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Congratulations to Emily Branton, graduate student in the Department of Religious Studies, who was awarded the Center’s Dissertation Completion Fellowship for next academic year. Emily’s dissertation is titled: “Words that Stand: Efficacious Speech in Ancient Israel” and her advisor is David Lambert, associate professor, Department of Religious Studies. Emily earned her B.A. in Religious Studies at Smith College and a M.A. in Religious Studies from the Divinity School at the University of Chicago.

You can meet Emily next year when she will give an Emerging Scholars talk on Zoom, details TBA. Meanwhile, you can learn more about Emily’s teaching in the Spotlight feature we ran last year.

Since 2012-2013, the Center has offered one Carolina graduate student a yearlong fellowship to support their dissertation research and writing. The fellowship allows the students to focus entirely on their dissertation, which improves the quality of the work and also helps ensure a timely progression to completion. This fellowship has been made possible by generous donations to the Center—including multiple, short-term expendable gifts and limited unrestricted funds—and is a unique opportunity for students to receive a full year of support during their later years at Carolina. Learn more about the fellowship.

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