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Dr. Smith and NormTheresa Smith received her PhD in Religious and Theological Studies in 1990 from Boston University. Her areas of specialization include Myth and Ritual Studies, Native American Religions, and Traditional European/British Paganism and Neo-Paganism.

Her book, The Island of the Anishnaabeg: Thunderers and Water Monsters in the Ojibwe Life-World, is being reissued in July 2012 by the University of Nebraska Press under its Bison Books imprints, for classic books in the field. She is author of more than a dozen articles and book chapters, the most recent being “Landscape as Narrative, Narrative as Landscape” (with Jill M. Fiore) in Studies in American Indian Literature, Winter, 2011, and is currently working on a book, Medicine and Magic: Conversations with an Ojibwa Medicine Woman and a Cornish Village Witch as well as an article on the cross-cultural occurrence of fairy traditions.

Smith has directed the IUP Institute for Experiential Studies in the Humanities in Boscastle, Cornwall, and has taught numerous courses in Great Britain on pre-Christian religions and sacred landscape, including her latest, in cooperation with the University of the Highlands and the Islands, on Scottish sacred sites. Her course for this voyage will focus on Northern European pre-Christian religions, their connection to landscape and identity, and their role as inspiration for contemporary pagan revivalist movements.

Smith serves as intern supervisor and advisor to the Committee for the Study of Culture and Religion as well as the Religious Studies Club. She regularly teaches World Religions, Native North American Religions, Women and Religion; Neo-Paganism, Experiential Studies in Great Britain, Religion and Sexual Diversity, and Religion and Film.

Click here to see Theresa Smith's talk "The Island of the Anishnaabeg"

Fall 2016
Course Number
Course Name
RLST 110-005
World Religions
TR 2:00-3:15
126 HSS
RLST 245-001
Women and Religion 
206 HSS

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