receives this year’s Annual Diversity Award

Congratulations to JoAnna Poblete who received the this year’s Annual Diversity Award sponsored by the 7C Diversity Working Group.

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Student News | Rebecca Rich receives The President's Award

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  • On Wednesday, may 22, 2019

Congratulations to Rebecca Rich who received The President’s Award from CGU President Len Jessup.

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Very pleased to announce that Rebecca Rich (MFA, '19) won the 2019 President’s Award. Rebecca's painting was selected by President Len Jessup to be a part of the permanent collection at CGU. 

Congratulations Rebecca!

Student News | Cassady O’Reilly-Hahn hired as the new Summer 2019 Blogger-in-Residence

​​Congratulations to Cassady O'Reilly-Hahn who was recently hired as the new Kinglsey & Kate Tufts, Summer 2019 Blogger-in-Residence.

Cassady headshot crop 221x300Cassady O’Reilly-Hahn (Summer 2019) is an MA student in English with a concentration in Media Studies. The self-identified Dantisti graduated Cum Laude from Cal Poly Pomona in 2017 with a BA in English. Cassady joined Foothill Poetry Journal as an Assistant Editor in 2018. His primary research interests are the Divine Comedy, Fantasy literature, and poetry, especially as they pertain to the everyday life. When he is not sailing the tides of literature, Cassady spends his time working on his own creative writing. He also moonlights as a professional napper, when time permits (and it often does).

Student News | Madison Clark accepted into doctoral program at Indiana University

  • By cgusah
  • On Tuesday, april 30, 2019

​​Congratulations to Madison Clark who was recently accepted into the doctoral program at Indiana University.

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We are pleased to announce that Madison Clark has been accepted to the doctoral program in African American and African Diaspora Studies at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana with a full fellowship and stipend. 

Madison is currently a dual Master's degree student in Applied Women's Studies and History '19. 

Congratulations Madison! 



Student News | EunJoo Beatrix Lee performance in Korea

  • By cgusah
  • On Tuesday, april 30, 2019

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 - A graduate of An-yang Arts High School with an honor of top place 

 - A graduate of Seoul National University (BA), Music Department

  - A graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee (MM) , with full scholarship

  - Previously worked as a project assistant, and a teaching assistant at the UWM

  - Previously giving several chamber concerts around London, in the UK

  - Previously worked as a performer at nationwide broadcasts (SBS,, and a concertmaster of Nan-pa Youth Orchestra, in Korea 

   - Performed with Su-won City Orchestra, Seoul Orchestra, Solideo Philharmonic orchestra,  Kwa-cheon Philharmonic Orchestra, Karos Percussionists Ensemble, as a soloist

   - The prize winner of the Kook-min Newspaper Music Competition, Korean Music Competition sponsored by Loyola University, Won-kwang University Competition

   - The second prize of Korean performing arts Competition, the third prize of Music Journal Competition 

   - Currently studying at Claremont Graduate University, first year DMA course as a student of Professor Jenny Soonjin Kim

Student News | Abigail Beck received a 9/11 Museum internship

  • By cgusah
  • On Wednesday, april 10, 2019

​​Congratulations to Abigail Beck who received a prestigious 9/11 Museum internship in New York.



This summer Abigail will work in various exhibitions where she will support research and content development for exhibition displays in the museum galleries, on digital platforms, and other exhibition projects that chronicle the 9/11 attacks, the events that preceded them, and their aftermath. Abigail was inspired to apply for the internship because of Professor Goode's course: Remembering Trauma: Museums, Memorials and Commemoration. Abigail is currently a master's student in history and museum studies.

Abigail is excited to represent CGU this summer in New York!




Student News | Linda Claros awarded a 2019 FTE Fellowship

  • By cgusah
  • On Tuesday, march 26, 2019


CongratulatioLinda clarosns to Linda Claros who was recently awarded the 2019 FTE (The Forum for Theological Exploration) Fellowship for Latino/a, Asian, and First Nations Doctoral Students.

The FTE fellowship will provide Linda with financial support to complete her studies, and opportunities t​​​​o develop leadership in theological education and the church. 

Linda is currently a doctoral student in the Women’s Studies in Religion program.

Student News | Sara Flores accepted in PhD program at Washington University

  • By cgusah
  • On Tuesday, march 12, 2019

Congratulations to Sara Flores who was recently accepted into the PhD program at Washington University in St Louis with full funding and a stipend. Sara is currently working on her MA in English. 

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"I chose CGU because of SAH's commitment to transdisciplinary scholarship, which was great considering that I entered the English program very unsure about the type of literary work I wanted to do. Now my research interests include pretty much everything involved with family dynamics and identity formation in 20th- and 21st-century multi-ethnic American literature, and I have the English faculty to thank for that. All of my English professors inspired and challenged me to expand my understanding of literature's relationship to the world and grow as a scholar. Once I expressed my interest in applying to PhD programs, my professors were tremendously supportive. Dr. David Luis-Brown and Dr. Eric Bulson, in particular, invested so much time in giving me feedback on my application materials, writing letters of recommendation, and answering any and every question I had. Throughout my time in the English program, I have also received constant encouragement from my friends at Foothill, CGU's poetry journal, where I currently serve as a managing editor."

- Sara Flores











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Faculty News | Nicola Denzey Lewis on-screen contributor for the History channel’s Jesus His Life series

  • By cgusah
  • On Tuesday, march 12, 2019



Mark your calendars for March 25 at 8:00p.m. ET/PT as Professor, and Margo L. Goldsmith Chair in Religion Nicola Denzey Lewis will be featured in the new 8-part mini-series "Jesus His Life," on the History channel. Professor Denzey Lewis will be featured in the series interviews along with other scholars, theologians, and faith leaders including Executive Producer, Joel Osteen. The mini-series will retell the epic and emotional story about the life of Jesus.

The series kicks off on March 25, so warm up your DVR!

Click here to read more.


Faculty News | Peter Boyer to receive the Ellis Island Medal of Honor

  • By cgusah
  • On Tuesday, march 05, 2019

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Congratulations to Professor, and Helen M. Smith Chair of Music, Peter Boyer on becoming a 2019 Ellis Island Medal of Honor recipient! Peter is being honored for his amazing work on "Ellis Island: The Dream of America," and his PBS "Great Performances" production with the Pacific Symphony. The Ellis Island Medal of Honor recognizes the contributions that Americans of all backgrounds make to strengthen the country and represent the diversity found in the immigrant experience of Ellis Island. 

“I am truly overwhelmed to learn that I will be receiving the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. I’ve long been aware of the many distinguished Americans who have received this special recognition, and it’s touching to learn that I will join this group. I’m most grateful to Chairman Nasser Kazeminy and all the members of the Board of the Ellis Island Honors Society for their support of my work, which is deeply meaningful to me.”

— Peter Boyer

Click here to read more.

Wendy Martin publishes new book

Congratulations to Professor Wendy Martin and Cecelia Tichi (Vandebilt University) on the publication of thier new book, The Gilded Age and Progressive Era  in the Historical Explorations of Literature Series, ABC-CLIO, 2016.



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New LinkedIn Group for SAH Students and Alumni

The School of Arts & Humanities now has a LinkedIn group, which students and alumni are invited to join.  In this group, you will be able to:

•         CONNECT with fellow students and alumni
•         LEARN about job announcements and CGU events and news
•         SHARE news, insights, and questions

To join the group, please visit:

Arts & Humanities Students Receive Dissertation Awards

Congratulations to the following Arts & Humanities students who have won Transdisciplinary or CGU Dissertation Awards this year!

CGU Dissertation Awards:

Melisa Ortiz Berry, Department of Religion
Evangelical Orthodoxy:  Henrietta Mears and the Border Lines of Evangelicalism
That women in patriarchal religious systems typically occupy locations of power not privileged in traditional historical narratives perpetuates the myth of female disempowerment. To recover the influence of evangelical women, this study analyzes twentieth-century evangelical leader Henrietta Mears and her co-workers using archival material and oral histories. Repurposing the early church dialectic of orthodoxy and heresy allows us to reframe the movement as “evangelical” orthodoxy, revealing how both sexes act as gatekeepers who reify and redefine orthodox borders. Mears’ narrative helps shatter the trope of the ineffectual submissive woman by shifting our gaze from the pulpit to publishing and education.


Transdisciplinary Awards:

Ali Memarian, “Music In Industry: The Wind Band Music of Alberico De Caprio.” Music

Marcella Stockstill, “Pyrotechnia: Enflaming the Religious Debate in Early Modern England.” History (Transdiciplinary Award)

Chase Way, “Speak of the Devil: Yankee Religion and US Foreign Policy towards Iran, 1953-1980.” Religion


Introducing H-Haiti

Julia Gaffield (Georgia State) and I are pleased to announce that we have created a new H-Net commons network entitled, H-Haiti. This network is designed to promote a community of scholars, artists, and activists dedicated to constructive discussions of Haitian history, religion, politics, art, and culture. Subscribe today at: And follow us on twitter: @hnetHaiti   
Thank you!



Wendy Martin and Sharone Williams Publish New Book

Congratulations to Professor Wendy Martin and English PhD alumna, Sharone Williams, on the publication of their new book, The Routledge Introduction to American Women Writers!

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Three CGU English students to speak at Anniversary Joyce Symposium in London

Three CGU students, Bridget O'Reilly, Xue (Claire) Li, and Alyssa Krueger, will be speaking at the upcoming Anniversary Joyce: XXV International James Joyce Symposium in London in June.

The conference is a large international gathering of many illustrious scholars

Congratulations to these students!



English and Cultural Studies Professor, Marlene Daut, receives National Humanities Center fellowship

Marlene Daut, associate professor of English and cultural studies in Claremont Graduate University’s School of Arts and Humanities, has received a fellowship from the National Humanities Center that will support her research into Haitian literature and culture.


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Daut is one of 37 scholars selected for the prestigious fellowship for the 2016-17 academic year. She and the other fellows will gather at the National Humanities Center in North Carolina to pursue individual research projects and to share ideas in seminars, lectures, and conferences. This year's fellows come from 17 of the United States as well as Argentina, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.

Daut will use the opportunity to work on her anthology of Haitian revolutionary fictions.

Daut specializes in early and nineteenth-century American and Caribbean literary and cultural studies. She’s currently working on a new book exploring Haitian author and politician Baron de Vastey; an anthology of Haitian prose, poetry, and plays; and a monograph, which seeks to resituate writing about Haiti in the nineteenth century. She serves as the director of the Africana Studies Certificate Program, and is an affiliate for the Claremont Colleges’ Intercollegiate Department of Africana Studies Program.

The National Humanities Center is a privately incorporated institute for advanced study in the humanities. Since 1978 the Center has awarded fellowships to more than 1,300 scholars whose work has resulted in the publication of more than 1,500 books in all fields of humanistic study.

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2016 Philosophy of Religion Pre-Conference Seminar Participants

CGU Religion students, Trevor Kimball and Austin Buscher on in the second row on the right.

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Welcome New Arts & Humanities Students!

Here are some pictures from our New Student Orientation for students who started at CGU this spring semester! 

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2 SAH Students Awarded Forum Humanum Grants

Congratulations to the winners of this year's Forum Humanum grants ($2,200). These grants will enable doctoral students to present papers at the 37th Annual Philosophy of Religion conference (February 18-20, 2016) on the theme "Love and Justice." Among this year's winners are two Claremont religion students, Austin J. Buscher and Trevor Kimball:

   Edward A. Arnold (Columbia), "Love, Compassion and Justice: A Perspective from the Indian Buddhist Philosophers Chandrakirti and Shantideva”

   David Bruner (Princeton), "Eberhard Jüngel, Robert Merrihew Adams, and the Reasons of Love."

  Austin J. Buscher (Claremont), "Taking Care: A personal application of Love and Justice”

  Rachel Fedock (Arizona State), “The Love and Justice Dichotomy: an Illusion”

  Everett C. Fulmer (Saint Louis), “Love, Justice and Divine Simplicity: Resolving a Paradox”

  Trevor Kimball (Claremont), “Love and Justice as Promise in Ricoeur”

  Laura Martin (Columbia), “Love and Justice in Hegel's Early Theological Writings”

  Panu-Matti Pöykkö (Helsinki), “Love and Justice in Emmanuel Levinas' Thought”

 Tom Raja Rosenhagen (Pittsburgh), “Toward Virtue: Love, Just Attention, and Moral Progress through Philia”

 Justina Torrance (Harvard), “The Wisest Love or the Most Harmful Harm? Leibniz, Shklar, and Weil on Justice as Universal Benevolentia