Did you get a chance to read Professor Callahan's post on "Oceanic Religion" at the Religion in American History Blog the other day?

Congratulations to MA student Jesca Scaevola on being awarded an Ancient Studies Supplemental Stipend by the Ancient Studies Committee!

Professor Signe Cohen has been awarded an Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award for 2013 from the Graduate Student Association.

Video of this year's Religion & Public Life Lecture by Dr. Stephanie Kaza is now available.

Professor Callahan recently discussed the rise of the "religiously unaffiliated," also called the "nones," on KBIA's Intersection program.

This past weekend some of our professors and students attended a conference at Indiana University in Bloomington on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the US Supreme Court's Abington v Schempp decision, which some say marked the beginning of the growth of religious studies in public universities.

Professor Nate Hofer presented a paper at the Middle East Studies Association annual meeting in New Orleans on October 13, 2013. The paper was called: “Abū l-Ḥasan al-Shādhilī and the Institutionalization of Sufi Identity.” He also organized a panel at the conference on the topic of “Rethinking the Consolidation of Sufi Traditions in the Medieva

Religious Studies MA student Abel Gomez participated in an event this week that was related to both Transgender Awareness Week and Native American Heritage Month.

This coming weekend (Nov. 23-26) will be the occasion for the Annual Meetings of the American Academy of Religion (AAR) and the Society for Biblical Literature (SBL) in Baltimore, Maryland. All of our faculty are involved in the AAR/SBL, and several will be participating in the conference:


Kate Kelley took part in the International Association of the Fantastic in the Arts Conference in Orlando, Florida, March 21-25. She presented a paper titled "Reaver Apocalypse: Much Ado about No-thing." Reavers are animalistic humans in the TV show Firefly and film Serenity.