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In announcing the Office of Faith-Based Community Initiatives (part of the State Department) at the White House, Secretary of State John Kerry expressed the following: “In fact, if I went back to college to day, I think I would probably major in comparative religion because that’s how integrated [religion] is in everything that are working on and deciding and thinking about in life today.” For the full video, see http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/314438-1. (Kerry's quote can be heard at about the 10 minute mark.)
Thursday, October 27 - Kathryn Gin Lum Presents "Damned Nation," a Paul A. & Marie Castelfranco Lecture
Please join us on Thursday, October 27th at 6:00pm to attend the latest in the Paul A. & Marie Castelfranco Lecture Series: a presentation titled "Damned Nation" to be given by guest speaker Professor Kathryn Gin Lum of Stanford University. Read More
Maitreyi's Moment: Multiple Identities and the Study of Indian Religions: Dr. Laurie Patton, Middlebury College, Feb. 21, 5:30-6:30pm
In a 21st century Sanskrit retelling of a story in the ancient Upanishads, the female sage Maitreyi has a
dilemma: how can she discuss the sacred origins of the universe with her husband and at the same time
be loyal to her co-wife, Katyayani? Maitreyi’s moment of decision raises the critical question: how can we
Please join us on Wednesday, June 5, 1-4 pm in Sproul 912, for a symposium celebrating the work of our newest PhD students in the Graduate Group in the Study of Religion (Brian Campbell, Lauren Eastland, Josh Shahryar, and Ben Steele-Fisher) and the Designated Emphasis in Religion (Manas Rajagopalan). Read More
Evoking Enlightenment: The Rise of Poetic Language in Early Tantric Ritual
912 Sproul Hall
Dr. Jacob Dalton
Associate Professor and Chair
Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies
UC Berkeley Read More
Prof. Don Davis, UT Austin
Thurs. April 21, 6:00pm
126 Voorhies Hall Read More
Tuesday April 19, 2-3pm
912 Sproul Hall
Audacious Ascetic book talk Read More
Presented by Dr. Janet Klein of the University of Akron, on Wednesday, March 9 at 12:10pm in 126 Voorhies Hall.
Dr. Billie Jean Collins, Lecturer, Middle Eastern Studies, Emory University
Lecture by Professor John Kelsay, Florida State University
Thursday, Feb. 18, 6-7:30pm
Meeting Room D, Student Center Read More
"Ritual Re-Creations: Renaissance Mass Music in Liturgical Context," Prof. M. Jennifer Bloxam, Wed. Feb 15, 3-5pm, 266 Everson
A workshop exploring the intersection of Renaissance sacred music and early modern liturgy. We will address such
questions as: How does our modern experience of Renaissance sacred music differ from its original context? How can
liturgy inform our understanding and appreciation of music originally intended for ritual performance? What purpose
does ritual re-creation ultimately serve, and is it worth the risks?
M. Jennifer Bloxam is Herbert H. Lehman Professor of Music at Williams College, where she has taught since Read More
Suad Joseph Graduate Research Funds for Middle East and/or South Asia Studies Competition - Jan. 30 Deadline
The third annual call for the Suad Joseph Graduate Student Research Awards is now open for applications. The award is made possible as a result of a donation by Suad Joseph, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Women and Gender Studies, from the proceedings of the UC Davis Prize awarded in May 2014. Read More
Study of Religion Graduate Student Cai Thorman returns triumphant from the January 2019 American Institute of Archaeology/Society for Classical Studies conference in San Diego, where her paper won the highly competitive graduate student paper award. What makes this so impressive is that the winning paper is selected not just on the basis of technical scholarship but also delivery and Q&A--a higher bar than just writing--and this is Cai's first conference presentation. Read More
In the past few weeks, acts of intimidation, exclusion, and hate have touched our community. The Davis Islamic Center was vandalized--windows broken, tires slashed, and bacon left on door handles. Soon after, the Tarbiya Center in Roseville was defaced with anti-Islamic graffiti. This weekend, a package of pork tenderloins was left at the doorstep of the Davis home of Muslims. Such acts are expressions of deep-seated fears and misunderstandings that have long simmered silently and just beneath the surface.
Congratulations to Prof. Naomi Janowitz, winner of the "American Psychoanalytic Association’s Edith Sabshin Teaching Award" and a "2015 University Honors Program Teaching Award"! For the full story, visit http://dateline.ucdavis.edu/dl_detail.lasso?id=15358&dn=120815 . Read More
By Dateline staff
This article is available at http://dateline.ucdavis.edu/dl_detail.lasso?id=15042&dn=010615.
UC Davis has announced its 15th class of Chancellor’s Fellows — 10 faculty members at the associate professor level who have caught the attention of their colleagues, department chairs and deans, and Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi. Read More
Our very own Prof. Flagg Miller discusses the Bin Laden tape collection with BBC news: http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-33931657. Read More
Join us for the Templeton Lecture in Art History
Friday, January 9, 2015 from 6:00-7:30
Nelson Art Gallery, UC Davis
Free and open to the public
Archeological Survey of India, 1900
Photograph: Archeological Survey of India, 1900 Read More
Monday, Oct. 13 event: The Ayodhya Dispute: The Absent Mosque, State of Exception, and the Jural Deity
The Ayodhya Dispute:The Absent Mosque, State of Exception, and the Jural Deity
Deepak Mehta, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics
Monday, 13th October, 2014, 4pm-6pm
Andrews Conference Room (2203, SS&H building), UC Davis Read More
Congratulations to Suad Joseph, Professor of Anthropology & Women's Studies and Graduate Group Faculty for the Graduate Group in the Study of Religion, on your 2014 UC Davis Prize for Undergraduate Teaching and Scholarly Achievement. For the full story, click here.
Emily Albu, Professor of Classics & faculty of the Study of Religion graduate group, has won a 2014 Distinguished Teaching Award for Undergraduate Teaching! This award is one of the most prestigious granted on the UC Davis campus and recognizes outstanding teaching and commitment to student success. She will be formally honored at a reception and award ceremony in May. Congratulations, Prof. Albu, for this distinction.
Professor Keith Watenpaugh describes regional fears about ISIS in Iraq in an interview on Captial Public Radio's Insight. To listen to the discussion, please visit http://www.capradio.org/news/insight/2014/06/16/insight-061614. Read More
Professor Archana Venkatesan's new book has just been published. A Hundred Measures of Time: Nammalvar's Tiruviruttam is a complete translation of Nammalvar's iconic Tiruviruttam, a late 8th/early 9th century Tamil poem. It's accompanied by a comprehensive essay on the poem and also included substantial material on Srivaisnava commentarial practices.
In an article in "The Economist" about the Vatican's new policies on price controls for the costly process of canonisation, Religious Studies Professor Meaghan O'Keefe is cited regarding the motive for a particular canonisation. The article is titled "The Lord's outsourced work," and can be found at the following address at The Economist's website: