At its June meeting, the ITMS Board of Directors awarded 2007-2008 Shannon Fellowships to three scholars: William Apel, Vaughn Fayle
and Ryan Scruggs.
Vaughn Fayle is professor of the Philosophy of Religion and Director of Philosophical Studies at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago.
He will research drafts of Merton's poems at the Thomas Merton Center as part of a project to set selected Merton poetry to music for various chamber, orchestral, vocal and instrumental groups.
Ryan Scruggs is a graduate student at McGill University
in Montreal, where he
is focusing his
studies on Thomas Merton and the Bible.
He will do research at the Thomas Merton Center on unpublished mimeographs of Merton's conferences on scripture.
On Sunday, November 18, Vaughn Fayle
will discuss and perform his
musical settings of Merton poems.