Caleb Elfenbein, Assistant Professor of History and Religious Studies meets with a small group of students in the Iowa Room in the basement of Burling Library

Religious Studies

Religious Studies helps you develop tools to understand the complex ways that people across history and around the world oppose oppression, justify violence, understand their bodies, and give meaning to their lives. Our curriculum is among the most international on campus and many majors study abroad, bringing their experiences to capstone seminars and mentored research projects. We prepare you for a diverse world and a variety of professional paths including law, medicine, and non-profit leadership.

Department News

Author of "American Sutra" to Discuss Book

When the FBI began mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II, Buddhist priests were among the first to be incarcerated. "American Sutra" tells the story of Japanese American Buddhists (the largest group of Buddhists in the United States at that time) in the context of anti-Japanese sentiment during World War II and draws parallels to contemporary challenges to religious freedom facing Americans today.

Adam David Wert

Power and God-Talk: Apophaticism in Pseudo-Dionysius and Rowan Williams
Alberta Ferrario

Hinduism(s): Ancient “Religion,” Colonial Construction, or Nationalist Idea? Debate Over a Problematic Concept

Alberta Ferrario will discuss the controversial concept of Hinduism and offer possible ways to understand and talk about this complex tradition at 7:30 p.m. April 9, 2019, Rosenfield Center Room 101.

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