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Janet Simons and Abhishek Amar
Simons and Amar Discuss DHi at Vassar

Janet Simons, co-director of the Digital Humanities Initiative (DHi), and Abhishek Amar, assistant professor of religious studies, gave invited presentations on Nov. 13 at Vassar College. Their audience included faculty, librarians and academic technologists.  More ...

S. Brent Plate
Plate Presents Several Lectures

Visiting Associate Professor of Religious Studies S. Brent Plate presented several lectures based on his book, A History of Religion in 5 ½ Objects, at colleges and universities this semester.  More ...

Abhishek Amar
Amar Presents at Madison South Asia Conference

Abhishek Amar, assistant professor of religious studies, organized a panel titled "Reconfiguring Buddhism: Sites, Objects and Heritage in Modern South Asia" at the 43rd Annual Conference on South Asia, at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, on Oct. 18.  More ...

David Shorter
Author, UCLA Professor to Discuss Indigenous Healing

Author and UCLA Professor David Shorter will present a lecture, “Sex, Power, and Healing: Considering an Indigenous Context,” on Thursday, Oct. 23, at 4:10 p.m., in the Red Pit, Kirner-Johnson Building. The lecture is free and open to the public.  More ...

Lillia McEnaney '17 at the Institute for American Indian Studies.
Lillia McEnaney ’17 Publishes in Journal Museum Anthropology

Lillia McEnaney ’17 recently published an article in the international journal Museum Anthropology, the publication of the Council for Museum Anthropology, a section of the American Anthropological Society.  The article titled “Museum Anthropology: Conversations in the Field”  is a compilation of multiple interviews that she conducted with various professionals in the field, including the curator of globalization at the Smithsonian Institution.  More ...

S. Brent Plate
Plate Participates in International Conference

Visiting Associate Professor of Religious Studies S. Brent Plate participated in the 17th biennial conference of the International Society for Religion, Literature and Culture (ISRLC) held at the Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven) in Belgium.  More ...

Robert Knight
Knight’s Work Featured in Exhibitions

A recent video from Assistant Professor of Art Robert Knight’s project In God's House is featured in GLOBALissues. CLIMATEmatters. SocialCHANGE at ArtRage in Syracuse, N.Y. The exhibition opens Saturday, Sept. 6, with a reception from 7-9 p.m., and continues through Oct. 18.  More ...

Jennie Wilber '17
Zones of Peace: Hope for The City of Brotherly Love

Although there are still five months left in 2014, Philadelphia’s homicide count has already surpassed last year’s total1. Zones of Peace, an interfaith initiative founded in 2006 by the Religious Leaders Council of Greater Philadelphia, “works to eliminate today’s culture of violence: its causes, incidents, and tragic consequences.” Jennie Wilber ’17, a prospective religious studies major, has dedicated her summer to working with the Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia  More ...

Jay Williams
Williams Publishes Book on Thomas Nast

Jay Williams, the Walcott-Bartlett Professor of Religion emeritus, recently published Thomas Nast, America's Greatest Political Cartoonist. Published by Edwin Mellen Press, the book details how Nast’s many illustrations and cartoons relate to and illuminate American history.  More ...

Plate’s A History of Religion Spawns Interviews

A History of Religion in 5 1/2 Objects by Visiting Associate Professor of Religious Studies S. Brent Plate has continued to generate reviews and interviews. In its July issue, the Utne Reader excerpted the book for its online site under the title of "Drums: The Rhythme of Life"; the website "Spirituality and Practice" named it one of "The Best Spiritual Books of 2014 (so far),” describing it as “an elegant and illuminating book on the spiritual importance of objects in the religious life.”  More ...

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