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Students in Brent Plate's Religion and Modern Art seminar view Van Gogh's <em>Starry Night</em>.
Religion and Modern Art Class Explores Works of Art in NYC Museums
Visiting Associate Professor of Religious Studies Brent plate took members of his "Religion and Modern Art" seminar to New York City on Sept. 2-4 to tour the Guggenheim Museum and Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). The visit will serve as the basis for much of the class conversation in upcoming weeks.

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S. Brent Plate
Plate Publishes Chapter in Encyclopedia of Religion in America
Visiting Associate Professor of Religious Studies S. Brent Plate recently published the chapter "Film" in the four-volume Encyclopedia of Religion in America, edited by Charles Lippy and Peter Williams (CQ Press/Sage Publications). The encyclopedia is a multidisciplinary examination of the role of religion in North American life. More ...
S. Brent Plate
Plate Presents Paper at Religion and Media Conference
Visiting Associate Professor of Religious Studies S. Brent Plate presented a paper at the 7th International Conference on Media, Religion, and Culture hosted by Ryerson University in Toronto. More ...
Steve Humphries-Brooks
Humphries-Brooks Discusses Apocalypse on BBC
Professor of Religious Studies Steve Humphries-Brooks was recently interviewed for BBC World Service about the second coming of Christ. The interview was based on a recent Pew Research poll that indicated four in 10 Americans between the ages of 21 and 26 believe Jesus will return by 2050. Humphries-Brooks discussed why the apocalypse is so important to young Americans. More ...
Stephen Ellingson
Ellingson Publishes Chapter on Megachurches
Stephen Ellingson, associate professor of sociology, published a chapter in The New Blackwell Companion to the Sociology of Religion, edited by Bryan S. Turner. More ...
Gary Laderman
Emory Professor to Present “Forget Secularism: Religion (Still) Rules”
Gary Laderman, professor of American religious history and cultures and chair of the religion department at Emory University, will present “Forget Secularism: Religion (Still) Rules” on Monday, May 3, at noon, in room 3024 of the Science Center. The talk is free and open to the public. More ...
Jay Williams '54
Williams Publishes on Website
Jay G. Williams ’54, the Walcott-Bartlett Professor of Religion, recently published an article on the Bestwriting.com website. "Zen Blessings from Canada” is a reflection upon experiences at a Zen temple in Toronto, and Buddhism as it actually is. More ...
S. Brent Plate
Plate Interviewed for Article About South Park Censorship
S. Brent Plate, visiting associate professor of religious studies, was interviewed for the article “Censorship of 'South Park' triggers debate” in the Columbus Dispatch (4/29/10). The article describes how the creators of the cartoon "South Park" had recently received threats after depicting the Prophet Muhammed in a mascot-like bear costume and as Santa Claus. More ...
Brent Plate
Plate Lectures at Lehigh, Participates in NYU Workshop
Visiting Associate Professor of Religious Studies Brent Plate gave a lecture titled "Blasphemous Art in a Secular Age" at Lehigh University in March. The lecture stems from his 2006 book Blasphemy: Art that Offends, and offers an argument about the shifting status of blasphemy and blasphemous art, into the modern age. The lecture was sponsored by several departments at Lehigh, including religion, philosophy, art, history and the Lehigh University Art Galleries. More ...
Brent Plate
Washington Post Publishes Plate Column
The Washington Post’s “On Faith” blog published “And the Oscar for Best Image of God in a motion picture goes to . . .” on March 4. Written by Visiting Associate Professor of Religion S. Brent Plate, the article will appear in The Washington Post’s print edition shortly. Plate reviewed the films of 2009 and the manner in which they explored the image of the human and the image of God. More ...
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