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Plate Publishes Essay in Religious Dispatches

In a Religious Dispatches essay, Cult’ Cinema Comes of Age,” Visiting Associate Professor of Religious Studies S. Brent Plate examined recent films that focus on cults including The Master, the latest in the group. In the Oct. 7 article, Plate described The Master as “emblematic of a new, more nuanced treatment of cults in the movies,” and “more or less … the story of L. Ron Hubbard and the birth of Scientology.”  More ...

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Washington Post Quotes Plate on Film Festival

An article on The Washington Post website titled “Atheists find a new venue for the godless: on film,” and released by the Religion News Service, quoted Visiting Associate Professor of Religious Studies S. Brent Plate.  “An independent faith film festival will create film fests for similar reasons — to be with other, like-minded people, to laugh together and cry together and think together,” Plate said in the article that focused on the San Francisco-based, annual Atheist Film Festival. Published on Aug. 17, the article also appeared on the The Times-Picayune site.  More ...

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Plate Presents Papers in Turkey and Germany

Brent Plate, visiting associate professor of religious studies, presented two papers this summer. The first was at the International Media, Religion and Culture conference, a scholarly meeting held biennially in a different part of the world. This year's conference was hosted by Anadolu University in Eskisehir, Turkey.  More ...

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Plate Guest Edits Journal Issue, Publishes Articles

Visiting Associate Professor of Religious Studies S. Brent Plate guest-edited the June 2012 issue of the journal CrossCurrents (Wiley-Blackwell). The issue theme is "The Mediation of Meaning," and includes articles by scholars and artists working in museum studies, art and religious studies.   More ...

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Plate Publishes Two Book Chapters on Religion, Culture and Film

Visiting Associate Professor of Religious Studies S. Brent Plate recently published two book chapters at the intersections of religion, film and contemporary culture. The first, titled “Religion and Film: Making Movies, Making Worlds,” appears in Religion and Culture: Contemporary Practices and Perspectives, edited by Vincent Biondo and Richard Hecht, and published by Fortress Press. The volume is an anthology of essays that look at the religious practices, including topics of violence, gender, nature, the arts, sports and more. Plate’s contribution argues for the ways cinema construes particular frames of reality in ways akin to religious traditions.  More ...

Students in “Religion, Art, and Visual Culture” explore Islamic Art at the Harvard Art Museum.
Class Visits Boston Museums to Explore Religion and Art

Students in “Religion, Art, and Visual Culture” (cross-listed with Religious Studies and Art History) traveled to Boston for two days in April to explore works of art.

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Plate Presents Invited Lectures

Visiting Associate Professor of Religious Studies S. Brent Plate presented invited lectures during March in Ithaca and Syracuse, N.Y., Louisville, Ky., and Richmond, Va.  More ...

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Plate-Edited Journal Receives Honor at the MLA

Visiting Associate Professor of Religious Studies S. Brent Plate’s co-edited journal issue, "Keywords in Material Religion," was awarded an honorable mention for the Best Special Issue of the Year from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals.  The 500+ member CELJ gives its annual awards at the Modern Language Association's annual meeting. This year it was held in Seattle.  More ...

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Plate Invited to Editorial Board of Leading Religious Studies Journal

Visiting Associate Professor of Religious Studies S. Brent Plate will join the editorial board of the Journal of the American Academy of Religion. Published by Oxford University Press, JAAR is one of the leading journals in the field of religious studies, and publishes articles by the top scholars from around the world.


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Brent Plate presents Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gary Snyder with an AAR award.
Plate Presents Award to Pulitzer Prize-winning Writer

Visiting Associate Professor of Religious Studies S. Brent Plate presented the AAR Award in Religion and the Arts to Pulitzer Prize-winning author and poet Gary Snyder at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion (AAR) Nov. 18-22 in San Francisco.  More ...

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