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The Religious Studies Program Presents: Dr. Thabit A. J. Abdullah (Department of History) "The Mandaeans of Iraq and their Struggle for Survival"

The Religious Studies Program Presents: Dr. Thabit A. J. Abdullah (Department of History) "The Mandaeans of Iraq and their Struggle for Survival"

Monday, March 21 @ 4:00 PM The final speaker in the Religious Studies series for 2021/2022 is Dr. Thabit A. J. Abdullah of the History Department who will share with us some of his ongoing work on the Mandaeans—a struggling religious community originally based in Iran and often associated with "gnostic" thought. This talk will […]

"My Journey into South Asian and Religious Studies" with Dr. Julie Vig

"My Journey into South Asian and Religious Studies" with Dr. Julie Vig

Please join the Religious Studies Program and the Department of Humanities in welcoming our new faculty member Dr. Julie Vig on February 14 for a talk about her life and work. Dr. Vig joined the Dept. of Humanities in January and currently teaches HUMA 3802 Sikh History and Thought and HUMA 3819 Outsiders Inside Religion.

Guest Lecture: Maia Kotrosits on "The Lives of Objects"

Guest Lecture: Maia Kotrosits on "The Lives of Objects"

The Religious Studies Program presents a special lecture by Dr. Maia Kotrosits of Denison University on Monday, November 9 (via Zoom). She will be talking about her recent book, The Lives of Objects (University of Chicago Press, 2020). The book is described as: Our lives are filled with objects—ones that we carry with us, that […]

Course Listings Updated for 2020/2021

Course Listings Updated for 2020/2021

The Course Listings on the Religious Studies web site have been updated for 2020/2021. The list includes all courses taught by Religious Studies faculty in the Humanities Department as well as courses in other programs that are accepted as credit towards the Religious Studies major or minor. A separate page provides listings for courses that […]

RESTtalk lecture with Phil Harland Jan. 27

RESTtalk lecture with Phil Harland Jan. 27

The Religious Studies Program presents the third in our series of RESTtalks lectures on January 27 with Phil Harland, Professor of Religion and Ancient History. He will speak on "Ethnic Stereotypes in the Ancient World" The short talk will be filmed and posted on the Religious Studies web site. A Q&A session will follow. The […]

Randal Schnoor Op-ed in Toronto Star on teaching Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia in Canada

Randal Schnoor Op-ed in Toronto Star on teaching Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia in Canada

Prof. Randal Schnoor, who teaches in Religious Studies and Jewish Studies, contributed an op. ed. to the December 23 edition of The Toronto Star based on reflections teaching his new course Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia in Canada (HUMA 3835). The editorial, entitled “Bringing Jews and Muslims together at York University,” includes some feedback from his students […]

RESTtalk lecture with Alicia Turner Nov. 11

RESTtalk lecture with Alicia Turner Nov. 11

The Religious Studies Program presents the second in our series of RESTtalks lectures on November 11 with Alicia Turner, professor of South East Asian Buddhism. She will speak on "Why are we surprised when Buddhists are violent?" The short talk will be filmed and posted on the Religious Studies web site. A Q&A session will […]

RESTtalk lecture with Eric Bronson Oct. 7

RESTtalk lecture with Eric Bronson Oct. 7

The Religious Studies Program is launching the RESTtalks lecture series on October 7 with our own Eric Bronson (instructor for HUMA 1165 Gods and Humans). The goal of the series is to bring attention to the teaching specializations of our faculty. The short talk will be filmed and posted on the Religious Studies web site. […]

Student and Faculty Get-together Sept. 25, 4 pm

Student and Faculty Get-together Sept. 25, 4 pm

We are kicking off the new 2019/2020 school year with our twice-annual Study Break—an informal gathering of students and faculty. This is an ideal opportunity for instructors and students to socialize outside the classroom. The event will also include a panel discussion on graduate work and job opportunities in the field. The Study Break will […]