About Andie Alexander

Andie Alexander, who earned her B.A. in Religious Studies and History in December 2012, is pursuing her Ph.D. in American Religious Cultures at Emory University. She also works as the online Curator for the Culture on the Edge blog.

3rd Annual Dinner at Dr. Ramey’s

rameydinnerAs they have for three years now, Prof. Steven Ramey and his wife, Terra Rodgers, hosted the final RSSA dinner for the department. From the homemade Indian food and desserts, to the South Indian coffee after dinner, and the wonderful conversation in between, it was a fantastic night! We even had a few musical performances from Raj and Han, Dr. Ramey’s sons, as well as our own Zach Price.

rameydinner4There was a fantastic turnout from students and faculty to family and friends—quite an event, as always!

rameydinner3We definitely had a lively crowd with too many conversations to keep up!

rameydinner1So a BIG thanks to Prof. Ramey and Terra Rodgers for welcoming the Department into their home for a fantastic dinner and evening! A great way to end the year!

(And, I think 3 makes it a tradition…))

REL Makes an Appearance at the Undergraduate Research Conference

ua researchOn April 17, 2014 the University of Alabama held its 7th annual Undergraduate Research and Creativity Conference which allows undergraduates, who are working with a faculty advisor, to present either a research paper or poster presentation. This year we had a few students from the Department presenting their research, and they did a fantastic job!

Emily Vork, a triple major in Religious Studies, History, and American Studies was presenting a research poster, “Individuality of Slaves in Runway Advertisement” for the History Department.

uaresearch3And Leighton Carlock, an English major, presented her “Myth as Illusion” research project that she’s been working on in her independent study with Dr. Ramey (pictured below with Leighton).

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uaresearch1Yesterday evening they announced this years winners, so congratulations to Leighton for receiving the award for International Focus (Humanities & Fine Arts)! And congratulations to Meghan Stallworth, an REL minor, for winning 1st place with her Psychology research in the Poster Presentation for Social Sciences!

The 12th Annual Aronov Lecture

aronovkingOn March 4, 2014, Dr. Richard King, Professor of Buddhist and Asian Studies at the University of Kent, UK, delivered his “From Mysticism to Spirituality: Colonial Legacies and the Reformulation of ‘the Mystic East'” as the Department of Religious Studies’ 12th Annual Aronov Lecture, named after the late Aaron Aronov — the founder of Aronov Realty and the person for whom the Department’s endowed chair in Judaic studies is also named. To learn a little more about Dr. King, take a look at his interview. Continue reading

Honors Day 2014

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This past Friday, 4 April 2014, the Department of Religious Studies hosted its thirteenth Honors Day ceremony. Due to the weather, we had to move the ceremony from its usual venue on the 2nd floor balcony of Manly Hall to Alumni Hall–special thanks to them!

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Our event began after the Arts & Sciences Honors Day Convocation in Moody Music Hall where Prof. Russell McCutcheon (Chair of REL) recognized Outstanding Student Jared Powell and Silverstein Scholar Maggie Paul (pictured above, left to right) on behalf of our 16 award winners this year. Continue reading

Grad Tales Part IV

gradtales4On March 31, 2014, the Department hosted its fourth (and final for 2013-14) “There and Back Again: A Grad’s Tale” event. For this event, Prof. Russell McCutcheon talked with REL grad John Lyles about what he’s been up to since he left Manly Hall in 2010 after earning his B.A. in Religious Studies, with a minor in Biology. Continue reading

“Would You Still Call Yourself an Asianist?”

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In December 2013, Prof. Russell McCutcheon sat down with Prof. Steven Ramey to discuss how Ramey’s work on Asia has transitioned in the past several years. While he still focuses on Asia in much of his work, “… a shift in research focus from inter-religious cooperation to diaspora religion, eventually studying south Asian communities in the U.S. south, led the way to a far broader interest not only in social theory but in the practical implications of categorization for creating identities.” Continue reading

A Great Start to a New Annual Event

photo 2-1Yesterday evening the Department hosted its first annual REL Honors Research Symposium that showcased our undergraduates’ own independent research. Our panelists Andie Alexander (a grad of REL), Jordan Atkinson, Seth Cox, Wesley Davidson, and Katelyn Smith presented their research—most of which was produced as a final paper for different courses in the department—on varying topics ranging from history and narrative, to religious/social identification, redefinition, and inter-generational differences. Continue reading

Coming Soon…

richardkingOn March 4, 2014 at 7:00pm in Gorgas 205, Dr. Richard King, University of Kent, will be presenting his “From Mysticism to Spirituality: Colonial Legacies and the Reformulation of ‘the Mystic East” for the 12th annual Aronov Lecture for the Department of Religious Studies. Prof. King’s work focuses on the history of European colonialism and the study of South Asian cultures, histories, and traditions. He also has a particular interest in Indian philosophical thought in the period between 200-900 CE and especially the formation of various Mahayana Buddhist schools. Continue reading

ar·ti·facts

artifactsar·ti·facts is an ongoing series showcasing different items of interest in the offices of our faculty. These minute long, shelf-stories highlight various items that bear some significance or importance to the professor and his/her role in the department.

Did you miss any of the videos in the first series? If so, check out the links below. We also have several more in the works, so stay tuned for more ar·ti·facts videos!

Season 1
Mike Altman
Eleanor Finnegan
Steve Jacobs
Russell McCutcheon
Steven Ramey
Sarah Rollens
Merinda Simmons
Ted Trost

Season 2
Sarah Rollens
Mike Altman
Eleanor Finnegan
Merinda Simmons
Steven Ramey
Nathan Loewen

There and Back Again: A Grad’s Tale

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In the Fall of 2013, the Department of Religious Studies kicked off this new speakers series that invites REL graduates (one to two per semester) to come talk about what they’ve ended up doing with their undergraduate degree and how those skills apply to their career. To learn more about the series, take a look at the webpage.

2013-2014
Kim Davis
Tim Davis
Benjamin Simmons
John Lyles

Stay tuned for more info on our 2014-2015 speakers…