Duke Chapel names first C. Eric Lincoln Minister
DURHAM -- Joshua Lazard has been named the first C. Eric Lincoln Minister at the Duke University Chapel, Duke Office of News & Communications announced.
The new position honors the life and legacy of the late C. Eric Lincoln, a scholar, social activist, novelist, hymn-writer and pastor who taught religion and culture at Duke from 1976 to 1993. Lincoln was a Methodist minister and noted scholar of the sociology of religion and race in the United States.
As the Lincoln minister, Lazard will contribute to the Duke Chapel PathWays student ministry, with an emphasis on racial reconciliation, artistic expression and outreach to students who have been historically underrepresented in the chapel’s ministries.
Lazard comes to Duke from Dillard University, a historically black university in New Orleans, where he directed student ministry programs in the Office of the University Chaplain.
Lazard attended Johnson C. Smith Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta and earned a master of divinity degree and a master of arts in church music. He is currently seeking ordination in the United Church of Christ.
$3M to fund directorship at Duke for Islamic studies
DURHAM -- Duke University has received a $3 million gift from alumna Bettye Martin Musham to establish a directorship for Islamic studies, President Richard H. Brodhead announced.
The gift will fund the William and Bettye Martin Musham Director for Islamic Studies, according to a news release.
The director will oversee the Duke Islamic Studies Center.
The first appointment to the position is Omid Safi, a Duke alumnus who also has an appointment in the Department of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies.
Safi specializes in classical Islam and contemporary Islamic thought. Before coming to Duke, he was a professor of Islamic studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
UNC-CH sees 2nd-best gift year in FY ’14
CHAPEL HILL – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill attracted $297.5 million in private gifts and grants in fiscal 2014, UNC News Services announced.
The total marked the second-best year in university history and was 9 percent higher than the $272.8 million raised in 2013.
Commitments, which include pledges as well as gifts, also rose by 9 percent, from $284.3 million to $310 million. They helped create five endowed professorships, plus 58 undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships.
“We are grateful to our donors for such a high level of support,” Chancellor Carol L. Folt said in a statement in the news release.
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