McMurry University Professors Receive Research Grants From KIVA Exes Association

  Gary Ellison
  Thursday, January 26, 2017 10:06 AM
  Archives 2014 - 2015

Abilene, TX

McMurry University Professors Dr. Tina Bertrand and Dr. Jerry Hollingsworth are the recipients of KIVA Exes Association Faculty/Staff Development and Research Fund for this academic year.

The KIVA Award was established in 1991 by the KIVA Exes Association to help McMurry faculty and staff fund their research activities.

Dr. Bertrand’s research is examining why some global norms are embraced by the international community while others languish due to lack of material and reputational support. Specifically, she is comparing the United Nation’s Responsibility to Protect (RtoP) norm with the UN’s Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) norm. The RtoP norm establishes conditions under which external actors may violate state sovereignty when specific human rights atrocities occur, such as genocide, whereas the UNAOC norm establishes conditions under which dialogue and cooperation rather than military action should be prioritized as a response to radicalization.

Possible explanations for the international community’s acceptance of RtoP but not the UNAOC may include absence of critical state support, whether these new norms supplement or compete with previous norms, and the absence of civil society support.

Dr. Hollingworth will continue research on the subject of Native American religions.  This section of the study will be confined to the Southwestern portion of the United States, particularly with the indigenous groups in the area of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Arizona, including the Pueblo, Hopi, and the Navajo.

In particular, he will be looking at their relationship with the sun, especially in the construction of their buildings, their rock art, clan symbols, sun calendars, and other items that take on a major importance to these groups in the area.  This research will be used to publish a new book on Native American Religion, or sacred practices.

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