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Release: April 12, 2001

UI history professor wins $65,000 fellowship

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Benjamin Kaplan, an associate professor of history in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts, has won a $65,000 fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies. The award, the Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship, is given to recently tenured faculty to support "long-term, unusually ambitious projects in the humanities and related social sciences."

Kaplan said this award, along with a fellowship he won in December from the National Endowment for the Humanities, will enable him to complete his current book project, "Divided by Faith: A Social History of Religious Toleration in Europe, 1500-1800." Divided by Faith examines the practice of religious toleration and its opposite, the eruption of religious violence, in Europe in the centuries between the Reformation and the French Revolution. It seeks to explain how different religious groups managed to live together peacefully in some places, what kinds of arrangements and accommodations such coexistence entailed, and why toleration prevailed in some communities while others descended into sectarian violence.

Burkhardt Fellowships are intended to support an academic year -- normally nine months -- of residence at any one of nine national residential research centers. Kaplan will travel to Washington, D.C., to conduct research at the Folger Shakespeare Library.