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.
Starting in 1966, cigarette packages were required by law to carry a label that read “Caution! Cigarette smoking may be hazardous to your health.”