Background to the Fellows Program
Young researchers working on projects at the Center for Mind and Culture are vital to the future of interdisciplinary research. Their skill set embraces multiple disciplines. They combine the precision of the scientist with the complex awareness of the artist. And they learn to collaborate from the start.
Training students in the CMAC way produces multi-competent researchers with unusual vision. They pull together ideas and information in novel ways. Insert a seasoned researcher trained with such skills into a room of specialized experts, and the entire group instantly operates more efficiently.
To support such training, the Center for Mind and Culture (then the Institute for the Bio-Cultural Study of Religion) founded the Lindamood Fellows Program in 2010, with the generous support of the Doug and Gay Lane Foundation and the Lakeside Foundation.
Lindamood Fellows complete doctoral degrees at affiliated universities while conducting research on projects run through CMAC and IBCSR. They receive hands-on experience and valuable training from experts in multiple fields. And they emerge from their Fellowship ready to make a difference.
This Fellows Program is named in honor of the Rev. Samuel Johnson Lindamood, Jr. A mentor to one of IBCSR’s founders, he died in 1997, leaving a legacy of influence on generations of individuals. The program is launched with the support of his widow, Ann Lindamood Fischer.
Sam Lindamood was a remarkable man. A pastor and preacher of rare quality, he intuitively grasped the ambiguity of religion. He worked tirelessly to make the benefits of religion real for those he served while carefully resisting its negative aspects. He stood for tolerance and inclusiveness and against bigotry and fanaticism. He was always realistic, always told the truth, and was a superb mentor.
The Lindamood Fellows Program embodies these values and CMAC is proud to be associated with Sam Lindamood’s legacy through this initiative.
The recipients of Lindamood Fellowships are listed below. More information about current recipients can be found under Personnel.
Joel Daniels, 2010-2014
Nicholas DiDonato, 2010
Connor Wood, 2010-2015
Jonathan Morgan, 2013-2018
Christopher Halloran, 2014-2018
Jenn Lindsay, 2014-2018
John Balch, 2017-Present
Kate Stockly, 2018