Faculty Achievements

New Book Published in Honor of Prof. Zuckerman’s Groundbreaking Research:

Puzzling Out the Past: Studies in Northwest Semitic Languages and Literatures in Honor of Bruce Zuckerman

Edited by Marilyn J. Lundberg, Steven Fine, and Wayne T. Pitard

Bruce Zuckerman has transformed the way we look at ancient Semitic inscriptions. Through his efforts, the most important inscriptions of biblical times have been reread and the history of the biblical and Second Temple periods reimagined. He has made contributions to the fields of biblical studies and modern Judaism, and, in founding Maarav: A Journal for the Study of the Northwest Semitic Languages and Literatures, has made the research of many scholars available to the scholarly community. The series of articles included here honor his many contributions through discussions of a wide variety of inscriptional materials, Biblical texts, archaeology, lexicography and teaching methodology. Included in the volume is a republication of his path breaking exhibition catalogue, Puzzling Out the Past.

REL Professor Sherman Jackson Named among the World’s 500 Most Influential Muslims

The King Faisal Chair in Islamic Thought and Culture in USC Dornsife has been recognized for his work bridging the gap of understanding between Muslims and non-Muslims.

Prof. Meeks Wins Book Prize


Hokkeji and the Reemergence of Female Monastic Orders in Premodern Japan, by Lori Meeks, has been awarded the Association for Asian Studies’ (AAS) 2012 John Whitney Hall Prize. The award was announced at this month’s AAS annual meeting in Toronto. Hokkeji and the Reemergence of Female Monastic Orders in Premodern Japan is a volume in the Kuroda Institute’s Studies in East Asian Buddhism series.

Prof. Albertson Wins Dibner Fellowship

David Albertson has been awarded a Dibner Fellowship in the History of Science at the Huntington Library for 2012-2013. He will research the religious use of geometrical diagrams in the Renaissance. 

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