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ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS IN RELIGIOUS STUDIES

 

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

Jason Ānanda Josephson (Williams College), "The Invention of 'Religion' in Japan," 4:30 p.m., Thursday, October 16, 2014, Riddick Hall, Room 321

Tu Yichao (Fudan University, China and the National Humanities Center), "Billy Graham, American Evangelicals and Sino-American Relations," November 2014, further details to be added

Tulasi Srinivas (Emerson College), Spring 2015, further details to be added

 

Recent Lectures and Events

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

2013/14

Michael Stone (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), "Ancient Jewish Esotericism: Some Reflections," April 28, 2014

Anthony Petro (Boston University), "Protest Religion! ACT UP, AIDS, and the Politics of Religious Freedom," April 10, 2014

Philosophy and Religious Studies Student Awards Reception, March 5, 2014

Heather White (Burke Scholar at Columbia University Theological Library), "The Talking Text: How the Bible Came to Speak about Homosexuality," February 20, 2014

Jolyon Thomas (Princeton), "Manga, Anime, and Religion in Contemporary Japan," November 12, 2013

Ian Ward (University of Maryland), "Solidarity in a Secular Age: Religion, Democracy, and the Work of  Citizenship," September 12, 2013

2012/13

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, 2013

Catherine Higgs (University of Tennessee, Knoxville and National Humanities Center), "Sisters for Justice: Catholic Activism in Apartheid South Africa," March 26, 2013 (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, 2013

Paul Harvey (University of Colorado Colorado Springs), "Suffering Saint: Jesus in the South," October 18, 2012

2011/2012

John Lardas Modern (Franklin and Marshall), "Ghosts: Considerations Pertaining to Life, Love, Happiness, and the Study of Religion," March 14, 2012

Philosophy and Religious Studies Student Awards Reception, February 29, 2012

Eric Greene (California, Berkeley), "Visions of Karma: Meditation and Repentance in Fifth-Century Chinese Buddhism," January 25, 2012

Levi McLaughlin (Wofford and Iowa), "Challenging the Parameters of 'Religion': Considering Sōka Gakkai in Postwar Japan," January 23, 2012

Michael Allen (Harvard), "Can We Think Our Way to Liberation?: Philosophy and Religious Practice in Late Advaita Vedanta," January 18, 2012

Bart Scott (Montana State), "Looking for Luther in Colonial India: On Protestant Hinduism's Technologies of the Soul," January 11, 2012

Jason Stevens (Harvard), "Contending Secularizations: Religion and American Film, 1934-2004," November 3, 2011

William Adler (NC State), "Retelling the Bible in Byzantium," September 15, 2011 (organized by the Middle East Studies Program)

2010/2011

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, 2011

David Morgan (Duke University), "Visual Economies of the Sacred," March 31, 2011

Philosophy and Religious Studies Student Awards Reception, March 16, 2011

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, 2010

Matthew V. Novenson (NC State), "Tradition and Circumstance in Jewish Messianism," September 23, 2010

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