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Screening of Ganden: A Joyful Land

This November, Religious Studies hosted a viewing of Ngawang Choephel’s 2019 film Ganden: A Joyful Land, and a subsequent Q&A with the director.

New Approaches to American Jews and Movie Making During WWII

On Monday, November 7th, Dr. Michael Berkowitz gave a lecture in the Great Hall of the Wren Building on “New Approaches to American Jews and Moviemaking during WWII”. Dr. Berkowitz particularly discussed the role of Leo Rosten and his position as head of the motion picture division of the U.S. Office of Facts and Figures.

"Buying is Believing: Capitalism and Religion in Modern America"

Daniel Vaca (William & Mary '02) gave a lecture Thursday, October 27, on the ways in which capitalism and religion intertwine and have intertwined in America, particularly regarding the rise of evangelicalism and the role that market segmentation played in this.

Ethics, Emotions, and Aesthetics: Insights from Classical India

The English-language term emotions, as it is used today, is only about one hundred and fifty years old. Before it came into use, English speakers used words like passions, humors, affections, or sentiments, none of which exactly capture the meaning of emotions as we conceive of the word today.

Faculty Updates

Religious Studies Faculty Updates Fall 2022

Religious Studies Homecoming Reception

Announcement! Religious Studies alumni and students are invited to a reception in the Wren for Homecoming Weekend.

Introducing Professor Akshay Gupta

The Department of Religious Studies is excited to welcome Visiting Assistant Professor Akshay Gupta.

Out of the Ashes of Holocaust

Dr. Joshua Fishbein showcased his five movement cantata recounting his maternal grandmother’s survival story as a seven-year-old Greek Jew living during the Holocaust, and the family who saved her.

Women in the Rabbinate

Rabbi Esther Lederman, the Union for Reform Judaism's Director of congregational innovation, discussed her work with the Central Conference of American Rabbis' task force on the experience of women in the rabbinate.

"From Gentile Inclusion to Jewish Christianity"

Professor Annette Yoshiko Reed visited from the Skirball Department of Hebrew & Jewish Studies and the Department of Religious Studies at New York University.

The Museum of the Bible: A Symposium

Professors Cavan Concannon and Jill Hicks-Keeton sat down with students to discuss their upcoming book: "Does Scripture Speak for Itself? The Museum of the Bible and the Politics of Interpretation" (Cambridge University Press, Oct 2022).

How Judaism Became a Religion

Professor Leora Batnitzky of Princeton University discussed Judaism's shift towards a more modern notion of "religion."

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Randi Rashkover

Professor Rashkover joined the Religious Studies faculty in the fall of 2020. She is the Director of Judaic Studies and the Sophia and Nathan S. Gumenick Associate Professor of Judaic Studies. She specializes in Jewish philosophy, Jewish-Christian comparative theology, and Jewish political thought.

Faculty Updates

Religious Studies Faculty Updates January 2022