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With particular strengths in the study of Christianity, Judaism, American religions, Islam, secularism, Buddhism, and other Asian religions, the Department of Religious Studies emphasizes descriptive, historical, and theoretical approaches to the study of religion.

Upcoming Events



Is the Talmud Racist?

Mira Wasserman, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, & Steve Weitzman, University of Pennsylvania
Jan 28, 2021 at -

A talk in the "Jews, Race, and Religion" speaker series



Zakhor: Alex Haley’s Roots, Scriptures, and the Race for America

Richard Newton, University of Alabama
Feb 4, 2021 at -

A talk in the "Jews, Race, and Religion," lecture series.



Book Celebration: J. Brent Crosson, Experiments with Power: Obeah and the Remaking of Religion in Trinidad

J. Brent Crosson (University of Texas, Austin) with Deborah Thomas (Penn) Responding
Feb 4, 2021 at -

A celebration of J. Brent Crosson's 2020 book, Experiments with Power: Obeah and the Remaking of Religion in Trinidad