HIETT PRIZE – JUDGES

2020 HIETT PRIZE IN THE HUMANITIES JUDGES

DR. SUDESHNA BAKSI-LAHIRI

Dr. Sudeshna Baksi-Lahiri received her BSc in Anthropology and her MA in Sociology from the University of Delhi, India. She continued her education at Cornell University, completing her Master’s en passant while working towards her doctorate in Cultural Anthropology. As well, Baksi-Lahiri received a Fulbright to conduct dissertation research in the Republic of Maldives for her PhD on women’s power and ritual politics in a traditional Islamic society.

Sudeshna’s area of specialization is Women and Islam. Her doctoral dissertation from Cornell University in Anthropology is on “Women’s Power and Ritual Politics in the Maldives.” She taught at Ithaca College as an adjunct and was an instructor at Cornell. She has presented papers and chaired panel discussions at the American Anthropological Association and the Annual Conference on South Asia at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, among others.

She has participated in several Dallas Institute programs and has taught two short courses: “Women in Islam: Beyond the Stereotypes” and “Gender in Islam: Text and Context.”

She is also a member of the Dallas Institute and frequently attends programs.

DR. DANIEL RUSS

Dr. Daniel Russ is the Director of the Center for Christian Studies at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts and a Senior Fellow with the Trinity Forum. A regular Trinity Forum Moderator, he was project director for the curriculum “Children of Prometheus: Technology and the Good Life,” has written forewords for Trinity Forum Readings, served as a resource scholar for other Trinity Forum curriculum projects, and has been editor of the online Provocations journal. He was named a Senior Fellow in 2005.

At CCS he works to further its mission of facilitating Christian scholarship that will gain a hearing in the larger academy and have an impact on the church and the broader culture. From 2002-2003 he was the Executive Director of Christians in the Visual Arts at Gordon College, where the CIVA office is housed.

Dan was Headmaster of Trinity Christian Academy, a K-12 College Preparatory School in Dallas, Texas, from 1994-2002. He is a Fellow of the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, where he served as Managing Director for five years. There he founded “Studies in Leadership,” a program that affords business, professional, and civic leaders the opportunity to re-vision their leadership in light of the wisdom of the classics. Dr. Russ has contributed to a number of books on classics, biblical studies, and cultural leadership, including The Terrain of Comedy, The Epic Cosmos, Classic Texts and the Nature of Authority, Invitation to the Classics, and an essay on the Book of Job to The Tragic Abyss. Dan’s book, Flesh-and-Blood Jesus: Learning to Be Fully Human from the Son of Man was published in 2008.

He holds a B.A. in English from the University of Evansville, an M.A. in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary, an M.A. in English from the University of Dallas, and a Ph.D. in Literature and Psychology from the University of Dallas. Dan and his wife Kathy have four grown children and live in Danvers, Massachusetts.

DR. DENNIS PATRICK SLATTERY

Dennis Patrick Slattery, Ph.D., has for the past twenty-three years been a Core Faculty member in the Mythological Studies Program at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, CA. He has taught for the past forty-five years at the elementary, secondary, undergraduate, and graduate levels. From 1984-87, he taught teachers the classics of literature in the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture’s Summer Program for Teachers. He also taught for six years at the Fairhope Institute of Humanites and Culture’s Summer Program for high school teachers under the direction of Dr. Larry Allums, current director of the Dallas Institute. He is the author, co-author, editor, or co-editor of twenty-five volumes as well as over two hundred articles in books, magazines, newspapers and online journals. His titles include: The Idiot: Dostoevsky’s Fantastic Prince (1984); The Wounded Body: Remembering the Markings of Flesh (2000); Grace in the Desert: Awakening to the Gifts of Monastic Life (2003); Harvesting Darkness: Essays on Literature, Myth, Film and Culture (2006); With Glen Slater he coedited Varieties of Mythic Experience: Essays on Religion, Psyche and Culture (2008); with Jennifer Selig he co-edited Reimagining Education: Essays on Reviving the Soul of Learning (2009); Day-to-Day Dante: Exploring Personal Myth Through The Divine Comedy (2012); Creases in Culture: Essays Toward a Poetics of Depth; Our Daily Breach: Exploring Your Personal Myth Through Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. He has also published six volumes of poetry and one novel. He offers (W)riting Retreats on personal mythology using the writings of Joseph Campbell and others to Jungian groups and organizations in the United States and Europe. Currently he is co-editing with Evans Lansing Smith a volume on the letters of Joseph Campbell.


2019 HIETT PRIZE IN THE HUMANITIES JUDGES

PROFESSOR PATRICK KELLY

DR. DONNA MCBRIDE

DR. JOSHUA PARENS

2018 HIETT PRIZE IN THE HUMANITIES JUDGES

DR. JOAN ARBERY

PROFESSOR
BARNABY FITZGERALD

DR. JOHN SADLER

2017 HIETT PRIZE IN THE HUMANITIES JUDGES

PROFESSOR
JUDY FRENCH KELLY

DR. RODNEY TEAGUE

DR. GAIL THOMAS

2016 HIETT PRIZE IN THE HUMANITIES JUDGES

DR. ROBERT S. DUPREE

KATHERINE OWENS

DR. CAROLYN SMITH-MORRIS

2015 HIETT PRIZE IN THE HUMANITIES JUDGES

DR. SCOTT CHURCHILL

DR. RANDY G. GORDON

DR. NANCY CAIN
ROBERTSON

2014 HIETT PRIZE IN THE HUMANITIES JUDGES

DR. BILL BERRY

DR. BAINARD COWAN

PROFESSOR MARY VERNON

2013 HIETT PRIZE IN THE HUMANITIES JUDGES

DR. CLAUDIA MACMILLAN

DR. WILLARD SPIEGELMAN

DR. DAVID SWEET

2012 HIETT PRIZE IN THE HUMANITIES JUDGES

DR. RANDY G. GORDON

DR. DAVID MARKHAM

DR. THOMAS MAYO

2011 HIETT PRIZE IN THE HUMANITIES JUDGES

DR. GUY STORY BROWN

DR. LOUISE COWAN

DR. ELIZABETH RUSS

2010 HIETT PRIZE IN THE HUMANITIES JUDGES

PROFESSOR PATRICK KELLY

2009 HIETT PRIZE IN THE HUMANITIES JUDGES

PROFESSOR MARY ANN CAWS

PROFESSOR MARJORIE GARBER

PROFESSOR NEIL MacCORMICK

2008 HIETT PRIZE IN THE HUMANITIES JUDGES

PROFESSOR JACQUES BARZUN

PROFESSOR CLAYBORNE CARSON

PROFESSOR ROBERT HOLLANDER

2007 HIETT PRIZE IN THE HUMANITIES JUDGES

JIM LEHRER

PROFESSOR CAMILLE PAGLIA

PROFESSOR EDWARD SULLIVAN

2006 HIETT PRIZE IN THE HUMANITIES JUDGES

PROFESSOR MICHAEL H. HOEFLICH

PROFESSOR SETH LERER

DR. FREDERICK TURNER

2005 HIETT PRIZE IN THE HUMANITIES JUDGES

DR. LOUISE COWAN

PROFESSOR ELIZABETH FOX-GENOVESE

PROFESSOR PETER GAY