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Program Description: The Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict seeks graduate students to serve as graduate fellows as part of a collaborative research project, funded by the Henry Luce Foundation, on the pursuit, meaning, discovery, and recovery of truth. The project is directed by Professors John Carlson and Tracy Fessenden, and gathers faculty fellows and team members from across the university and beyond. Society grapples today with a striking indifference to truth. This is so in parts of our government, in some of our classrooms, in swaths of media, and among the general public. Authoritarian, anti-democratic, and anti-expertise movements are surging in the United States and around the world. Credibility falters when trust in our institutions falls away. In response to these civic challenges, the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict at Arizona State University is undertaking the project: Recovering Truth: Religion, Journalism, and Democracy in a Post-Truth Era. The project brings together scholars and journalists to collaborate as truth-seekers and truthtellers in order to safeguard public trust, enrich each other’s work, invigorate public discussion of the importance of truth, and help repair the fabric of democratic life. We are especially interested in exploring the role that different beliefs about reality, transcendence, theology, moral principles, and other truth claims have played in animating democratic life.
Graduate Fellows: Graduate students accepted into the project as Recovering Truth graduate fellows can earn a scholarship of $1,000, and will be engaged in various project activities, including working directly with project team members to explore the project’s themes, attending training workshops on how to write and pitch public scholarship for publication, and attending project events and meeting with visiting speakers.