2021-22 Recovering Truth Graduate Fellows Training Program

Program Description: The Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict invites graduate students to apply for a limited number of positions in the Recovering Truth graduate fellows training program. This program is part of the Recovering Truth project, a collaborative research initiative funded by the Henry Luce Foundation. The project is directed by Professors John Carlson and Tracy Fessenden and gathers team members from across the university and beyond to focus on the pursuit, meaning, discovery, and recovery of truth. 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 has undertaken 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 truth tellers 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 Recovering Truth graduate fellows training program will be engaged in various project activities. Components of the training program include: 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 (in-person and/or virtual). Students who successfully complete the training program will receive a participant stipend of $1,000. The core components of the program will be remote/online.