E&H Religion Professor Recipient of Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges Grant

Posted on: Friday, May 3rd, 2013 by Brent Treash

The Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges (VFIC) has awarded the Maurice L. Mednick Memorial grant to Emory & Henry College religion professor Adam Wells.

Wells will use the grant to travel to Germany for research into his topic, “The Kenotic Reduction: Toward an Absolute Science of Scripture.”

Wells hopes to spend several weeks at the archive of German philosopher Eugen Fink examining Fink’s contribution to the field of phenomenology.

“The Bible is often read differently in the classroom and the church,” said Wells. “I’m interested in a more holistic approach to the Bible that considers both historical and theological phenomena.”

Wells is a 2007 graduate of Yale Divinity. He received his Ph.D. in Comparative Scripsture from the University of Virginia in 2012.

The Maurice L. Mednick Memorial Fellowship was created in honor of a young Norfolk industrialist whose family and business associates wished to perpetuate his name by establishing a memorial that would emphasize his and the donors’ strong interest in higher education. 

Administration of the Mednick Memorial Fund is vested in the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges to encourage the professional development of college teachers and improve their academic competence through fellowships for research and advanced study. 

Founded in 1952, the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges is a nonprofit fund-raising partnership supporting the programs and students of 15 leading independent colleges in the Commonwealth.