TMC Seminar (Online) || “How are [or are not] early Christian hospitals useful to religious imaginaries today that seek to promote modern clinical and global health?” with Susan Holman, MS, MTS, PhD
Susan R. Holman is the John R. Eckrich Chair and Professor of Religion and the Healing Arts at Valparaiso University. An award-winning writer and scholar, she is a New Englander whose career began as a registered dietitian working with low-income families in Boston hospitals and community health centers. She earned her M.S. from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and the Frances Stern Nutrition Center at Tufts/New England Medical Center, M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School, and Ph.D. in religious studies from Brown, and has also served as an academic editor and writer in both religion and global health. Dr. Holman’s research focuses on connecting religious history with contemporary issues of disease, poverty, hunger, and the social determinants of health, with a focus on material culture and the Christian tradition in late antiquity. In addition to numerous articles and co-edited monographs, she is author of The Hungry are Dying: Beggars and Bishops in Roman Cappadocia (2001), God Knows There’s Need: Christian Responses to Poverty (2009), and Beholden: Religion, Global Health, and Human Rights (2015), winner of the 2016 Grawemeyer Award in Religion.