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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 Aaron Davis and the faculty advisers are Dr. Jason Bivins and Dr. Levi McLaughlin. The club's website is here.


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 speaker program for 2016/17 is in preparation.

Recent Lectures and Events

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


Religion and Politics in America and Across the Globe: Perspectives from Leading Analysts: a public forum on the impact of religion, April 14, 2016. The speakers were Dr. Robert P. Jones, CEO of Public Religion Research Institute, and Dr. Douglas M. Padgett, unit leader for the Middle East in the U.S. Department of State Office of International Religious Freedom.

Philosophy and Religious Studies Student Awards Reception, March 2, 2016

Verena Kasper-Marienberg (University of Graz, Austria), "Who Gets the Best Fish? Jewish-Christian Conflicts in 18th Century Frankfurt," February 11, 2016

Emanuel Fiano (Duke), "The Rise and Fall of 'Jewish Christianity'," February 2, 2016

Rachel M. Lindsey (Washington University in St. Louis), "A Communion of Shadows: Religion and Photography in Nineteenth-Century America," November 18, 2015

William Adler (NC State), "Edessa and the Creation of a Christian Aristocracy," October 15, 2015

Flagg Miller (UC Davis), "The Audacious Ascetic: Sounding Out Insurgency through Osama bin Laden's Audiotape Collection," September 16, 2015 (Co-sponsored by the Laboratory for Analytical Sciences, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies)


Tulasi Srinivas (Emerson College), "Forging Faith: Ritual Creativity, Wonder and Ethical Inquiry in Contemporary India," April 16, 2015

Helen Dixon (NC State - History), "Into the Houses of Baal: Reassessing the Evidence for Phoenecian Religious Practice in the Iron Age Levant," April 15, 2015

Jason Sturdevant (NC State), "The First Christian Superheroes: Reading the Second and Third Century Acts of the Apostles," March 25, 2015

Philosophy and Religious Studies Student Awards Reception, March 4, 2015

John Corrigan (Florida State University and the National Humanities Center), "American Christians and the Feeling of Emptiness," February 12, 2015

Tu Yichao (Fudan University, China and the National Humanities Center), "Billy Graham, American Evangelicals and Sino-American Relations," November 12, 2014

Jason Ānanda Josephson (Williams College), "The Invention of 'Religion' in Japan," October 16, 2014

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