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The RESTtalks lecture series was launched in October 2019 as a forum for showcasing the research interests and teaching expertise of our core faculty. Normally, two lectures are scheduled in each semester, but the series is suspended until the campus re-opens. In the meantime, the Religious Studies program is hosting faculty talks and guest lectures on Zoom. Check the News page for information.  

Past Lectures

Eric Bronson received his doctorate in Philosophy at the State University of New York in Buffalo in 1998. He taught full-time for nine years at Berkeley College in New York City before coming to York University in 2006, where he teaches in the departments of Philosophy and Humanities. For the Religious Studies Program, Bronson teaches Gods and Humans (HUMA 1165). His current project is a textbook entitled Enchanted Wisdom: Popular Ideas of World Religions. This lecture was recorded 7 October 2019.

Alicia Turner received her MA and PhD at the University of Chicago in History of Religions. She came to York University in 2009. Among her achievements are the York University Research Leader award, which she won in 2018, and the book Saving Buddhism: Moral Community and the Impermanence of Colonial Religion. Her talk here is based on an op-ed written with Dan Arnold published in the New York Times in 2018. Many of the Religious Studies students meet Professor Turner in the first-year Buddhism and Asian Cultures course (HUMA 1855) and likely all of our current majors and minors will have encountered her in the Theories in the Study of Religion required course (HUMA 3804), which she has taught for the past four of five years. She also teaches several senior level courses, including Buddhism as Seen from the West (HUMA 4771) and Buddhism in Modern Southeast Asia (HUMA 4770). This lecture was recorded 11 November 2019.

Phil Harland did his undergrad in History at University of Waterloo, and both his MA and PhD at the University of Toronto's Centre for the Study of Religion. The focus of his research and teaching is on social and cultural history, including ancient Judeans (Jews) and Jesus adherents. He does exciting work with some of the leading scholars in Canada and is known internationally for his contributions. Prof. Harland teaches a number of courses on the early Christian world—including Origins of Christianity (HUMA 3421/3422; 2800), Greek and Roman Religion (HUMA 3105), A Cultural History of Satan (HUMA 3795), Visions of the End: Early Jewish and Christian Apocalypticism (HUMA 4819) and Diversity in Early Christianity (HUMA 4825)—as well as graduate level courses in the Department of History.