Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Local woman receives international Award of Courage

A professor of Theology and Religious Studies at the University Of Botswana has been named the 2nd recipient of the Ann Reskovac Courage Award by the board of directors at Scarritt Bennet Center (SBC) in Nashville, Tennessee.

Prof Musa Dube, the first woman professor in the Faculty of Humanities, was bestowed with the honorary award in recognition of her outstanding work in the area of HIV/AIDS and violence against women and children, and her scholarly teachings in feminist New Testament studies.

The Ann Reskovac award is said to be designated for an individual who has demonstrated high quality courage in their compassionate work for social justice.

The award was named after Chairperson of the SBC board, Ann Reskovac, who recently lost her battle with cancer.

The Scarritt Bennett Center is a non-profit conference, retreat and educational center dedicated to empowerment through cross-cultural understanding, education, creativity and spiritual renewal. It offers a variety of programs addressing eradication of racism, empowerment of women, and spiritual education.
Dube adds her recent award to the many others that she has received over the years.

Her first award in 1989 was a World Council of Churches theological scholarship to study for her Masters in New Testament Studies.

In 1999, she was promoted to Senior Lecturer on the basis of Exceptional Performance. Still in the same year, Dube was Awarded Minority Women in Society of Literature Travel Grant.
In 2004, she was named winner of Society of Biblical Literature Travel. Barely two years later, was Dube granted Winner of the African Theological Series Today Prize.

Her work with gender issues was recognized in 2007 when she received two awards from GPCC, for research award winner and for Award Winner for Contribution to Gender Issues at International Level. Her last award before the Ann Reskovac was the HIV&AIDS Capacity Building Grant.

Dube started working for the University of Botswana in 1988 as a staff development fellow in Theology and Religious Studies when she was only 24 years old, a position she held for two years. In 1990, Dube was given the position of UB lecturer; she held the position for nine years before she was promoted to senior lecturer.

After 5 years as senior lecturer, Dube once again prevailed and was offered the position of Associate professor of theology and religious studies. It was then that she made history by becoming the first woman professor under the faculty of humanities.

To add to her already impressive profile, Dube, as it turns out, had held positions at a number of universities outside the country.

In 1995, she was a teaching assistant of New Testament themes at Vanderbilt Divinity School, and in 1996 she became an Instructor of New Testament Exegesis at the same school.

In 2002, she took an unpaid leave and worked for WCC (World Council of Churches) as an HIV/AIDS and Theological Consultant. Her role was to train theological lecturers and church leaders to mainstream HIV/AIDS and gender issues in their programs and to produce appropriate literature.

In 2004 she was appointed assistant professor for religious studies at Claremont Colleges, Scripps College, while 2006 saw her becoming Professor Extraordinary at Stellenbosch University in South Africa.

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