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For information on our Fall 2018 courses, see here (flyers) and here (videos)

For information on our Summer 2018 courses, see here (flyers) and here (videos)

For our department’s statement on Silent Sam, click here.

 

Kathryn Lofton Keynote Address
 

On Saturday, May 12, Dr. Kathryn Lofton, (PhD UNC 2005), Professor of Religious Studies at Yale University, delivered the keynote address at UNC’s Doctoral Hooding Ceremony. Dr. Lofton is a historian of religion who has written extensively about capitalism, celebrity, sexuality, and the concept of the secular. In her work, she has examined the ways the history of religion is constituted by the history of popular culture and the emergence of corporations in modernity. You can watch Dr. Lofton’s Keynote Address below:

 

Posted in Alumni News, News & Events on May 21, 2018  
Congratulations, 2018 Graduates!
 

Congratulations to all the 2018 graduates of our Religious Studies program! You have inspired us with your enthusiasm, creativity, and critical insight. We wish you every success in your future endeavors!

Posted in News & Events, Undergraduate Accomplishments on May 16, 2018  
RELI 283: The Buddhist Tradition
 

In Fall 2018, Professor Lauren Leve will be teaching RELI 283: The Buddhist Tradition.

Learn more about this course below!

 

Posted in News & Events on May 7, 2018  
Benjamin White receives NEH stipend
 

Benjamin White, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Clemson University, has been awarded a Summer Stipend from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).  He received the stipend to support his project “The Authorship of the Pauline Epistles: The Promise and Limitations of Computational Methods.”

He was one of 65 scholars around the country selected to receive 2018 grants through the NEH Summer Stipends program, out of a field of nearly 800 applicants.

Dr. White received his Ph.D. in Ancient Mediterranean Religions from UNC in 2011.

Congratulations, Benjamin!

 

Posted in Alumni News on May 2, 2018  
RELI 542H: Religion and the Counterculture
 

In Fall 2018, Professor Yaakov Ariel will be teaching RELI 542H: Religion and the Counterculture.

Learn more about this course below!

 

Posted in News & Events on April 30, 2018  
2018 Department Awards Ceremony
 

On Wednesday, April 18, the department held its annual awards ceremony at which we celebrated the accomplishments of our students and faculty over the past year. The ceremony was held in the Graduate Student Center and was followed by a wonderful time of conversation over refreshments. The many recognitions we noted that day include:

Undergraduate Student Awards:

Halperin-Schütz Undergraduate Essay Awards:

Ingrid Kottke, “Witchcraft as Crime in the Treatises of King James VI and I and Matthew Hopkins”

Sydra Siddiqui, “Narratives of Healing and Personhood in Indian and Tanzanian Society”

Bernard Boyd Memorial Prize: Sydra Siddiqui

Graduate Student Awards:

Peck Prize for Graduate Student Teaching Excellence: Miguel Vargas

Religious Studies Department Summer Research Awards:

Isaiah Ellis,“American Architecture and American Religion: A Case Study in the Spiritual Valences of the Urban West”

Joanna Smith, “Secrecy, Limits, and the Configuration of Bodies at the Modern Slaughterhouse”

GSOC Peer Recognition Teaching Award: Ehsan Sheikholharam  

 

Posted in Faculty News, Graduate Student News, News & Events, Undergraduate Accomplishments on April 26, 2018  
Halperin-Schütz Undergraduate Essay Awards
 

Announcing the winners of the Halperin-Schütz Undergraduate Essay Award:

Named in honor of David J. Halperin (Rabbinic Judaism) and John Howard Schütz (New Testament), former faculty members of UNC-Chapel Hill’s Department of Religious Studies who were influential on a generation of students through their interdisciplinary and collaborative teaching, this essay competition recognizes undergraduate scholarship in the study of religion.

The winners are Ingrid Kottke, for a Capstone paper in RELI 697: “Witchcraft as Crime in the Treatises of King James VI and I and Matthew Hopkins;” and Sydra Siddiqui, for a selection from the Honors thesis, “Construction of The Body and Personhood: A Comparative Analysis of Religious and Indigenous Healing Practices in India and Tanzania,” Chapter 2: “Narratives of Healing and Personhood in Indian and Tanzanian Society.”

Congratulations to the winners!

Posted in News & Events, Undergraduate Accomplishments on April 23, 2018  


RELI 180: Introduction to Early Islamic Civilization
 

In Fall 2018, Professor Carl Ernst will be teaching RELI 180: Introduction to Early Islamic Civilization.

Learn more about this course below!

 

Posted in News & Events on April 20, 2018  
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