Research Suggestions, #48: To Cover or Not to Cover?

Have you been following the new U.S. President’s first overseas trip–including stops in Saudi Arabia, Israel, and Italy…?

Many news sources have commented on the fact that (as evidenced in the above photo), while in Saudi Arabia, Melania Trump, the First Lady, and her step-daughter, Ivanka, did not cover their heads (as is customary for women there) while in Vatican City, when visiting with the Pope, they did. Continue reading

The Limits of the Field

Only recently did it come to my attention that one of the journals in our field now seems to understand itself in a curiously narrow way. Continue reading

Breakfast at Manly Hall

The students may be gone for the summer, but mornings around Manly Hall are far from quiet. To show you what we mean, we left the GoPro out one morning to catch some of the activity…take a look. Continue reading

The “Tyranny of Theory” is to Blame

The other day I came across this video, from a publisher advertising a recent textbook on world religions. Continue reading

Yet Another Successful Honors Day

Since last year’s Honors Day video was such a huge success, we decided to pass around the GoPro again at this year’s event on the second floor balcony. Continue reading

Grad Tales–50th Anniversary Style

The Department recently celebrated its fiftieth anniversary with a series of events and guest lecturers, and along with those guest speakers, we brought back a few of our grads to share their thoughts on how their time in REL impacted them–and how the tools they learned here are still being used in their day-to-day lives. Continue reading

50th Anniversary Fun Facts #17

Although dating to 1932, in 2016-17 we’re celebrating our 50th anniversary, given how the Department was reinvented in 1966-7 — in keeping with how the study of religion was established then across public universities in the US. No longer confessionally-oriented and staffed by campus ministers, it became a cross-culturally comparative and interdisciplinary field.

So all semester we’ll be posting some weekly fun facts from 1966 — not that long ago for some of us yet ancient history for others. Continue reading

#pizzapalooza2017

Jack knew a thing or two, like how to cope with a splitting headache after losing to a faculty member at badminton.

So we’ll see you later this afternoon, for pizza, birdies, and goodbye to the Spring semester (and, yes, hello exams and essay-writing). Check the REL FB page’s Event for details.

Oh, and by the way: BYO Bromo Seltzer.

50th Anniversary Fun Fact #16

Although dating to 1932, in 2016-17 we’re celebrating our 50th anniversary, given how the Department was reinvented in 1966-7 — in keeping with how the study of religion was established then across public universities in the US. No longer confessionally-oriented and staffed by campus ministers, it became a cross-culturally comparative and interdisciplinary field.

So all semester we’ll be posting some weekly fun facts from 1966 — not that long ago for some of us yet ancient history for others. Continue reading

Faculty Relinquish the Cup: Students Rejoice

Yes, it’s that time of year again — the Spring semester’s classes are winding down but the competitive spirit is ramping up, in preparation for the what is now almost a decade old tradition: the Manly Cup. Continue reading