The Center for the Study of World Religions (CSWR) at the Divinity School has announced the recipients of its 2002 Summer Research Grant Awards in the field of religion, health, and healing. The funded research promises to contribute significantly to the community of scholarship on the intersection of religion and healing. Students will present their research at a CSWR discussion series during the 2002-03 academic year. Visit the Religion, Health, and Healing Initiative Web site at http://www.hds.harvard.edu/cswr/health/health.htm for regularly updated information about the research projects and the discussion series.
The following students have been awarded grants:
Mei Cha, “Healing Activities of Taoist Nuns in China,” field research in China; Heather D. Curtis, “Women as Healers Within the Evangelical Movement of the 19th Century,” research at the Flower Pentecostal Heritage Center in Springfield, Mo.; Cornelia Cannon Holden, “Circular Pilgrimage as a Vehicle for Spiritual, Emotional, and Physical Transformation,” research on the pilgrimage to Mount Kailash, Lake Mansarovar, Tibet; Michelle Goldhaber, “Healing in the Ukraine,” fieldwork and visit to pilgrimage sites in the Ukraine; Milia Islam, “The Integration of Traditional Islamic Medical Practices with Allopathic Medicine,” field research in Islamic communities in St. Louis and Kansas City, Mo.; Kevin O’Neill, “The Performance of Religious Healing in Undocumented Latino Immigrant Communities,” research at a Mexican church in Dorchester and a Roman Catholic nonprofit in the South Bronx; Ivette Vargas, “Tibetan Medicine: The Interface of Religion, Medicine, and the West,” research at clinics in Massachusetts.