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Plate Participates in Religious Studies Conference

Visiting Associate Professor of Religious Studies Brent Plate participated at several venues during the American Academy of Religion (AAR) conference held Nov. 22-25 in San Diego. The meeting, held alongside the Society for Biblical Literature annual meeting, is the largest gathering of religious studies scholars in the world according to the AAR website.  More ...

Alison Ritacco, Prof. Brent Plate, Prof. Robert Knight and Hannah Grace O'Connell at the Hill Cumorah Pageant in Palmyra, N.Y., in 2013
Documentary by Knight and Plate Screened at Religion Conference

A documentary film titled “In God’s House: The Religious Landscape of Utica, NY,” had its first public screening in November at the American Academy of Religion meeting in San Diego. Plate was on hand to present the film and answer questions.  More ...

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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 ...

Barbara Gold, Steve Yao, Brent Plate
Faculty Attend Humanities Directors' Meeting

Barbara Gold (Classics), Steve Yao (English) and Brent Plate (Religious Studies) attended the Meeting of Directors of Humanities Centers at Small Liberal Arts Colleges at Wellesley College on Sept. 27.  This is a subgroup of the CHCI (Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes), an international group of colleges and universities that have (or will have/hope to have) humanities centers.  More ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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Plate Discusses Religion and Contemporary Art in NYC

Visiting Associate Professor of Religious Studies S. Brent Plate recently took part in a roundtable discussion on the place of religion in contemporary art. Joining Plate were several NYC-based artists working in a variety of media. They included Lawrence Graham-Brown, Meg Hitchcock-Steger, Yona Verwer, Kysa Johnson and Patricia Bellucci.  More ...

Sawyer Konys,  Shannon Boley and Jasmin Thomas.
From Church to Mosque: Rebirth of Spiritual Spaces in Utica’s Second Ward

Approaching 501 Park Street in Syracuse, a visitor would see what looks like a Catholic church. Though this site was once home to the Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, the building is now being converted into a mosque. As neighborhood demographics change, the need for specific religious spaces tends to shift as well. This summer, three students are working on a Levitt Group Research Project, “Sacred Spaces in Transition.”  More ...

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Plate Named FIRST Scholar at CU, Boulder

Visiting Associate Professor of Religious Studies Brent Plate was invited to be a FIRST (Faculty-in-Residence Summer Term) scholar at the University of Colorado (CU) at Boulder this year.  More ...

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