Our own Professor Nichole Flores has been named as the Religious Studies Mellon Humanities Fellow by The Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures (IHGC). Her fellowship project, Guadalupe in the Public Square: Aesthetic Solidarity and the Pursuit of Justice, is a monograph project examining how symbols can potentially inform the imaginative life of citizens toward shared ethical goals in an increasingly pluralistic societal context. Professor Flores joins the inaugural class of this fellowship, along with four other UVA faculty fellows. Further details are here.

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

Religious studies major Ahmad Hawkins '09 is the subject of a recent article in UVA Today. Having played football at UVA and at the professional level, Hawkins is now behavior intervention specialist at Lugo-McGinness Academy in Charlottesville. 

Professor Douglas Laycock's noteworthy legal writings have been collected in five comprehensive volumes published by Eerdmans under the title Religious LIberty.

Professor Elizabeth Alexander gave two lectures in Israel in June. She spoke at Tel Aviv University on “Religious Studies and Rabbinics” and Hebrew University of Jerusalem on “The Rabbinic Gendering of Biblical Israel.”

Recently Professor Erik Braun gave the keynote lecture at the graduate symposium of the Institute of Buddhist Studies in Berkeley, CA. Click here for more information.

Professor Karl Shuve, specialist in early and medieval Christianity, is interviewed in a recent article adressing the "Nashville Statment," which was written and signed by a number of prominent Evangelical Christians this past week. Professor Shuve responds, “This is not a document that is seriously interested with the witnesses of the Christian past, nor is it interested in engaging seriously with the issues underlying marriage and gender identities of the present.” Read the article here