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Academic Study of Religion Club

Through a series of lectures, colloquia, and field trips the Academic Study of Religion Club (ASRC) provides a forum for the discussion of topics and issues related to the study of religion. Events are held on a monthly basis and are open to all students interested in exploring the field of Religious Studies. The president of the club is Courtney Smith and the faculty advisers are Dr. Anna Bigelow and Dr. Levi McLaughlin. The ASRC's home page is at http://ncsu.orgsync.com/org/academicstudyofreligion.


Public Lectures on Religious Studies

The Department sponsors public lectures on a wide range of topics through the Religious Studies Colloquium Series.


Upcoming Lectures and Events

The program for 2014/15 is in preparation.


Recent Lectures and Events

Unless otherwise indicated, lectures listed below were in the Religious Studies Colloquium Series.


Michael Stone (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), "Ancient Jewish Esotericism: Some Reflections," April 28

Anthony Petro (Boston University), "Protest Religion! ACT UP, AIDS, and the Politics of Religious Freedom," April 10

Philosophy and Religious Studies Student Awards Reception, March 5

Heather White (Burke Scholar at Columbia University Theological Library), "The Talking Text: How the Bible Came to Speak about Homosexuality," February 20

Jolyon Thomas (Princeton), "Manga, Anime, and Religion in Contemporary Japan," November 12

Ian Ward (University of Maryland), "Solidarity in a Secular Age: Religion, Democracy, and the Work of  Citizenship," September 12


Edward J. Blum (San Diego State University), " 'He doesn't look a thing like Jesus, but he talks like a gentleman': The Color of Christ in the Twentieth Century of America," April 15

Catherine Higgs (University of Tennessee, Knoxville and National Humanities Center), "Sisters for Justice: Catholic Activism in Apartheid South Africa," March 26 (organized by the International Studies Program and co-sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies)

Philosophy and Religious Studies Student Awards Reception, February 27

Paul Harvey (University of Colorado Colorado Springs), "Suffering Saint: Jesus in the South," October 18


John Lardas Modern (Franklin and Marshall), "Ghosts: Considerations Pertaining to Life, Love, Happiness, and the Study of Religion," March 14

Philosophy and Religious Studies Student Awards Reception, February 29

Eric Greene (California, Berkeley), "Visions of Karma: Meditation and Repentance in Fifth-Century Chinese Buddhism," January 25

Levi McLaughlin (Wofford and Iowa), "Challenging the Parameters of 'Religion': Considering Sōka Gakkai in Postwar Japan," January 23

Michael Allen (Harvard), "Can We Think Our Way to Liberation?: Philosophy and Religious Practice in Late Advaita Vedanta," January 18

Bart Scott (Montana State), "Looking for Luther in Colonial India: On Protestant Hinduism's Technologies of the Soul," January 11

Jason Stevens (Harvard), "Contending Secularizations: Religion and American Film, 1934-2004," November 3

William Adler (NC State), "Retelling the Bible in Byzantium," September 15 (organized by the Middle East Studies Program)


Jennifer Knust (Boston University), "Unprotected Texts: The Bible's Surprising Contradictions about Sex and Desire" (a lecture based on the speaker's recent book, Unprotected Texts), April 20

David Morgan (Duke University), "Visual Economies of the Sacred," March 31

Philosophy and Religious Studies Student Awards Reception, March 16

Sean McCloud (University of North Carolina - Charlotte), "The Depraved, the Degenerate, and the Unevolved: Explaining Religious Preferences in the Age of Eugenics, 1905-1934," November 11

Matthew V. Novenson (NC State), "Tradition and Circumstance in Jewish Messianism," September 23

For a record of earlier lectures and events, please click here.