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New & Noteworthy


CFP: February 15, 2016
The Department of Religious Studies is hosting the Eastern International Region/American Academic of Religion Annual Meeting, May 6-7, 2016

March 18, 2016: "Classic Men: Muslim Dandies and the War on Terror," talk by Su'ad Abdul Khabeer, 2:30PM, venue to be announced

March 21, 2016: "The Promises and Problems of Mindfulness: Between Mental Stillness and Mental Illness," talk by James Robosn (Harvard University), 5PM, Lower Lounge, WPU


1160: Jerusalem: History and Imagination
1518: Religion and Ecology
1520: Buddhist Civilization—Buddhism Along the Silk Road
1725: Death in the Healthcare Professions


We welcome Drs. Jeanette Jouili, assistant professor of modern/contemporary Islam, and Benjamin Gordon, Perlow Lecturer of Classical Judaism and the Ancient Near East.


Clark Chilson, Secrecy's Power: Covert Shin Buddhists in Japan and Contradictions of Concealment, Nanzan Library of Asian Religion and Culture (UHP, 2014).

Jeanette S. Jouili, Pious Practice and Secular Constraints: Women in the Islamic Revival in Europe (Stanford, 2015).

Paula Kane, Sister Thorn and Catholic Mysticism in Modern America (UNC Press, 2013). View PODCAST interview with the author.

Rachel Kranson coedits special issue of the Journal of Jewish Identities 8.2 (July 2015) on “Jewish Youth in the Global 1960”

Linda Penkower coedits Hindu Rituals at the Margins: Innovations, Transformations, Reconsiderations (USCP, 2014)

Adam Shear coedits Jewish Culture in Early Modern Europe: Essays in Honor of David B. Ruderman (HUCP/Pitt Press, 2014)


Adam Shear, along with his collaborators, launched the pilot database of Footprints, a long-term digital humanities project that focuses on the circulation of Hebraica and Judaica in early modrn Europe and the Middle East.


Paula Kane, Marous Chair in Contemporary Catholic Studies, promoted to full professor (2015)

Milica Bakić-Hayden promoted to Lecturer 2 (2015)

Rebecca Denova promoted to Lecturer 2 (2014)

Maureen Henderson promoted to Administer 3


Adam Shear wins 2015 Special Initiative to Promote Scholarly Activities in the Humanities for the digital humanities project "Footprints: Jewish Books Through Time And Space."

Rebecca Denova wins 2015 CGS "Students' Choice Award."

Tucker Ferda (doctoral candidate) selected as a 2015 Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) Regional Scholar, which recognizes promising younger scholars in the field of biblical studies. Open to junior faculty and graduate students, Tucker was selected as one of only three Regional Scholars in US and Canada for 2015.

Emily Stewart (PhD student) wins the Best Graduate Student Paper Award, Eastern International Region/American Academy of Religion Annual Conference, 2015, for “Evangelizing the World (Wide Web): Christian Mission in Digital Contexts.”

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