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Release: April 12, 2001
UI history professor wins $65,000 fellowship
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Benjamin Kaplan, an associate professor of history in
the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts, has won a $65,000 fellowship
from the American Council of Learned Societies. The award, the Frederick Burkhardt
Residential Fellowship, is given to recently tenured faculty to support "long-term,
unusually ambitious projects in the humanities and related social sciences."
Kaplan said this award, along with a fellowship he won in December from
the National Endowment for the Humanities, will enable him to complete his
current book project, "Divided by Faith: A Social History of Religious
Toleration in Europe, 1500-1800." Divided by Faith examines the practice
of religious toleration and its opposite, the eruption of religious violence,
in Europe in the centuries between the Reformation and the French Revolution.
It seeks to explain how different religious groups managed to live together
peacefully in some places, what kinds of arrangements and accommodations such
coexistence entailed, and why toleration prevailed in some communities while
others descended into sectarian violence.
Burkhardt Fellowships are intended to support an academic year -- normally
nine months -- of residence at any one of nine national residential research
centers. Kaplan will travel to Washington, D.C., to conduct research at the
Folger Shakespeare Library.