June 02, 2010

ALLIANCE, Ohio - Dr. Brenda Brasher, assistant professor of religion and philosophy at Mount Union College, was awarded a Teaching Fulbright Scholarship for the 2001-02 academic year.

Brasher will travel to Ukraine to teach at three universities: Solomon University in Kiev and L'viv Theological Academy and L'viv State University in L'viv. She will offer model courses at the institutions that address the topic "The Contributions of Religion to the Development of Western Civilization," and that demonstrate the importance of knowing the history of religious ideas and traditions in order to develop a viable understanding of Western development.

In addition to having the Ukrainian students in class, Brasher said she hopes to get to know many of them outside of the classroom, as well. In fact, she has already volunteered to work with one local student group in L'viv.

"One of my goals for the upcoming year is to encourage some of the Ukrainian students I meet to do a year of study at Mount Union," Brasher said. "I also hope to set up channels between the institutions I visit and Mount Union so that additional faculty exchanges might be possible."

A member of the faculty at Mount Union since 1996, Brasher earned her bachelor of arts degree from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) in 1986. She attended the United Theological College in Bangalore, India in 1989 and earned her master of divinity degree from the Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis in 1990. Brasher went on to earn her doctorate degree from the University of Southern California in 1995.

Brasher is a member of the New Technologies Task Force and the steering committees for the New Religious Movement Group and the Religion and Popular Culture Group of the American Academy of Religion. She is also co-editor of H-AmRel, a moderated, professional H-Net discussion list dedicated to an ongoing discussion of the history of American religions and she serves on the Advisory Board of the Center for Millennial Studies at Boston University.

With research interests in the areas of Christian and Jewish traditions, religion in cyberspace, millennialism, and religion and popular culture, Brasher is the recent author of the book Give Me That Online Religion. She is also currently editing The Encyclopedia of Fundamentalism, the third volume of the Berkshire/Routledge Religion & Society series.

The Fulbright Program, recognized as the U.S. government's flagship program in international educational exchange, was proposed to the U.S. Congress in 1945 by then freshman Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. Since the program's inception, more than 85,000 U.S. Fulbrighters, from a variety of academic and professional fields, have traveled abroad for educational activities, primarily university lecturing, advanced research, graduate study and teaching in elementary and secondary schools.

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