Passing of Emeritus Professor and Former Chair James Kirk
RLGS notes with sorrow the passing of Professor Emeritus James Kirk, a founding member and former chair of this department, on November 23, 2013.
As we note in our Kirk Lectureship description,
"James A. Kirk began as a part-time faculty member in the Department in 1956 while he was pursuing a Th.D. at the Iliff School of Theology, and was hired as a full-time faculty member in 1959. In the early years of his teaching, his focus was philosophy of religion, which had been his doctoral concentration.
"In the course of time, his interest migrated to Asian religions, and that interest was nourished by a year spent in India and Japan (1967-68). In 1972 he published Stories of the Hindus (MacMillan), a textbook that was well-received and widely-adopted in colleges and universities around the country. After that time, he became a regular faculty member for the Semester at Sea Program, and was an invited observer at the centenary meeting of the Parliament of the World's Religions in Chicago in 1993."
His loss is a loss to the Department and the entire University community.
Save the Date: AHSS Admitted Grad Student Info Day, April 4
MA Applicants and Faculty: Please save the date for our divisional Admitted Graduate Students' Information Day, scheduled for Friday, April 4, 2014. More information to come!