The Minor in African and African American Studies was approved by the Board of Trustees at its 2018 February meeting. While the program will be officially launched in the fall semester of 2018, students can begin enrolling in classes for the minor this spring. The Founding Director for the African and African American Studies minor is Joy R. Bostic. Dr. Bostic is an associate professor in the Department of Religious Studies where the new program will be housed. Professor Bostic would like to thank the students who have been a part of the #WeBelongHere movement, especially Andrea Doe and Arik Stewart whose efforts helped to mobilize students and sparked a renewed call to establish a stand-alone program in African and African American Studies; Marilyn Mobley, Vice President for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity who took up the students call and organized faculty discussions that contributed to the development of a formal proposal; Drs. Mobley and Cassi Pittman who served on the proposal subcommittee; the Department of Religious Studies for its enthusiastic support for establishing the program; and the Dean’s Office of the College, College and University committee and subcommittee members as well as departmental chairs and program directors who provided feedback and support during the proposal process.
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.
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.
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.
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”
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.
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.
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.
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. of Modern Languages
Lecturer of Islam, CWRU Dept. of Religious Studies
Adjunct Professor, CWRU School of Law
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
3 p.m., Ballroom...