Dr. DeTemple received her PhD in Religious Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005. She is Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Religious Studies at Southern Methodist University. Her research interests include faith-based economic development, Latin American religions, Pentecostalism, and the use of dialogue in classrooms to promote intellectual humility, conviction, civic engagement, and learning. She is the author of Cement, Earthworms and Cheese Factories: Religion and Community Development in Rural Ecuador, published in 2012 by the University of Notre Dame Press, and is a co-principal investigator on an ongoing research project funded by the University of Connecticut and the Templeton Foundation, “The Dialogic Classroom: A Pedagogy for Engaging Difference with Intellectual Humility.”
On Thursday, March 22, Dr. David Frankfurter joined us for our McLester Colloquium to speak on “Ancient Magic in a New Key: Refining an Exotic Discipline in the History of Religions.” Dr. Frankfurter is William Goodwin Aurelio Chair of the Appreciation of Scripture at Boston University.
In his talk, Dr. Frankfurter reconsidered the ways that “magic” has been embraced and treated in the study of Early Christianity. In his lecture, he subsequently advocated both a more rigorous approach to indigenous evaluations of ambiguous ritual and a more confident “etic” or descriptive use of the category magic. The fascinating lecture generated many questions and responses from the faculty and graduate students present and was followed by casual conversation over refreshments.
Summer 2018 registration has begun! Online course offerings include RELI 283/ASIA 300: The Buddhist Tradition: India, Nepal, Tibet, taught by Professor Leve, and RELI 162: Catholicism Today: An Introduction to the Contemporary Catholic Church, taught by Professor Marienberg. Details below (click on each poster for a PDF):
Josue Menjivar is a part-time student who balances his role as a full-time language translator in the UNC Hospital system with his studies. Last summer, he participated in the Study Abroad 2017 Huqoq excavation with Jodi Magness, Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism. Since 2011, Professor Magness has led archaeological excavations at the site of Huqoq in Israel’s Galilee, where she and her team have garnered international attention for their discovery of an ancient synagogue building with stunning mosaic floors.
Josue discusses his experience in this unique UNC Study Abroad program and how it helps him in his full-time job:
Last Sunday, March 11, Lauren Leve, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Director of Graduate Studies, was the keynote speaker at the International Women’s Day 2018 program for the North Carolina Nepali Community, organized by the Non-Resident Nepali Association National Coordination Council North Carolina Chapter and the Nepal Center of North Carolina. Prof. Leve spoke on “Gender-based Violence and Awareness in the Cultural Interface.”
On Jan. 25, Carl Ernst, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies, spoke on “Sufi Martyrs of Love” at the Jaipur Literature Festival, an event described as the “greatest literary show on Earth.” The festival brings together the world’s most renowned literary talents across a number of fields and subject areas for intellectual discussion, thoughtful debate and more.
Read the profile of Prof. Ernst’s work connecting Carolina to the Middle East by UNC Global, and watch the recorded lecture here!
Duke-UNC Graduate Middle East and Islamic Studies Conference
The 15th Annual Duke-UNC Graduate Middle East and Islamic Studies Conference on “Map, Territory, and Boundary” was held last week on Feb. 9-10 at Duke University, with participation from graduate students and faculty from both institutions. The conference explored geography and territoriality as not only the subjects of ongoing contestation, but also compelling paradigms to engage with broader interrelated questions pertaining to the modern makeup of the Middle East. Participants discussed the myriad of ways the themes of map, territory, and boundary open up new possibilities of insight in the contexts of the Middle East, Muslim communities, and their connected geographies. Congratulations to the conference organizers and participants on a successful conference!
The annual dinner for Religious Studies majors was held last night, Monday, Feb. 5, and it was a huge success! Students and faculty had the chance to chat over a delicious dinner organized by the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Professor Jessica Boon, and the Undergraduate Studies Committee. The meal was followed by inspiring words from RELI graduates Robbie Jessup ‘08 (Law ’11), and Mark Rothrock ‘10, introduced by Professor Randall Styers. Thank you all for joining us!