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Humanities Center Programs Help Religion Professor Land Major Fellowship

Scott Kenworthy, Professor of Comparative Religion, has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute for Advanced Study at Central European University to complete a book entitled “Patriarch Tikhon Bellavin and the Orthodox Church in Revolutionary Russia.”

The book will be the first full critical biography of Patriarch Tikhon, who became head of the Russian Orthodox Church shortly after the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917.  Tikhon faced a militantly atheist regime that sought to destroy the authority of the church, which served the majority of Russians at the time. Kenworthy's research has taken him to a dozen archives in five countries and has developed wealth of new resources, including documents from the Russian secret police archives only recently made public.

Kenworthy credited three Humanities Center Scholarly Publishing Program for helping him recent success. “The Book Proposal Workshop," he noted, "helped me prepare a proposal that was accepted by Oxford University Press.” Professor Kenworthy has also taken part in the center's Writing for the Public Workshops, which helped him communicate his research to a broader audience in publications such as The Conversation. Kenworthy won his recent grants shortly after the Humanities Center's Grant Development Workshop offered him one-on-one guidance from a former NEH program officer.

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