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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


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)


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.