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Rosalind Hackett and Tricia Hepner

September 16, 2011
Rosalind Hackett and Tricia Hepner

Rosalind Hackett and Tricia Hepner

Rosalind Hackett and Tricia Hepner are recognized as scholars of the week for their ground-breaking work in bringing international service-learning to UTK for the first time.

The University of Tennessee Gulu Study and Service Abroad Program (GSSAP) officially launched in the summer of 2011. This program – located in Northern Uganda – offers students the opportunity to engage in international service learning.  Co-taught by Rosalind Hackett and Tricia Redeker Hepner, GSSAP combines academics with internships in order to facilitate learning while allowing students to work with individuals and groups who are promoting peace and development in this war-affected region. The program consists of two, interconnecting upper-level academic courses in Anthropology and Religious Studies. For a record of the 2011 program, with essays, photos, and videos produced by the students, visit  http://gssap.blogspot.com/

Rosalind I.J. Hackett is Professor and Head, Department of Religious Studies. She is also adjunct in Anthropology, and faculty associate at the Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy. She was a Rockefeller Research Fellow at the Kroc Institute of International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame from 2003 to 2004. She has published widely on religion in Africa, notably on new religious movements, as well as on art, media, gender, conflict, and religious freedom in the African context. She taught and conducted research for eight years in Nigeria. Her latest book is Proselytization Revisited: Right Talk, Free Markets, and Culture Wars (ed.) (Equinox, 2008). Forthcoming publications include Displacing the State: Religion and Conflict in Neoliberal Africa (Univ. of Notre Dame, 2011). In 2010, she was re-elected president of the International Association for the History of Religions (until 2015). She is also the founder and coordinator of the Jazz for Justice Project.

Tricia Redeker Hepner is Associate Professor of Anthropology, chair of the Migration and Refugee Studies division of the Center for the Study of Social Justice, and the co-founder of the program on Disasters, Displacement, and Human Rights. Her research and teaching interests include conflict and peacebuilding, forced migration, human rights, and transnational political and cultural movements. Her primary region of focus is the Horn of Africa and especially Eritrea, though her interests extend to the Great Lakes Region and northern Uganda especially. She is co-editor with Kenneth Omeje of USIU-Nairobi of Conflict, Intervention, and Peacebuilding in the African Great Lakes Region, an edited book that features chapters by several colleagues at Gulu University. She is the author of Soldiers, Martyrs, Traitors and Exiles: Political Conflict in Eritrea and the Diaspora (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009) and the recipient of grants and fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council.

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