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?

Professor Nichole Flores spoke at the 21st annual Ignation Family Teach-In for Justice on Nov. 4 in Washington D.C. Known as the largest annual Catholic social justice gathering in the U.S., the Teach-In attracts attendees from over 135 Jesuit and other Catholic universities, high schools, and parishes in the U.S., as well as Canada, Mexico, Spain, and El Salvador. While all ages are represented at the event, the majority of attendees are ages 16-22.

Professor Larycia Hawkins is the subject of a film documentary, "Same God," which premiered at the LA Film Festival in September. The film tells the story of Hawkins' experience as a tenured professor at Wheaton College. Hawkins lost her job after weaing a hijab in solidarity with Muslims and voicing her belief that Christians and Muslims worship the same god. The Chicago Tribune reviewed the film in advance of its screening in Chicago: Film explores controversy over ex-Wheaton College prof who wore hijab to support Muslims