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Alumnus Dr. Courtney Friesen Receives Lautenschlaeger Award

November 10, 2016

The Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies would like to congratulate its former student, Dr. Courtney Friesen, on being awarded the Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise for the revised form of his doctoral dissertation, published recently as a book: Reading Dionysus: Euripides' Bacchae and the Cultural Contestations of Greeks, Jews, Romans, and Christians.

The Lautenschlaeger award is a prestigious international award in academic biblical and religious studies honoring first books or dissertations that address “God and Spirituality (broadly understood).” Ten books are chosen every year by a panel of scholars from eighteen countries.

Dr. Friesen’s book "explores conceptions of God and spirituality across shifting boundaries of ancient religions and ethnicities by way of the reception of an especially popular tragedy, Euripides’ Bacchae." He was advised on his dissertation by CNES Associate Professor Melissa Harl Sellew. Dr. Friesen is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies and Classics at the University of Arizona