Dr. Michelene Pesantubbee Religion and Social Justice Award

The Dr. Michelene Pesantubbee Religion and Social Justice award is an annual award to honor the memory of Dr. Pesantubbee (1954-2021), who was for many years a professor of Native American Religious Traditions in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Iowa. Dr. Pesantubbee was passionate about the study of religion. Her research and teaching addressed religions’ power to promote greater social justice or, instead, to legitimize injustice and oppression. This award is for an undergraduate paper or a community project that illuminates some aspect of the relationship between religion and social justice/injustice. Special attention will be given to papers or projects that focus on Native American rights and concerns, but all applications are welcome.

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  • a 1-2 page cover letter indicating how your paper or project furthers human understanding of the relationship between religion and social justice/injustice;
  • a copy of the paper or a description of the project;
  • and a letter of reference from a faculty member who can speak to your engagement with matters of social justice.

Questions about the application can be submitted to Maureen Walterhouse at maureen-walterhouse@uiowa.edu

Award
$1,500.00
Scopes
Department of Religious Studies
Deadline
10/31/2022
Supplemental Questions
  1. Cover Letter

    Upload a 1-2 page cover letter indicating how the paper or community project furthers human understanding of the relationship between religion and social justice/injustice.
  2. File Upload

    Upload a copy of your undergraduate paper. If your application is based on a community project, upload a description of the project.
  3. Letter of Recommendation:
    Please provide the name and email address of a faculty member who can speak to your engagement with matters of social justice.

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