May 2, 2017 - 2:00 p.m.
Wilson Hall 301

Prof. Sarah Azaransky will speak on May 2 at 2 p.m. in Wilson Hall 301 on her new book,The Worldwide Struggle: Religion and the International Roots of the Civil Rights Movement.

Sponsored by the Project on Lived Theology

April 28, 2017 - 3:15 - 5:00 pm
Monroe 124

The Nelson Lectures on Southest Asia

Dr. Julia Cassanti, Assistant Professor, Washington State University

"Ghostly Affects: Emotions and Subjectivity in Contemporary Thai Buddhist Mindfulness"

April 27, 2017 - 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Gibson 441

VCAR EVENT: April 27 - Samira Mehta. Department of Religious Studies, Albright College. Research talk. Gibson 441, 12:00–1:00 PM.

April 20, 2017 - 3:00–4:30
Nau 342

Thursday, April 20, 3:00-4:30 p.m. in Nau 342

Joel Marcus

Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins, Duke Divinity School

Title: TBA

with a response by

Tobias Nicklas

Professor of New Testament, University of Regensburg

April 3, 2017 - 4:00–5:30 p.m.
Wilson 301

Prof. Maria Massi Dakake (George Mason University) will deliver a lecture on Islamic contemplative practice in the context of Sufism, entitled “Encountering the Divine through His Most Beautiful Names.”

April 3, 2017 - 10:30 a.m.
Monroe 134

Prof. Maria Massi Dakake (George Mason University) will give a lecture entitled “Is the Qur’an an Open Book? The Qur’anic Signs (ayat) and their Interpretation (ta’wil)”

March 30, 2017 - 4:00 p.m.
NAU 441

“Sanskrit Masnavis and Shaiva Sufism: Translating Jami's Yusuf wa Zulaikha in Sultanate Kashmir”

Dr. Luther Obrock (Lecturer in Sanskrit, Department of South Asia Studies, University of Pennsylvania)

Thursday, March 30th at 4:00pm in Nau Hall #441

March 20, 2017 - 12:00–1:00
Gibson 441

Erin Galgay Walsh, Doctoral Candidate, Duke University

Monday, March 20, 12:00-1:00, Gibson 441

Title: TBA

March 15, 2017 - 4:00PM
NAU 211

Dan Hirshberg will speak on “Himalayan Syncretism and the Emergence of Padmasambhava as Rdo rje gro lod” on March 15th at 4pm in NAU 211. He is Assistant Professor of Religion and Director of the Contemplative Studies Program at the University of Mary Washington. This event is co-sponsored by the East Asia Center and the Tibet Center.

March 14, 2017 - 2:00 p.m.
Wilson Hall 301

“Do Guns Make Us Free? A Christian Critique”, by Prof. Firmin DeBrabander, professor of philosophy, Maryland Institute College of Art; March 14 at 2 p.m. in Wilson Hall 301 (based on his recent book, Do Guns Make Us Free? Democracy and the Armed Society, John Hopkins University Press). Sponsored by the Project on Lived Theology.

February 28, 2017 - 2:00 p.m.
Wilson Hall 301

Larycia Hawkins, Abd el-Kader Visiting Faculty Fellow at UVA's Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, will give a lecture entitled "The Mountaintop as the Valley of the Shadow: Martin Luther King,Jr. and Prophetic Visions from Below" at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 28th in Wilson Hall 301. This event is sponsored by the Project on Lived Theology.

February 23, 2017 - 4:30PM
Wilson 402

“Ain’t I a Womanist? Black Women and Biblical Interpretation”

with Nyasha Junior


February 23, 4:30PM  Wilson 402

Professor Nyasha Junior, Temple University, Department of Religion

February 17, 2017 - 3:15PM
Monroe Hall 124

“Other People's Philology:

Uses of Sanskrit in Tibet and China, 15th–18th centuries.”

Professor Matthew Kapstein

(Directeur d'études, École Pratique des Hautes Études and Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies, University of Chicago)

Friday, February 17th


Monroe Hall 124

February 10, 2017 - 1:30 p.m.
Dome Room, The Rotunda

February 2, 2017 - 4:00 pm
NAU 342

“Religiously Egalitarian, Socially Conservative:

Rethinking the Social Ideals of Early Kannada Śivabhakti”

Professor Gil Ben-Herut

(Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies, University of South Florida)

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017


Nau Hall, Room #342

January 17, 2017 - 5:00 PM
NAU 342

Klaus-Dieter Mathes will present on “A Fine Blend of Mahāmudrā and Madhyamaka: Maitrīpa’s Collection of Works on Non-conceptual Realization” at 5pm on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 in Nau 342. Professor Mathes is head of the Department of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies at the University of Vienna.

December 7, 2016 - 5:00 PM
NAU 101

The Virginia Center for the Study of Religion (VCSR) is hosting a special event: six distinguished speakers will discuss the intersection of religion and politics, followed by an open discussion with questions from the audience.

Wednesday December 7, 2016, 5-6:30 PM, Nau 101

December 5, 2016 - 12:00 pm
NAU 342

Christine Luckritz Marquis, Assistant Professor of Church History at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, will present a paper titled "Failure and Forgetting: Ascetics, the Egyptian Desert, and the Serapeum."


November 11, 2016 - 7:00 PM
NAU Hall 101
October 28, 2016 - 10:00 am–12:00 pm / 2:30–4:30 pm
NAU 342


On Friday, October 28, the Luce Project on Religion and Its Publics, funded by the Henry Luce Foundation, will host Elizabeth Bucar, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Northeastern University, for a manuscript workshop on her current book project: Pious Fashion: The Gendered Politics of Muslim Women's Dress (see description below).

October 24, 2016 - 12:00 pm
Nau 342

A Workshop with Stephanie Cobb, the George and Sallie Cutchin Camp Professor of Bible at the Univeristy of Richmond, will lead a discussion centered on her most book project: Divine Deliverance: Pain and Painlessness in Early Christian Martyr Texts. Monday, October 24, 12:00-1:30, Nau 342    

October 19, 2016 - 6:30 pm
NAU 441

Please join us to hear UVa Alumna Suzanne Bessenger (Ph.D. Religion 2010) talk about her new book from Oxford University Press, Echoes of Enlightenment, which tells for the first time the story of a maverick female leader in medieval Tibet, Sonam Peldren.
When: Today, October 19th, 6:30
Where: Nau Hall 441.

September 22, 2016 - 4:00pm
In September, the James W. Richard Lecture Committee hosted Professor Sarah Coakley of the University of Cambridge for a series of three lectures entitled "Sacrifice: Defunct or Desired? A New Religious and Theological Analysis." Lectures began at 4:00 pm each day in NAU 101 in the South Lawn, followed by a catered reception.
May 31, 2016 - 9:00am
University of Virginia

Religious Studies professors Kurtis Schaeffer and Charles Mathewes taught an NEH seminar on religion this summer.

May 6, 2016 - 5:30pm
Minor Hall

Talal Asad spoke about religion and media as the keynote lecturer for the Virginia Colloquium on Theology, Ethics, and Culture.