Jarrod Brown awarded three-year grant for SARI Project

Visiting professor and 2004 alumnus Jarrod Brown has been awarded a three-year grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to support his research on environmental and agricultural ethics in Việt Nam’s Hòa Hảo Buddhist tradition.  Over the next three summers, Professor Brown, who is completing his Ph.D. in Asian philosophy at the University of Hawai’i and has been teaching at his alma mater in a sabbatical replacement capacity since fall 2015, plans to investigate Hòa Hảo Buddhist moral reasoning about environmental and agricultural issues, develop an environmental history of the three distinct Vietnamese communities that he studies, and produce an interactive map of the area based on interviews, photography and videography, high-resolution satellite imaging of changing land use patterns, and intensive field work.  “Happily for me,” Brown says, the project “allows me to seamlessly marry philosophy, religious studies, the study of Southeast Asia, and develop new pathways in the digital humanities.”  The project website may be visited at: http://www.sari.umd.edu/