Events


2017

On Thursday, April 6, Dr. Winnifred Fallers Sullivan of Indiana University will be delivering our 9th Annual Distinguished Lecture in Religion and Public Life. The title of her talk is “Death-Qualifying the Jury, Constituting the People." Free and open to the public at 7:30pm in Jesse Wrench Auditorium in Memorial Union.

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A Time to Listen: Antisemitism, Islamophobia, and the Mizzou Community. The Department of Religious Studies will be hosting a Town Hall Forum on Tuesday, March 14, in A&S 113, starting at 6pm. Free and open to students, faculty, and the public. Please come by!

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2016

Prof. Nate Hofer will be speaking at the College of Education about diversity and his research. The talk is on Thursday, Sept. 1, 11am-12pm in Townsend 220 (The Bridge).

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The Religious Studies Majors’ Dinner will take place at 7:00pm on Thursday, April 28. Please contact the Department for details.


2015

Professor Signe Cohen will be presenting a talk for the MU Honors College's "Speaking of Culture" series on Sunday, September 20. The title of her talk is "Romancing the Robot: Humans, Machines, and Doomed Romance in Ancient Buddhist Robot Tales." This series is free and open to the public! The event takes place at Orr Street Studies, 106 Orr Street in downtown Columbia. More information here: http://speakingofculture.missouri.edu


This year’s Paine Lecture Series has been announced!

October 16, 2015
Dr. Kelly E. Hayes, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University
“Intergalactic Space-Time Travelers: Envisioning the New Age in Brazil’s Valley of the Dawn”

November 6, 2015
Dr. Kathleen Kennedy, Associate Professor of English at Penn State Brandywine
“The Puzzle of Abbot Islip’s Book, Tudor Pop Music, and King Henry’s Lady Chapel”

March 11, 2016
Dr. John Schmalzbauer, Blanche Gorman Strong Chair in Protestant Studies in the Religious Studies Department at Missouri State University
“The Unsecular Campus: The Diversification of Student Religious Life in America”

April 19, 2016
Dr. Brannon Ingram, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Northwestern University
“Of Books and Bodies: Economies of Knowledge in Modern Islam”

All Paine Lectures are free and open to the public.


Prof. Anna Bigelow from North Carolina State University will present a talk titled “Everyday Secularism: Sufi Shrines and Interreligious Devotion in Modern India” on Friday, April 10, at 3pm in 42 Cornell Hall. This talk is free and open to the public.


Dr. Davíd Carrasco of Harvard University will be presenting the Seventh Annual Distinguished Lecture on Religion and Public Life on April 7, 2015 at 7:30 pm in Tate Hall 22. The title of his talk will be “Borderlands, Migrant Saints, Sacred Bundles: Latinos and the Remaking of American Religiosity.” The talk is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a reception with books available for purchase.

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Dr. John Modern of Franklin & Marshall College will be speaking about “Adventures in the Religion Machine: Scientology, Structuralism, and William S. Burroughs” at 3pm on Friday, February 27 in 42 Cornell Hall. Free and open to the public.


2014

Mizzou's own Dr. Carrie Duncan is giving the next Saturday Morning Science lecture on November 8, 10:30 am in the Monsanto Auditorium, Bond Life Sciences Center. Dr. Duncan's talk is titled "What's Beneath the Sand? Excavating the Fortress at Ayn Gharandal, Jordan" Come find out what was life like as a Roman soldier on the Empire's eastern edge, Excavations at Gharandal uncover exciting and surprising finds beneath the sand. http://satscience.missouri.edu/schedule.php


Laurie Maffly-Kipp, Distinguished Professor in the Humanities,  Washington University in St Louis will present a Paine Lecture titled "'Practice Makes Perfect': Mormons and the Politics of Cultural Representation" on October 20, 2014 at 4:30 in Cornell 42.


Jill Peterfeso, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies  Guilford College, will present a Paine Lecture titled “Woman Priest:  the 21st Century Ordination of Women in Roman Catholicism” in Tate Hall, Room 110 on October 13, 2014 at 4:30.


Brad Crowell, Associate Professor of Religion, Drake University, will present a Paine Lecture titled “King Solomon, An Emperor without an Empire:  Toward a Postcolonial Historiography of Ancient Israel.”  This will take place on September 24, 2014 beginning at 4:30 in 42 Cornell Hall.  This is free and open to the public.


Dr. Edward Linenthal, Professor of History, Indiana University, Editor, Journal of American History, will present the Sixth Annual Distinguished Lecture on Religion and Public Life on April 28 at 7:30pm in Fischer Auditorium, Gannett Hall. The title of his talk will be "The Predicament of Aftermath: Oklahoma City and 9/11." This event is free and open to the public. See flyer here.


Dr. Kathryn Lofton, Professor of Religious Studies, American Studies, History and Divinity, Yale University will present a Paine Lecture titled “Do Not Tamper With The Clues: What The Goldman Sachs Group Can Tell Us About Religion” on Thursday, March 13, at 3:30 pm in Physics Room 114. The talk is free and open to the public.


Dr. Michael J. Zogry, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Director Indigenous Studies Program, University Kansas will present a Paine Lecture titled “Religion & Basketball: Naismith’s Game” on Tuesday, March 4, at 4pm in Arts and Science Room 104. The talk is free and open to the public.


Professor Nate Hofer will be presenting a talk titled "The 'District 9' of Medieval Sufism: Sufi Immigration in 13th Century Alexandria" on Wednesday, February 12, from noon to 1pm in Memorial Union S110. The talk is sponsored by the Chancellor's Diversity Initiative.


2013

Karline McLain, Associate Professor of Religion at Bucknell University, will be presenting a lecture titled "Hindu Godman, Muslim Saint, Bollywood Hero: The Afterlife of Shirdi Sai Baba" on Thursday, Sept. 12, at 3:30 in 316 Strickland Hall. Free and open to the public.


The department's Graduate Student Orientation will take place on Friday, August 16 from 2-4pm in room 312A of the Arts & Science Building.


Dr. Stephanie Kaza, Professor of Environmental Studies, will present the Fifth Annual Distinguished Lecture on Religion and Public Life on April 18 at 7:30pm in Fischer Auditorium, Gannett Hall. The title of her talk will be "Responding to Environmental Challenges: Insights from Zen Buddhism." This event is free and open to the public. See flyer here.


Dr. Nate Hofer will be lecturing on "Islamophobia, the New Atheism, and the Politics of Tolerance" for the MU Dialogue Club on Tuesday, April 16, from 6-8pm in the Benton Bingham Ballroom on the second floor of Memorial Union North. Pizza and refreshments will be served.


Dr. Erin Darby of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville will present a Paine Lecture titled “Digging the Divine? Female Figurines and the Archaeology of Israelite Religion” on Tuesday, March 19, at 5pm in Middlebush 310. The talk is free and open to the public.


Dr. Carrie Duncan will be presenting a talk as part of the Saturday Morning Science series titled “What Makes a Place Sacred?” This talk explores the creation of sacred space by Jews and Christians in the ancient world. The religious effects might be obvious, but what are the social and political effects of creating such space? The event will be in the Monsanto Auditorium of the Bond Life Sciences Center at 10:30 am on March 9. http://satscience.missouri.edu/


Dr. Anne Blankenship, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Danforth Center on Religion & Politics at Washington University in St. Louis, will present a Paine Lecture titled "Before the Civil Rights Movement: Christian Responses to the Incarceration of Japanese Americans." The talk will be in A&S 236 at 5pm, February 5 and is free and open to the public.


2012

Religious Studies Majors, Minors, and allies! Please join us in our Religious Studies Majors Celebration on December 6, from 5-7pm in A&S 233. Pizza and beverages will be provided.


Dr. Dennis Kelley will present "Looking East from Plymouth: The Wampanoag and the 'First Thanksgiving'" November 8, 2012 at 12 p.m. in the Ellis Library Colonnade. This is event is sponsored by the MU Libraries Diversity Action Committee in honor of Native American Heritage Month.


Dr. Virginia Blanton, of English and Religious Studies at UMKC, will be presenting a public lecture titled “Detectives in the Archives: Narrating the Backstory of a Medieval Manuscript” on Friday, November 2. The talk will be 4-5 pm in Pickard 106. A reception will follow in the adjacent Cast Gallery. Hosted by the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program.


Dr. Bob Baum will be presenting a talk titled "Freedom of Expression, Freedom from Sacrilege, and Enduring Tensions between Islam and the West," sponsored by the MU Dialogue Club on Thursday, November 1, 2012, 6:00 pm, Memorial Union S206.


Dr. Philip Clart, Professor of Chinese Studies at University of Leipzig (and formerly of Mizzou) will be presenting a lecture titled "'Religious Ecology' as a New Model for the Study of Religious Diversity in China" on October 25th, 2012, at 5:00 pm in Arts & Science Building room 310.


Dr. Signe Cohen will be presenting a lecture titled “Darshan: Hindu Art and the Religious Gaze" as part of the Museum Lecture Series on Thursday, October 11, 2012, 5:30 pm, Pickard Hall Auditorium. A reception will follow in the Cast Gallery.


Dr. John Llewellyn, Professor of the Religious Studies Department, Missouri State University will be giving a public lecture titled "Saints and Society in South Asia: Caste and Gender in Two Hindu Hagiographies" on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 3:30 p.m. Arts and Science Building room 1.