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