Read about fourth-year student Misran Dolan's research into the persecution of Uyghers in China here


Professor Ashon Crawley comments on the salvation of Kanye West in NPR’s Forgotten: The Things We Lost In Kanye's Gospel Year.

Kevin Hart will be giving the Gifford Lectures at the University of Glasgow in June, 2020. He will give the Thomas Aquinas Lecture at the University of Dallas in January, 2020. He will also be giving the Etienne Gilson Lectures at the Institut Catholique de Paris in March, 2020. 

On October 18, Professor Nichole Flores will be speaking in the University of Notre Dame's series of lectures titled "Religion Beyond Memes: Enhancing Public Discourse about Faith and Practice."  


The Religion, Race & Democracy Lab invites undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Virginia to join with faculty, staff, and fellow students to investigate the complex interrelationships between religion, race and democracy.

Select students will receive a stipend—$3,000 for undergraduate students and $5,000 for graduate students—to produce non-fiction narratives on any topic that explores religion, race, and democracy. We seek topics from around the globe and throughout history that will result in a short audio or video documentary. Final projects should engage the broadest possible audience. Deadline: October 11.

For more information and to apply, visit

The Religion, Race & Democracy Lab recently launched its new website and with it, a podcast called Sacred & Profane, a series exploring how religion shapes the world around us and how we shape religions. We may imagine that the sacred is set apart from life, but religion is involved in every aspect of our day-to-day world. How we live together and apart. How we argue. How we flourish. The sacred is the profane.

To stream, download, and subscribe to Sacred & Profane visit Follow us on twitter @TheReligionLab.

Religious studies doctoral candidate Dallas Tatman has received the Frank Finger Fellowship for Teaching. Doctoral candidate Andrew Taylor is the recipient of an All-University Graduate Teaching Award. Read more about the teaching awards here

Professor Shankar Nair is this year's recipient of UVA's Alumni Board of Trustees Teaching Award. Read more about the award here

Professor Matthew Hedstrom has been awarded an ACLS fellowship for his project, “The Religion of Humanity,” which chronicles the contested religious meanings of the United Nations in US culture, politics, and religion in the post-World War II period, situating that history in the longer history of ideas about world government and the “religion of humanity.” Read more about the project here, and about this year's ACLS fellows here

Professor John Portman's class, "Cultural Catholicism," is featured in a recent story in the univesrity news.