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The Department of Religious Studies examines religious beliefs, institutions and practices using approaches from the humanities, arts, social sciences and sciences. The academic study of religion, combined with appropriate courses in other fields, provides an excellent background for any professional career—including law, engineering, medicine and health care professions, journalism, social work and others—and for graduate studies in a number of fields.

 

A major in religious studies provides a well-rounded liberal arts education or can be combined conveniently with a second major. Minors or sequences in religious studies complement and broaden any field chosen as a major.

 

NEWS

Dr. Joy Bostic will lead a workshop at Union Theological Seminary in New York City on Saturday, February 24

Date posted: February 23rd, 2018

Dr. Joy Bostic will lead a workshop entitled The Lemonade Class: Womanist Pedagogy and Black Popular Cultures at the Trailblazers 2018: Beyond the Temple Door There is no Promised Land at Union Theological Seminary in New York City on Saturday, February 24.

https://utsnyc.edu/event/trailblazer-2018-5/

Dr. Justine Howe Book Launch, Lecture and Reception “All-American Islam: Leisure and Parenting in Suburban Chicago”

Date posted: January 30th, 2018

After 9/11, American Muslims have faced increased pressure to demonstrate the compatibility of Islam and American culture. Focusing on suburban Chicago, this lecture shows how some Muslim communities have embraced leisure activities, such as playing football or apple-picking, as essential for smoothing the pathway for Islam’s acceptance in the American religious landscape and as vital for the construction of an American Islam that transcends ethnic and racial divisions.

This talk explores how consumer practices, especially those perceived as generating “spirituality” and cultural “comfort”— have become resonant in our contemporary political moment.

 

Dr. Brian Clites – Work-in-Progress – Sacred Protests: Politics and Faith after Sexual Abuse

Date posted: January 30th, 2018

In the wake of Boston, 2002, survivors of Catholic clergy sexual abuse have been empowered to come forward with their stories of suffering. Yet from the ashes of their collective trauma, abuse survivors have built a robust agenda of political and religious reforms. In this lecture, Brian Clites, Instructor in the Department of Religious Studies, takes us on an ethnographic exploration of Catholic abuse survivors’ protests, examining not only the reforms that victims seek but also the conflicting emotions that they feel towards their church. Even as some survivors continue to kiss their Cardinal’s rings, others harbor fantasies of murder and revenge.

Ratner Family Lecture, “Balm in Gilead: Memory, Mourning, and Healing in African American Autobiography” Albert J. Raboteau

Date posted: January 22nd, 2018

YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE SPRING 2018 RATNER FAMILY LECTURE IN RELIGION at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio

Distinguished Lecturer: Albert J. Raboteau
Emeritus Professor of Religion, Princeton University

“Balm in Gilead: Memory, Mourning, and Healing in African American Autobiography”

Wednesday, March 21 at 4:30 pm
Tinkham Veale University Center Ballroom C
Reception to Follow

Five Religious Studies Faculty Members on the Program of the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion in Boston, November 18-21

Date posted: November 1st, 2017

Joy Bostic will be a panelist in an exploratory session entitled “Spiritual but Not Religious: A Roundtable Discussion on the Past, Present, and Future(s) of Research”
Brian Clites will be a panelist in a session on “the Anthropology of Catholicism: A Roundtable on Method, Challenges, and Opportunities”
Timothy Beal will be the respondent in a session on “Monsters, Monster Theory, and Religion”
Justine Howe will be presiding over a session on “Islamophobia, the Body, and the State in Contemporary Europe”
Jonathan Tan will be the respondent in a session on “Asian American Secularities: Race, Religion, and the Secular in Chinese North American Communities”

Dr. Justine Howe Lecture at Indiana University October 17, 2017: All-American Islam: Leisure and Parenting in Suburban Chicago

Date posted: October 11th, 2017

After 9/11, American Muslims have faced increased pressure to demonstrate the compatibility of Islam and American culture. Focusing on suburban Chicago, this lecture shows how some Muslim communities have embraced leisure activities, such as playing football or apple-picking, as essential for smoothing the pathway for Islam’s acceptance in the American religious landscape and as vital for the construction of an American Islam that transcends ethnic and racial divisions. By linking leisure to the moral obligation of parenting, these recreational rituals, deemed quintessentially American, are made into pious acts. This talk explores how consumer practices, especially those perceived as generating “spirituality” and cultural “comfort”— have become resonant in our contemporary political moment.

http://indiana.edu/~relstud/news/lectures#howe

NEW!!! Summer Funding for Students in Religious Studies

Date posted: September 20th, 2017

SKIP TO THE DETAILS HERE. Announcing the Reisacher Summer Fellowship program, providing up to $3,000 for students in religious studies to carry out summer projects. Details here. …Read more.

Dr. Beal Visiting Faculty at the Nida School of Translation Studies at the San Pellegrino University Foundation in Misano Adriatico, Italy

Date posted: June 1st, 2017

Timothy Beal was Visiting Faculty at the Nida School of Translation Studies at the San Pellegrino University Foundation in Misano Adriatico, Italy. The conference hosts a highly diverse international group of faculty and graduate students from all fields of translation studies (from religious texts to poetry and novels to recipes). This year’s theme is “Translation and Cultural Conversions.” Tim will lecture on his recent experiments in neural machine translation.

“Changing the Narrative About Islam and Muslims”

Date posted: February 1st, 2017

Power of Diversity Lecture Series
Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity invites you to attend
Changing the Narrative About Islam and Muslims”
a lecture by Ramez Islambouli

Head of Arabic Language,CWRU Dept. …Read more.

Highlights

Master of Arts in Religious Studies applications

Applications for the Master of Arts Program in Religious Studies are now being accepted.

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