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    • Remembering Helen Mo

      Remembering Helen Mo

      It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Helen Mo, Junior Fellow at Victoria College and PhD candidate in the Department for the Study of Religion. Helen […]

       
    • New Book by DSR Graduate Norman Tobias

      New Book by DSR Graduate Norman Tobias

      DSR Graduate Norman Tobias has recently published Jewish Conscience of the Church: Jules Isaac and the Second Vatican Council with Palgrave Macmillan. This book presents the backstory of how the […]

       
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    • Shafique Virani: Education fights Islamophobia

      Shafique Virani: Education fights Islamophobia

      Professor Shafique Virani argued on CBC’s The National that education is critical to halting Islamophobia.

       
    • Abrahim Khan awarded honorary degree

      Abrahim Khan awarded honorary degree

      Prof. Abrahim Khan (cross-appointed faculty to the Department) was awarded an honorary doctorate from Constatine the Philosopher University in Nitza (UKF), Slovakia. Prof. Khan paid his first visit to UKF […]

       
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    • Matthew Price Saving Climate Change Data

      Matthew Price Saving Climate Change Data

      Matthew Price, instructor of our Religion and Science course, was recently interviewed on Michigan Radio (part of the NPR network) about his work monitoring US governmental websites and their evironmental […]

       
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1609-11 Lincoln Blumwell with Epitaph

BYU Professor Lincoln Blumwell shows of a 3D printed copy of an ancient Hebrew epitaph that he translated.

September 6, 2016

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      Lincoln Blumell translates a 1,700-year-old epitaph

      CNN reports that DSR Graduate Prof. Lincoln Blumell recently translated a 1,700-year-old epitaph written in Greek, which read In peace and blessing Ama Helene, a Jew, who loves the orphans, […]

       
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    • Sanskrit in the News

      Sanskrit in the News

      Prof. Libbie Mills and her Sanskrit courses were recently profile in Toronto’s Desi News. She describes some of the texts her course: It’s beautiful, beautiful stuff, the true beauty of […]

       
    • DSR Graduate Students Win CSSR Essay Contest

      DSR Graduate Students Win CSSR Essay Contest

      Anthony Scott and Sarah Veale recently won the CSSR’s 2015-2016 Graduate Essay Contest. Scott won the PhD award with his essay titled “Bibles in the Badlands: Colonial Dinosaur discoveries and […]

       
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    • DSR Graduate Eva Mroczek Publishes New Book

      DSR Graduate Eva Mroczek Publishes New Book

      DSR Graduate Eva Mroczek just published The Literary Imagination in Jewish Antiquity, her first monograph with Oxford University Press. Mroczek’s book explores how Jews read their texts before the concepts […]

       
    • Graduate Sarah Rollens in the Huffington Post

      Graduate Sarah Rollens in the Huffington Post

      DSR Graduate Sarah Rollens has published a new essay about the early Christian church in the Huffington Post. In her piece, “Going to Church in the Ancient World,” she asks: […]

       
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    • Sarah Kleeb and Shafique Virani present at TedxUTSC

      Sarah Kleeb and Shafique Virani present at TedxUTSC

      Two DSR community members recently gave talks at TEDxUTSC. The theme for this year was “Dare to Know.” Dr. Sarah Kleeb, DSR Graduate and Lecturer (UTSC), spun the topic, wondering […]

       
    • Cheyenne Cameron Receives Brookfield Bronfman Leadership Scholarship

      Cheyenne Cameron Receives Brookfield Bronfman Leadership Scholarship

      DSR Undergraduate wins award for academic and social achievement.

       
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      Prof. Kyle Smith Publishes New Book

      Prof. Kyle Smith has just published a new book Constantine and the Captive Christians of Persia: Martyrdom and Religious Identity in Late Antiquity with University of California Press. Using Greek, […]

       
    • Profs. Srilata Raman and Christoph Emmrich Profiled

      Profs. Srilata Raman and Christoph Emmrich Profiled

      DSR professors Srilata Raman and Christoph Emmrich are both on sabbatical and researching in Pondicherry. Earlier this month, The Hindu intreviewed them about their research and their time there. Below […]

       
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    • Prof. Walid Saleh’s Teaching Praised

      Prof. Walid Saleh’s Teaching Praised

      Recently, UofT News wrote about faculty evaluations. In the article, Undergraduate Edwin White Chacon wrote very highly of Walid Saleh. Read his note below: Read More

       
    • Prof. Valentina Napolitano Publishes New Book

      Prof. Valentina Napolitano Publishes New Book

      Professor Valentina Napolitano‘s new book Migrant Hearts and the Atlantic Return has just been published by Fordham Press. Read a recent review of Napolitano’s book published in Marginalia. Description from […]

       
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    • Kyle Smith Profiled for Teaching Award

      Kyle Smith Profiled for Teaching Award

      Professor Kyle Smith was recently interviewed by UofT News for receiving the university’s Early Career Teaching Award. Smith describes his teaching: No matter what course I am teaching, I make […]

       
    • Richard Last Awarded Banting Postdoc

      Richard Last Awarded Banting Postdoc

      DSR graduate Richard Last (PhD, 2013) has been awarded a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship and will be conducting his research at York University. Last’s project titled The Disappearance of Guilds from […]

       
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    • Stephen Scharper discusses Pope Francis’ visit on Global News

      Stephen Scharper discusses Pope Francis’ visit on Global News

      Professor Stephen Scharper was on The Morning Show this Thursday, September 22, discussing the Pope’s visit to the US. Your browser does not support frames. Click here to view the […]

       
    • Summer 2015 Departmental Newsletter

      Summer 2015 Departmental Newsletter

      Highlights from this issue: Updates from our chair and graduate director; Living Among the First Nations Peoples of Klemtu, BC; Social media in the classroom; the Elements Experiment; Reflections on the Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions’ Symposium; New Directions in Study of the Religion and the Environment; Religion Beat; & DSR Undergraduate, Graduate, and Faculty updates.

       
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      Pamela Klassen’s Work on Public Memory Profiled

      Professor Pamela Klassen’s current research project investigates the religious traditions that influenced and shaped the colonizing process in late-nineteeth century Canada. Recently, the University of Toronto’s Boundless site profiled this […]

       
    • James DiCenso becomes Acting Chair.

      James DiCenso becomes Acting Chair.

      Professor James DiCenso began a one-year term as Acting Chair of the department on July 1st, while Professor John Kloppenborg is on research leave. James served as acting chair from […]

       
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    • Pamela Klassen discusses New Atheism on TVO

      Pamela Klassen discusses New Atheism on TVO

      Professor Pamela Klassen was recently a guest on The Agenda with Steven Paikin, discussing New Atheism. She discussed issues ranging from the lack of women’s voices in this movement to […]

       
    • Two DSR Undergraduates named JHI Undergraduate Fellows

      Two DSR Undergraduates named JHI Undergraduate Fellows

      Two DSR Undergraduate seniors Nicholas Bukowski and Mehreen Zahea Jiwan have been named Jackman Humanities Instituted Fellows for 2015-2016. Each fellow will work on a major senior research project related […]

       
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    • A Note about Elaine Myers, DSR graduate

      On February 19, 2015, DSR graduate Elaine Myers passed away.  Elaine completed her PhD in the department in 2007.  Her dissertation was titled The Ituraeans: Challenging Misconceptions and Evaluating the […]

       
    • Religion Beat starts podcast series

      Religion Beat starts podcast series

      PhD students Judith Ellen Brunton and Christopher Cornthwaite are producing a new podcast series titled  the Religion Beat Radio Hour. Listen to the first episode with guest Patrick Stange. This new podcast is […]

       
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    • Phyllis Airhart named finalist for Canada Prize

      Phyllis Airhart named finalist for Canada Prize

      Phyllis D. Airhart is a finalist for the 2015 Canada Prize in the Humanities.

       
    • Kyle Smith wins Teaching Award

      Kyle Smith wins Teaching Award

      Professor Kyle Smith has won the University of Toronto’s 2015 Early Career Teaching Award. The Provost office awards it to “faculty members who are effective teachers and demonstrate an exceptional commitment to student […]

       
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    • Peter Tsimikalis wins best undergraduate paper

      Peter Tsimikalis wins best undergraduate paper

      Peter Tsimikalis, an undergraduate student in the DSR, was awarded best paper in the category of religion at the North American Undergraduate Conference on Religion and Philosophy.  His paper, titled […]

       
    • Professor Stephen Scharper interviewed on CBC Radio’s The Current

      Professor Stephen Scharper interviewed on CBC Radio’s The Current

      Professor Stephen Scharper was interviewed on the Friday edition of The Current, along with Green Party Head MP Elizabeth May and biologist Dan Riskin.  They discussed if politicians should disclose their personal beliefs. Listen to […]

       
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    • Message Regarding The Strike

      After intensive bargaining between the University and CUPE 3902 Unit 1, the teaching assistants and graduate course instructors who attended a meeting Friday afternoon voted not to send the agreement […]

       
    • Pamela Klassen Wins the Northrop Frye Teaching Award

      Pamela Klassen Wins the Northrop Frye Teaching Award

      Professor Pamela Klassen has won the University of Toronto Alumni Association’s Northrop Frye Award.  This award celebrates faculty members who integrate their research and teaching, helping their students to experience the value […]

       
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      Pamela Klassen Wins Anneliese Maier Research Award

      The Alexander Humboldt Foundation has awarded Professor Pamela Klassen the Anneliese Maier Research Award. This grant of  €250,000 will allow Klassen to develop a collaborative project, over the next five-years, focused on […]

       
    • Research Talks Starting in February

      Research Talks Starting in February

      The Department of Historical Studies at UTM will be hosting a series of research talks. February 23 — 2:15-3:15 PM — Jackman Humanities Building Rm 318 Rebecca Wollenberg, “The People […]

       
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    • Lincoln Blumell with the newly found papyrus, a mere 20 minutes after his discovery.

      DSR Graduate Discovers New Fourth Century Papyrus

      Lincoln Blumell has made a discovery of a new manuscript of the Greek New Testament in the Cadbury Research Library of the University of Birmingham. His discovery brings the number […]

       
    • Walid Saleh Interviewed about Sunni and Shia Tensions

      Walid Saleh Interviewed about Sunni and Shia Tensions

      The Daily Brew (Yahoo! Canada News) interviewed Walid Salah in an article outlining some the historical and cultural context of the Sunni-Shia divide…

       
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    • Navigating the topics...

      Great success for The Elements Experiment conference

      The Elements Experiment held its inaugural conference on October 25, 2014, at the University of Toronto’s Multi-Faith centre. Seventy young adults from across the country came together to discuss the […]

       
    • Keystone Pipeline

      Keystone Pipeline

      Stephen Scharper discusses the backlash and support factors behind the Keystone XL pipeline.

       
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    • Shafique Virani wins American Academy of Religion’s Excellence in Teaching Award

      Shafique Virani wins American Academy of Religion’s Excellence in Teaching Award

      The Teaching and Learning Committee of the American Academy of Religion has announced Shafique N. Virani as the recipient of the 2014 Excellence in Teaching Award. Virani is Distinguished Professor […]

       
    • Fethullah Gulen and Hizmet (aka the Gulen Movement)

      Fethullah Gulen and Hizmet (aka the Gulen Movement)

      Dr. Reid B. Locklin on the Hizmet Movement

       
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    • Crack cocaine and religion: inside Guatemala’s Christian rehab centres

      Crack cocaine and religion: inside Guatemala’s Christian rehab centres

      Families pay pastors and churches to intern an estimated 6,000 addicts. A U of T News feature article on Kevin O’Neill’s work. The following article is reproduced in full from […]

       
    • Arts graduates are best prepared for the unexpected

      Arts graduates are best prepared for the unexpected

      Today’s students and those who support them are understandably anxious about which school to attend and what to study when they get there.

       
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    • The DSR’s latest PhDs

      The DSR’s latest PhDs

      Friday, September 26, 2014 saw Ryan Stoner‘s Final Oral Exam defence. The title of his dissertation is “A Sacrifice of Time: Work, Worship and the Experience of Sabbath in Ancient […]

       
    • Amira Mittermaier named to Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars

      Amira Mittermaier named to Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars

      Congratulations to Amira Mittermaier, who will be inducted into the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists at the RSC Annual General Meeting in November. She is the only member […]

       
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    • John Kloppenborg elected Fellow of Royal Society of Canada

      John Kloppenborg elected Fellow of Royal Society of Canada

      We are delighted to announce that our department chair, John Kloppenborg, has just been named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

       
    • Congratulations, Dr Kaden!

      Congratulations, Dr Kaden!

      We are delighted to mark David Kaden’s successful Final Oral Exam defence on Friday, September 5. The title of his dissertation is “Law and Power: Matthew, Paul, and the Anthropology […]

       
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    • Addict in one of Guatemala’s Christian rehabilitation centres. BBC Copyright.

      BBC World Service features Kevin O’Neill’s work

      Professor Kevin O’Neill’s expertise and assistance to the ‘Assignment’ programme makers features prominently in the episode Guatemala’s Addicts Behind Bars. The last decade has seen a dramatic increase in cocaine trafficking through Guatemala …

       
    • DSR contingent at Tübingen summer workshop

      DSR contingent at Tübingen summer workshop

      This past July faculty members Dr. Pamela Klassen and Dr. Simon Coleman took graduate students to Tübingen, Germany to participate in the “Scales of Value: Intersections of Religion, Economy, and Law” workshop…

       
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    • DSR faculty receive Mellon Sawyer grant

      DSR faculty receive Mellon Sawyer grant

      Congratulations to Karen Ruffle, Walid Saleh, and Ajay Rao, who have received a Mellon Sawyer Seminar grant for the next two years. A call is now out for graduate fellows as […]

       
    • Religious Genealogies of Contemporary South Asia Reading Group

      Religious Genealogies of Contemporary South Asia Reading Group

      You are invited to join a discussion of the “poetic imagination” of the city as proposed by one of the most creative and influential anthropologists of Nepal. For having this reading group accredited as an independent reading course…

       
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    • Congratulations to our newest PhDs!

      Congratulations to our newest PhDs!

      The DSR’s latest PhDs joined us for a celebration cake – congratulations to all, from all.  

       
    • Religion & Society Essay Competition

      Religion & Society Essay Competition

      Whiteboard is holding an essay competition for students who have written, or would like to write, an essay on the topic of “Religion and Society.” The deadline for this competition […]

       
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    • Whiteboard social networking site launched for undergraduates

      Whiteboard social networking site launched for undergraduates

      Last night’s Whiteboard Meet & Greet was a great success! Students and professors from the Religion and History departments celebrated the launch of the academically-oriented social networking site for U […]

       
    • Anti-Hagiography and Public Controversy in Colonial South India

      Anti-Hagiography and Public Controversy in Colonial South India

      Lecture given by Professor Srilata Raman of the University of Toronto. Presented at the University of Chicago’s South Asia Seminar.

       
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    • Prof. Pamela Klassen; Ms. Gaye Trombley; Prof. John S. Kloppenborg; Prof. Leslie Hayes; Ms. Barbara Track

      The Jane Trombley Undergraduate Scholarship, and The Jane Trombley Graduate Scholarship in the Department for the Study of Religion

      The department is pleased to announce that, through the generosity of Gaye Trombley and in memory of her sister, Jane Trombley, two new scholarships have been established for students in […]

       
    • Six Doctoral Dissertation Defences in Less Than Three Weeks

      Six Doctoral Dissertation Defences in Less Than Three Weeks

      The Department for the Study of Religion would like to congratulate the students below for successfully defending their  dissertations. We also thank their supervisors and committee members for the support […]

       
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    • Religion in the Public Sphere at U of T

      Religion in the Public Sphere at U of T

      What is religion in the public sphere? An overview from Professors Pamela Klassen and Simon Coleman.

       
    • Pentecostalism, Poverty and Power

      Pentecostalism, Poverty and Power

      Professor Ruth Marshall speaks at Duke Divinity School’s Religions and Public Life series.

       
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    • Spring Newsletter, 2012-13

      Spring Newsletter, 2012-13

      From the Acting Chair, James DiCenso After serving as Chair from 2002 to 2007, I spent the next five years, besides teaching and working with graduate students, mainly hunkered down […]

       
    • University of Toronto and Columbia Libraries Launch Tibetan Studies Partnership

      University of Toronto and Columbia Libraries Launch Tibetan Studies Partnership

      MEDIA RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE from the UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO January 22, 2013 TORONTO, ON – An international collaboration between the University of Toronto and Columbia University’s research libraries will […]

       
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    • DSR celebrates PhD graduates at November convocation

      The Department was well represented at the afternoon convocation ceremony on Friday November 15, 2013. Our Chair, John Kloppenborg, served as the Beadle and carried in the ceremonial mace, and […]

       
    • End of Days: Mayan Prophecy 1212

      Professor John Marshall reflects on what it is about the end of the world that keeps us wanting more.

       
    • Department for the Study of Religion mourns the loss of Devanathan Jagannathan

      It is with great sadness that we convey the tragic news of the loss of one of our doctoral students, Devanathan Jagannathan. Devanathan passed away this past weekend of natural […]

       
    • James DiCenso is Acting Chair of Religion for 2012-13

      After serving as Chair of Religion during 2002-2007, James DiCenso is returning as Acting Chair for 2012-13. DiCenso takes over from John Kloppenborg, who has completed a five year term […]

       
    • Spring Newsletter, 2011-12

      From the Chair, John Kloppenborg As you’ll read, 2011-12 has been an exceptionally active year for the Department for the Study of Religion. Our faculty continue to win top honours […]

       
    • Joseph O’Connell

      Prof. Joseph (Joe) O’Connell, professor emeritus of Hinduism at the Department for the Study of Religion, and long-time associate of St. Michael’s College, passed away on Sunday 6 May at […]

       
    • Opening the T. Nicholas Schonhoffer Library

      On Tuesday 24 April, at 2 pm, we will officially open the T. Nicholas Schonhoffer Collection in room 213 at the Department. The family and friends of Nicholas have graciously […]

       
    • New issue of Symposia journal published

      The new issue of Symposia, the journal of the Department for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto, publishing in this volume articles related to the theme of […]

       
    • MS13: Street Gang Ethnography

      Professor Kevin O’Neill on the ethnography of the MS13 street gang.

       
    • City of God: Christian citizenship in post-war Guatemala

      Professor Kevin O’Neill discusses Christian citizenship in post-war Guatemala.

       
    • Spring Newsletter, 2010-11

      From the Chair, John Kloppenborg 2010-11 has been an exciting year! In July we welcomed Simon Coleman, the fifth Chancellor Jackman Chair to be appointed by the U of T. […]

       
    • Undergraduates appointed Jackman Fellows

      The Jackman Humanities Institute has appointed six Undergraduate Fellows for 2011-2012, and two of these are Religion majors. JHI Undergraduate Fellows are linked with faculty fellows who supervise the students’ […]

       
    • Islam and the Bible

      Professor Walid Saleh was recently featured in the U of T Magazine, with a story on his research into medieval Arabic translations of the Bible.  Journalist John Lorinc explains how […]

       
    • New and upcoming books on Islam

      In celebration of new and upcoming books on Islam by three of our faculty, join us on Wednesday, March 9th, from 5-7 pm, at the University of Toronto Arts Centre, […]

       
    • Students and faculty headed for Germany

      Eleven Ph.D. students will be traveling to Germany in February 2011, with the support of a DAAD Study Tour Grant. Profs. Amira Mittermaier and Pamela Klassen will be leading the […]

       
    • Ruth Marshall on Spiritual Warfare

      Assistant Professor Ruth Marshall‘s 2009 book, pictured at right, has already received rave reviews. Jean-François Bayart, of the French National Center for Scientific Research, writes, “This is one of the […]

       
    • Kevin O’Neill on Two Ways Out

      With support from The Wenner Gren Foundation, the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Kevin O’Neill is pursuing fieldwork for a new book, tentatively […]

       
    • Shafique Virani wins OCUFA Teaching Award

      Three U of T faculty members received recognition from the Ontario Confederation of Faculty Associations for their skills in the classroom. Professors Susan McCahan of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Shafique […]

       
    • Planning for the Dead Sea Scrolls

      By Eva Mroczek Before I entered graduate school, I imagined the life of a scholar to be cerebral and solitary and expected to spend days locked in a library pouring […]

       
    • Research Partnerships Program

      In the Department for the Study of Religion’s new Research Partnership Program, seven undergraduates and Master’s Degree students are working with faculty and senior graduate students on their research. East […]

       
    • Testing Methods and Teaching Islam

      By Shaftolu Gulamadov I worked this year as RA for Shafique Virani, assisting with his courses at the UTM campus. Virani is a lively and inspirational teacher of Islamic history […]

       
    • Doctoral Student Joins Translation Team

      Doctoral student Bryan Levman participated in a three week workshop at the Mangalam Centre in Berkeley, California, on translating the recently discovered Sanskrit edition of the Vimalakirtinirdesa sutra (discovered in […]

       
    • Jain Studies in India

      By Sean Hillman Since returning from the International Summer School for Jain Studies in India, the end of which had me giving my first paper presentation ever on “Jain Voluntary […]

       
    • Media, Communication & Engagement

      Stephen Scharper: professor, and journalist and columnist

       
    • The 32 Signs of the Buddha: Medical Considerations

      By Stella Sandahl I had the pleasure of supervising Dr. Oleg Bendz’s MA thesis, which was completed last year in the Dept. of East Asian Studies, on the 32 signs […]

       
    • Democracy’s Gift: Politics, anxiety, and hope in the 21st century

      Professor Mark Kingwell in a critical discussion about the future of democracy

       
    • Zoroastrianism

      Professor Enrico G. Raffaelli on the ancient Iranian religion and religious philosophy

       
    • Troubled Times for the Catholic Church

      Stephen Scharper joins a discussion considering whether the Catholic Church has a credibility crisis

       
    • Islamic Law and Development

      Professor Mohammed Fadel lectures on Islamic law and development in the Gulf states

       
    • In Defense of Religious Liberty

      Professor David Novak discusses his new book on religious liberty

       
    • About the Study of Religion

      Professor Shafique Virani on the topics, people and places that make up the academic stufy of religion.

       
    • Visiting the Dead Sea Scrolls

      This Year at the Centre for Jewish Studies By Tim Langille The 2009-10 academic year has been an eventful one for the Centre for Jewish Studies. The first event of […]

       
    • Graduate student-faculty research partnerships in Religion

      On top of their regular coursework, many CSR students are conducting exciting and original research in collaboration with faculty. Doctoral candidate Sarah Rollens, for example, pictured,  is one of several […]

       
    • Concrete Reveries: Consciousness and The City

      Mark Kingwell presents the inaugural lecture of the Advanced Institute for Globalization and Culture