We are very pleased to announce a three-year, $1 million grant awarded by the Henry Luce Foundation to the Virginia Center for the Study of Religion (VCSR). Details are here.
We have added a partial list of faculty books to the web site here, along with links to their publishers. This list is in beta and will be expanded over time.
The department is pleased to welcome Nichole Flores, who has begun teaching courses this Fall term. Dr. Flores is the 2015 recipient of the Catherine Mowry LaCugna Award for her essay, "Beyond Consumptive Solidarity: An Aesthetic Response to Modern Day Slavery." Further information on Dr. Flores may be found on her individual web site here, and her faculty page here.
The final episode of Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly features Professor Vanessa Ochs reflecting on religious practices and rituals.
Professor Charles Mathewes was selected to be a College Fellow in UVA's College of Arts and Sciences College Fellows Program. He joins Religious Studies Professors Janet Spittler and Ahmed al-Rahim, who were selected for last year's inaugural class of fellows. See this announcement for more information.
In January 2017, the College of Arts and Sciences and Contemplative Sciences Center at UVA will partner with Kohala Institute in Hawai'i to offer an opportunity to study a unique environment and culture from two very different disciplinary perspectives- Environmental Sciences and Religious Studies - with a strong emphasis on highly experiential education and of self-understanding. The Ecological & Contemplative Landscapes course, which will be offered at UVA in Hawai'i as a two week J-Term course, is an immersive education program designed and taught by Manuel Lerdau from Environmental Sciences, David Germano from Religious Studies and Leslie Hubbard from CSC.
This course integrates unique and highly experiential blends of learning activities integrating environmental science, religious studies, and contemplative sciences. It is based at Kohala Institute on the Big Island in Hawai’i, a remarkable property proceeding from the ocean to mountains, which constitutes a traditional Hawai’i land unit on environment, economic, social and political grounds - an ahupua’a. The class brings together classical scientific approaches to human/land/sea relations, and integrates these approaches into traditional humanistic perspectives on humans, their cultures, religion, and environments. The class blends historical, philosophical, and natural science views of the world and explores this blending in the context of traditional and modern Hawai’ian culture and environment. The class will also explore cognitive, affective, and somatic contemplative practices of self understanding and development, and integrate these into the broader themes of the profound interdependence of culture and environment.
Congratulations to Martien Halvorson-Taylor, associate professor of religious studies, who was recently honored with an All-University Teaching Award. Professor Halvorson-Taylor, who teaches Hebrew Bible and related topics, was among the nine faculty members from across the university recognized for teaching exellence.
Professor Jennifer Geddes delivered the 22nd Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Annual Lecture at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum on November 1st. Professor Geddes's work focuses on ethics, evil, and Holocaust testimony.
Professor Jennifer Geddes delivered the 22nd annual Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Lecture at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC on November 1st. Read more about the lecture series and Professor Geddes's work on ethics, evil, and Holocaust testimony here.
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