Thanks to the generous donations from our friends and alumni*, the department is able to sponsor lecture series and host events for our concentrators. Here are highlights from our 2008/09 schedule:
09/24/08: Lox, Stock & Bagel Breakfast for Religious Studies faculty, majors and minors.
09/24/08: "Magical Mystery Tour: Mysticism" featuring Professors Morreall, Raphael, Sonn, and Vose for Religious Studies Majors and Minors.
10/29/08: Lox, Stock & Bagel Breakfast for Religious Studies faculty, majors and minors.
10/29/08: "Politics and Religion: A Recipe for Discussion" featuring Professors Fitzgerald, Holmes, and Raphael for Religious Studies Majors and Minors.
11/04-06/08: Wendy Zierler, Professor, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, New York. Five lectures on Feminism and Modern Jewish Literature.
11/18/08: Danny Zemel, Rabbi, Temple Micah, Washington DC. "American Reform Jewish Thought Today"
11/20/08: Jeffrey Gurock, Professor, Yeshiva University, New York, NY. "Varieties of American Orthodoxy Today"
12/02/08: William D. Rudolph, Rabbi, Congregation Beth El, Bethesda, MD. "American Conservative Jewish Thought Today"
02/11/09: Elizabeth Currans, Visiting Professor, College of William and Mary. "Thinking About Belief & Emotions: A Tentative Explanation"
02/19/09: Eric Goldstein, Assoc. Professor, Emory University, Atlanta, GA. "Jewish Immigrants: A Mirror of American Modernity, North and South"
02/25/09: Lunch for Religious Studies faculty, majors and minors.
03/17-20/09: Millicent Marcus, Professor and Chair, Yale University, New Haven, CT. Five lectures on Italian cinema.
03/23/09: Abdulaziz Sachedina, Professor, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA. "Suffering and Healing in Islam"
03/25/09: Lunch for Religious Studies faculty, majors and minors.
04/09/09: Jerome Creach, Professor, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Pittsburgh, PA. "Holy War in the Bible"
04/29/09: Dinner honoring the Religious Studies graduates of 2009.
05/08/09: Robert Leventhal, Assoc. Professor, College of William and Mary, "Community, Memory and Shifting Jewish Identities in Contemporary Germany: The Case of Munich, 1989 to the Present"
*June 08-June 09 Alumni donors: W. Bangel, J. Bateman, A. Bevis, E. Berley, C. Borsari, W. Bossin, B. Bromley, B. Brown, N. Chinworth, J. & P. Comey, V. Irby, E. Jackson, J. Junker, A. Kowalski, K. Kranzberg, J. Morgan, K. Nelson, S. Page, M. Poteet, F. Reynolds, L. Reynolds, S. Schworer, M. & B. Soffin, D. Sumerlin, K. Toker, J. Waller, and D. & D. Willson