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In a film of the “Indian Sign Language Council of 1930” made by the U.S. Department of the Interior, Mountain Chief, a Piegan signer of Plains Indian Sign Language tells a story of buffalo being driven over a bluff.
Fox Tree Gives Papers at Linguistics Conference in Boston

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Erich Fox Tree presented two co-authored papers on Native American sign languages during the annual winter meetings of the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas, which took place in Boston on Jan. 3-6.  More ...

Abhishek Amar
Amar Presents at AAR Conference

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Abhishek Amar participated on the panel, "Excavating Layers of Sacred Landscape," at the AAR Conference in Chicago in November.  More ...

S. Brent Plate
Plate Participates in AAR and SBL Meetings

Visiting Associate Professor of Religious Studies S. Brent Plate participated in the annual meetings of the American Academy of Religion (AAR) and the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) held Nov. 17-20 in Chicago.  More ...

John Ragosta
Would Jefferson Have Opposed Thanksgiving?

Visiting Assistant Professor of History John Ragosta pondered the question of whether President Thomas Jefferson would have opposed the official Thanksgiving holiday in an invited column on the University of Virginia Thoughts from the Lawn blog that appeared on Nov. 5. Ragosta is the author of the forthcoming book Religious Freedom: Jefferson’s Legacy, America’s Creed.  More ...

Heidi Ravven
Ravven Attends Psychoanalytic Meeting

Professor of Religious Studies Heidi M. Ravven attended the Vermont Association for Psychoanalytic Studies 2012 Scientific Meeting on Nov. 3, in Stowe, Vt. Ravven participated in a small group discussion led by Sharon Dennett, chair of the International Institute for Psychoanalytic Training.  More ...

S. Brent Plate
Plate Presents Paper in Copenhagen

Visiting Associate Professor of Religious Studies S. Brent Plate participated in several contexts at the 16th Biennial Conference for the International Society for Religion, Literature and Culture held Oct. 19-21 in Copenhagen. Plate presented a work-in-progress titled “Celebrating the Celluloid, Celestial City: The Presence and Absence of Sacred Space on Film.”  More ...

Heidi Ravven
Ravven Attends International Neuroethics Society Meeting

Professor of Religious Studies Heidi M. Ravven attended the annual meeting of the International Neuroethics Society Oct. 11 – 12 in New Orleans, La.  More ...

S. Brent Plate
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 ...

Heidi Ravven
Ravven’s Research the Basis of New Book Chapter

The extensive research of Heidi Ravven, professor of religious studies, on the relationship between the philosophy of the 12th century philosopher Moses Maimonides and that of the 17th century philosopher Baruch Spinoza is the subject of a chapter in a new book, Maimonides and Spinoza: Their Conflicting Views of Human Nature (University of Chicago, 2012) by Joshua Parens.  More ...

Heidi Ravven
Ravven Publishes in American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience

Heidi Ravven, professor of religious studies, has published “Rethinking Moral Agency via the New Brain Sciences and Spinoza” in American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience (AJOB Neuroscience). Volume 3, Issue 3:3.  July-September 2012.  More ...

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