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    Anthony Austin-Walker

    Attending: Yale University for Master of Arts in Religion

    Acknowledgement to Mentors:

    "I would like to thank Dr. Bazemore and Dr. Kenney for their awesome contribution to my career as an undergraduate. They both invested themselves in me and instilled in me skills preparing me for graduate school. I thank both of them for taking time to meet with me, critiquing my research papers and encouraging me regarding my present and future success. I know that both of my mentors went out of their way at times, but still were willing vessels in helping me in my academic pursuits. I know I asked a lot of questions about graduate school, having an academic career, teaching, etc., but they answered honestly and sincerely. Also, I thank them for writing letters of recommendation for the graduate schools to which I applied. Thank you very much for all of your help."


    Anthony Austin-Walker is a History & Humanities major with minors in Africana Studies, German and French, who thoroughly enjoys the study of Ancient History as well as African American History. His research includes a cross comparative study of slavery in ancient Greece and ancient Rome and rites and rituals in Christian antiquity. With a passion for the ancient world, Anthony intends to pursue his Ph.D. in New Testament/Christian Origins. His goal after obtaining his Ph.D. is to teach at a university.

    Anthony was born in Bellevue, Washington and has lived in the Seattle area for most of his life. After graduating from high school in 2005, he enetered the labor force as a construction worker and maintenance technician, but in the summer of 2006 he went to ministry school in Alexandria, Louisiana. At the beginning of winter quarter 2010, Anthony started college at Eastern Washington University. He immediately recognized his passion for ancient history. Since starting his studies at Eastern, he has also maintained Dean's List status quarterly and has received various academic awards. He will be attending Yale University in fall 2013 to earn a Master of Arts in Religion.


    Dr. Georgia Bazemore, Jeffers R. Chertok, Professsor, Department of History, EWU

    Dr. Garrett Kenney, Associate Professor, English/Religious Studies, EWU

    2011 TRiO McNair Research Internship- Slave Life Cycles: Comparing Slavery in Ancient Greece and Rome

    Austin-Walker, Anthony, (Georgia Bazemore), Department of History, Eastern Washington University, Washington 
    This study examines the institution of slavery in the ancient world with a particular focus on both ancient Greek and Roman societies. My work follows the current academic interest in comparative slavery, and incorporates the leading voices in this field as well as making use of other highly esteemed sources regarding ancient slavery. The comparative scholarly approach for the study of slavery is currently very much in fashion, and supported in universities in several continents including Europe, America, and Australia. 
    This paper necessarily consists of two parts. The first part concentrates on slavery in ancient Greece while the second area of focus is on ancient Roman slavery. Ancient slavery was largely the result of conquest in war. Slavery then was an accident of war or strife. Specific areas of emphasis regarding slavery in both societies include slave markets, ways of acquisition, the life and tasks of slaves, treatment and punishment and lastly, the processes and aftermath of manumission. Furthermore, this paper seeks to show specific differences and similarities that were prevalent within the different areas and time periods as well as identify what reasons might have caused these differences, or else, similarities that were present.

    2012 TRiO McNair Research Internship- Baptism, Divine Healing, and Demonic Expulsion in Pre-Nicene Christianity

    Austin-Walker, Anthony (Garrett Kenney), English/Religious Studies, Eastern Washington University, Washington

    Christian teaching on baptism, from its early days until the present, has forced baptism into the seat of controversy. Within the school of theological thought and biblical criticism, scholars have taken various approaches and stances regarding the original baptismal praxis of early Christians while arguing a variety of points. Much of early Christian literature and biblical works contain references to use of the name 'Jesus' in some manner or as an invocation during the baptismal ceremony. Not only was the name 'Jesus' used in relation to baptism, but also in the rites of healing and demonic expulsion (i.e., exorcism). This research furthers the discussion by examining the early evidence from biblical, apocryphal, pseudepigraphical and other historical sources regarding these topics. This specified research focuses on several distinct components: 1) the records of baptism, exorcism and miraculous healing claims in ancient sources and the various creedal 'formulas' mentioned, 2) a discussion of the exalted status that the name of Jesus was elevated to in early Christianity, 3) How this exaltation applied and led to the use of the name 'Jesus' in these rites.

    Conference Presentations:_________________________________________________________________
    Baptism, Divine Healing, and Demonic Expulsion in Pre-Nicene Christianity. 16th Annual EWU Student Research and Creative Works Symposium (2013)
    A Market for Bodies: Slave Markets in the Ancient Greco-Roman World and the Sale of Human Merchandise. 15th Annual EWU Student Research and Creative Works Symposium (2012)
    Slave Life Cycles: A Comparative Examination of Ancient Greek and Roman Slavery. National Conference on Undergraduate Research, Ogden, Utah (2012)
    Slave Life Cycles: A Comparative Examination of Ancient Greek and Roman Slavery. 20th Annual National McNair Research Conference and Graduate Fair, Lake Geneva, Wis. (2011)
    Post-Civil War Economic Inhibitions Among African-Americans Under Jim Crow Laws and the Economic Developments They Achieved Despite These Implications. 14th Annual EWU Student Research and Creative Work Symposium (2011)
    2012-2013 Honors and Awards:_____________________________________________________________
    Awardee of Keepers of the Dream Outstanding Academic Achievement, Eastern Washington University
    Men of Color Panel Member, Eastern Washington University
    Eastern Washington University Libraries NCUR Award 2013, full funding, traveling expenses, and spending cash awarded to two students for attending the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, second-time recipient.
    First Annual Phi Kappa Phi Book Scholarship, $500 book scholarship for the winner of essay contest, Eastern Washington University, 2012
    Phi Kappa Phi, National Honor Society for the top 7.5 percent of second semester juniors and the top 10 perccent of seniors and graduate students.
    Daniel and Margaret Carper Foundation Scholarship, $8,000 scholarship to an undergraduate student studying social and behavioral sciences or social work at Eastern Washington University, through 2013.
    Florence and Earle Stewart Book Scholarship, emphasis upon literary enrichment or cultural experience intended to promote the intellectual quality and/or relative performance of the proposed purchase. Eastern Washington University, three-time recipient through 2013.
    Dean's List: Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Winter 2013
    Graduate School Acceptances:_____________________________________________________________
    Emory University Chandler School of Theology, Master of Arts in Theological Studies
    Vanderbuilt University, Master of Arts in Theological Studies
    Yale University, Master of Arts in Religion

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