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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.

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The Scholar of Religion in the Public Sphere

Celebrating Anthea Butler's receipt of the Martin E. Marty Award for the Public Understanding of Religion
Emily Anderson, Lloyd Barba, Anthea Butler, Samah Choudhury, Gillian Frank, Abel Gómez, Charles McCrary, Samira Mehta, Bradley Onishi, Jalane Schmidt, Audrey Truschke, Robin Globus Veldman
Feb 9, 2023 - Feb 10, 2023 at - | Ben Franklin Room, Houston Hall and online.

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Colloquium: "Jah’s Warrior: Samson as Moral Exemplar in Rastafari”

Ariella Werden-Greenfield
Mar 2, 2023 at - | Cohen 237

Because of Samson’s Nazarite identity and physical attributes, including his pleated hair, Rastafari understand him as an unsullied and dreadlocked Rastaman living in a…



Colloquium: Making the Present with the More Than Human Gobi Desert

Matthew King (UC Riverside)
Apr 20, 2023 at - | Cohen 237

The Gobi is not a consensual idea. It is a contrarian stage of desire and repulsion, of mobility and
obstruction. Forged in the negative space of sea, sky, and land, the material Gobi has long been a membrane…