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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 ...

S. Brent Plate
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 ...

Lainie Smith '16
Smith ’16 Studies the Practice of Meditation

Lainie Smith ’16, through the Digital Humanities Initiative (DHi), is examining meditation in her summer research project titled “Investigating the Growth and Adaptations of the Practice of Meditation” with Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Abhishek Amar.  More ...

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