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.
The Department sponsors public lectures on a wide range of topics through the Religious Studies Colloquium Series.
The speaker program for 2016/17 is in preparation.
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
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
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
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)
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.