Join us in congratulating Prf. Vanessa Ochs, who has recently been appointed as the inaugural research fellow of the Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah’s Dr. Jonathan Woocher Research Fellowship. 

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. 


Charles Marsh, Professor of Religious Studies and director of the Project on Lived Theology, will be featured in the upcoming Virginia Festival of the Book. He will discuss the recent volume, Can I Get a Witness? Thirteen Peacemakers, Community Builders, and Agitators for Faith & Justice, which collects biographical essays on unexpected and underappreciated leaders in struggles for justice and equality. Fri. March 22, 10:00 AM - Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

In "The Long and The Short of Jewish Ritual" at The New York Jewish Week, author Ted Merwin consults Professor Vanessa Ochs on the practice of Jewish ritual in American life. 



The Religion, Race & Democracy Lab has launched its new website

The Lab supports teaching, facilitates research, and produces stories in many forms on religion, race, and democracy. It brings together researchers, students, journalists, and public leaders together to focus on the ways these complex forces are found in and shape our everyday lives.

Stay connected as the Lab continues to add content to its website and prepares to launch its forthcoming podcast, Sacred & Profane, later this spring. 

David Germano (Religious Studies, Contemplative Sciences Center) and Leslie Hubbard (Contemplative Sciences Center) and the course they teach, "The Art and Science of Human Flourishing," were featured in an article in The Chronicle of Higher EducationColleges Teach Students How to Think. Should They Also Teach Them How to Thrive?