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Friday

August 27, 2010 2:00 pm

Ask Me Another: Cynthia Baker, religious studies professor

Cynthia Baker examines a ‘fraught’ identity term: ‘Jew’ Associate Professor of Religious Studies Cynthia Baker is something of an expert…

Tuesday

January 26, 2010 12:00 am

Religion professor receives NEH grant for 'identity terms' research

“Identity terms” are the words that people use to affiliate themselves and others with particular groups — ethnic, racial, religious, social and so on. Cynthia Baker, associate professor of religious studies at Bates, recently received $50,400 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support her research into one of history’s most fraught identity terms: “Jew,” a word that can convey praise, pride, prejudice or pure description.