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Floerke Scheid’s Talk on Christian Activism Now Available Online

For those that missed Anna Floerke Scheid’s talk on February 28, 2017, titled “Disrupting the False Peace: Christian Political Resistance from Jesus to Black Lives Matter,” you can now view it online.

Posted on 4/3/2017 11:23:41 AM

Goulet Presents Paper on “Priya’s Shakti”

On March 10, 2017, Nicole Goulet presented her work, "Priya’s Shakti:  Reinvention of the Goddess and Social Activism," at the Pennsylvania College English Association, which took place this year in Indiana, Pennsylvania.

Posted on 3/27/2017 1:09:55 PM

Downie Presents on “Theological Anthropology and Severe Mental Illness”

On March 17, 2017, Alison Downie presented “Theological Anthropology and Severe Mental Illness” at the Mid-Atlantic Regional American Academy of Religion conference, which took place in New Jersey.

Posted on 3/21/2017 8:58:00 AM

IUP Alumnus to Discuss Sexuality and Spirituality

Conner Habib, writer, lecturer, and activist, will discuss the ways we can learn about individual freedom from both sex and the occult: how the two topics mirror each other, and how they intersect. All are welcome to this event on Thursday, March 23.

Posted on 3/18/2017 5:36:55 PM

Downie Publishes Review of “Beauty's Vineyard”

Alison Downie, Religious Studies professor, recently published a review of a Kimberly Vrundy's “Beauty's Vineyard: A Theological Aesthetic of Anguish and Anticipation.”

Posted on 3/9/2017 1:37:43 PM

Anna Floerke Scheid to Give Talk on Christian Activism

Anna Floerke Scheid, in conjunction with the Religious Studies Department, will present a talk on Christian activism on Tuesday, Feb. 28.

Posted on 2/21/2017 1:54:47 PM

Religious Studies Department Presents Panel at State Summit

All five faculty members from the Religious Studies Department presented a panel titled "Experiences in the Religious Studies Classroom and Beyond" at the Inclusive Excellence and International Education 2016 State System Summit on November 3, 2016.

Posted on 12/9/2016 4:34:15 PM

Professor Emeritus Kwasi Yirenkyi

It is with profound sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Emeritus Professor Kwasi Yirenkyi, who died on May 31 in Philadelphia, Pa.

Posted on 6/7/2016 2:25:10 PM

Downie (Religious Studies) Wins Faculty Recognition Award

Alison Downie is the 2015–16 recipient of the Center for Teaching Excellence Award for Content Pedagogy.

Posted on 5/4/2016 11:17:22 AM

Murphy Named Religious Studies Student of the Month

Ashley Murphy (BA Religious Studies and Criminology double major) has become the second recipient of the Religious Studies Department Student of the Month Award for February 2016.

Posted on 4/1/2016 10:01:07 AM

Cutlip Named Religious Studies Student of the Month

Michael Cutlip (BA Religious Studies) has become the first recipient of the Religious Studies Department's Student of the Month Award.

Posted on 2/15/2016 2:34:54 PM

Religious Studies Professor Emeritus R. Thomas Schaub Passes Away

The IUP Department of Religious Studies remembers R. Thomas Schaub, an accomplished Biblical studies scholar, archeologist and valued member of the department faculty for 30 years until his retirement in 1999.

Posted on 10/23/2015 10:32:25 AM

Two Performances of Tibetan Chanting and Dance to be Held

The Tibetan lamas in residence at our university this week will provide two free mini-performances of their sacred music and dances. Tibetan monks are known for their multiphonic chants, the bellowing tones of their ten-foot-long horns, and the unique movements of their spiritual dances.

Posted on 10/20/2015 2:36:16 PM

Lobsang Tsering Begins to Carve Tibetan Butter Sculpture

Come watch Lobsang Tsering build a butter sculpture or watch other Tibetan monks build a sand mandala.

Posted on 10/19/2015 10:03:04 AM

Khentrul Rinpoche to Give Four Lectures on Tibetan Buddhism

High Eminence Gyalrong Khentrul Rinpoche will provide four lectures at IUP this week. All will take place in the HUB Susquehanna Room.

Posted on 10/19/2015 9:57:58 AM

Mystical Arts of Tibet Opening Presentation Today

The IUP community will have the opportunity to hear multiphonic chants, in which one person simultaneously intones three notes, as 10 Tibetan lamas mark the beginning of their stay at IUP with an opening ceremony on Monday, October 19, in the HUB.

Posted on 10/16/2015 3:40:03 PM

Holmes to Present on Religious Faiths of U.S. Presidents

David Holmes will present “From Truman to Obama: The Religious Faiths of the Postwar Presidents, with Special Emphasis on Presidents Clinton, G.W. Bush, and Obama” on Tuesday, September 22.

Posted on 9/17/2015 9:14:31 AM

Religious Studies Orientation for Majors and Minors

Religious Studies majors and minors are invited to attend this informational session, where there will be free pizza, on Thursday, September 17.

Posted on 9/14/2015 9:39:30 AM

Call for Papers: Religious Studies 2015 Thomas Schaub Essay Contest

Submissions for the Thomas Schaub Essay Contest are due by noon on April 24, 2015. The competition is open to all IUP undergraduates.

Posted on 4/13/2015 9:13:19 PM

Presentation on “The World’s Most Mysterious Manuscript”

The Voynich Manuscript is composed of several hundred pages of text in a script or language that remains unidentified and undeciphered. This lecture by Reed Johnson will take place on Monday, April 20.

Posted on 4/13/2015 8:51:35 PM

Filmmaker Robinson to Present His Documentary “Rothstein’s First Assignment”

Documentary film maker Richard Knox Robinson will present his film “Rothstein’s First Assignment” on Wednesday, March 18. The film explores ethical issues related to both documentary film making and to the forced institutionalization and sterilization of thousands of mountain residents.

Posted on 3/16/2015 10:32:01 AM

Students Conces and Vickers Present Religious Studies Research at Pittsburgh Asia Consortium Undergraduate Conference

Alexandra Conces and Jessica Vickers will share their research at the third annual Pittsburgh Asia Consortium Undergraduate Research Conference, to be held at University of Pittsburgh on February 21, 2015.

Posted on 2/20/2015 11:31:37 AM

Annual Kipp Seelhorst Lecture: “The Art of Ithell Colquhoun and the Unfolding of Modern British Occultism”

The annual Kipp Seelhorst Lecture welcomes professor Amy Hale on Wednesday, November 12, when she will use Colquhoun’s amazing visual legacy as a focus for discussing the various strands of thought that permeated and ultimately shaped British esoteric culture as we know it today.

Posted on 11/3/2014 4:06:10 PM

New Religious Studies Faculty Member

The Religious Studies Department is pleased to welcome our newest faculty member, T. Nicole Goulet. 

Posted on 9/17/2014 3:05:44 PM

Kipp Seelhorst Scholarship Awarded for 2014

Religious Studies student Taylor Jones is the recipient of the 2014 Kipp Seelhorst Scholarship.

Posted on 5/20/2014 12:44:43 PM

Downie Receives Grant to Gather Information on IUP Religious Studies Graduates

Alison Downie received a grant from the American Academy of Religion to participate in its launch of a research initiative, beginning March 2014, to gather data from religious studies majors from many universities regarding the long-term impacts of attaining a B.A. in Religious Studies.

Posted on 4/3/2014 2:25:08 PM

Religious Studies Career Workshop

The Religious Studies Department has arranged a career workshop for Thursday, April 3, at 6:00 p.m. in Pratt 305, for Religious Studies majors and minors as you think toward your future plans.

Posted on 4/3/2014 2:22:56 PM

Viewing of the Film “The Mosque in Morgantown,” April 7

Join us for a viewing of the film “The Mosque in Morgantown,” followed by a discussion with Asra Nomani and her campaign for change against extremism in her West Virginia mosque.

Posted on 4/3/2014 2:08:05 PM

Religious Studies Student Aitkins to Discuss Bible’s “Shunammite Woman”

Clark Aitkins, a student in the Religious Studies Department, has been selected to present at the 2014 IVY Plus Symposium, hosted by Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Posted on 2/20/2014 2:52:42 PM

Downie Gives Introduction to Christian Feminist Perspectives

Alison Downie, Religious Studies, gave an introduction to Christian Feminist perspectives to the at Indiana Unitarian Universalist community on February 2, 2014.

Posted on 2/18/2014 3:18:23 PM

Goulet Discusses “Sarada Devi and the Politics of Gender in Late Colonial Bengal”

T. Nicole Goulet, University of Manitoba, will present “Mother of India: Sarada Devi (1852–1920) and the Politics of Gender in Late Colonial Bengal” on February 20, 2014. Presented by the Department of Religious Studies.

Posted on 2/18/2014 3:09:03 PM

Gittinger Talks About Practicing Hinduism Online

Juli Gittinger, faculty member of Religious Studies at McGill University, Montreal, will discuss “(Virtual) Ritual and (Virtual) Sacred Space: Practicing Hinduism Online” on Thursday, February 13, 2014.

Posted on 2/11/2014 12:01:55 PM

Religious Studies Scholar to Discuss Kingship and Pan-Indian Devotion in Colonial Mysore

The Department of Religious Studies presents Caleb Simmons discussing “Incorporeal Empire: Kingship and Pan-Indian Devotion in Colonial Mysore” on Thursday, January 30, 2014.

Posted on 1/28/2014 12:11:41 PM

Morales Presents on Race, Religion, and Gender in New American Religious Movement

Harold Morales, Religious Studies, presented a talk titled “Islam, Latinamente: The Triple Bind of Gender, Race, and Religion” at the American Academy of Religion’s 2014 national conference.

Posted on 1/28/2014 1:20:27 AM

Kipp Seelhorst Memorial Lecture: “Native Spiritual Landscapes”

All are invited to the presentation “Native Spiritual Landscapes—Ojibwe Teachings” by Marilyn Johnson on Thursday, November 14.

Posted on 11/4/2013 2:51:45 PM

Morales and Religious Studies Students Visit Sri Venkateswara Hindu Temple for Festival of Lights

A group of Religious Studies students, along with Harold Morales from the Religious Studies Department, attended the Diwali celebrations at the Sri Venkateswara Hindu Temple in Pittsburgh on November 2, 2013.

Posted on 11/4/2013 2:15:44 PM

Morales to Talk on Day of the Dead in Mexico and Beyond

On Monday, October 28, Harold Morales, Religious Studies, will present a talk titled “The Day of the Dead: an Affirmation of Life.”

Posted on 10/25/2013 12:33:53 PM

Religious Studies Announces Kipp Seelhorst Lecture Series and Scholarship

As a memorial to Kipp Seelhorst, a Religious Studies student, Kipp’s family and friends established a fund through the Foundation for IUP to promote two initiatives over the next four years.

Posted on 9/5/2013 10:29:42 PM

R. Thomas Schaub Religious Studies Essay Contest

Got a Religious Studies paper that you’d love others to read? Want to have the chance to win a prize (and eternal fame) for your work? Enter the Religious Studies Department essay contest!

Posted on 5/1/2013 1:58:40 PM

Spring Wellness Fair on April 27

On Saturday, April 27, 2013, Religious Studies student interns will host a Spring Wellness Fair at Sunflower Yoga Studio from 1:00–4:00 p.m.

Posted on 4/24/2013 9:01:45 AM

Michele Troutman receives Best Poster award for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Undergraduate Scholars Forum

Michele Troutman, a senior at IUP, won the Best Poster award for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at the recent Undergraduate Scholars Forum at IUP in April 2013.

Posted on 4/22/2013 1:11:10 PM

Aitkins Accepted into McNair Scholars Program

Clark Aitkins, a junior at IUP, was recently accepted into the McNair Scholars program.

Posted on 4/22/2013 1:05:10 PM

Bus Trip to National Museum of the American Indian

The Committee for the Study of Culture and Religion and the Religious Studies Department are sponsoring this trip on Saturday, April 20, 2013.

Posted on 4/4/2013 4:17:09 PM

Iya Luciana Vanilar to Present Lecture: How Okra Thwarted the Baby’s Death

Everyone is invited to come learn about Ifa, a West African religion, in “How Okra Thwarted the Baby’s Death: A Perspective on the Principles of Ifa-based Shamanic Practice,” a lecture by Iya Luciana Vanilar on April 3, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. in Room 247, Johnson Hall.

Posted on 3/29/2013 9:11:11 PM

Morales Gives Community Lecture on Sikh Religion

Religious Studies professor Harold Morales gave a talk on the Sikh religion and pluralism at the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Indiana on March 3, 2013.

Posted on 3/29/2013 12:53:56 PM

Religious Studies Club Meeting, April 2

The Religious Studies Club will meet on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. inside Stapleton Library, just outside of Java City.

Posted on 3/25/2013 3:12:18 PM

Downie to Discuss Christian Ecofeminist Theology

On Tuesday, March 12, 2013, Alison Downie, Religious Studies, will present “Openness: An Orientation in Christian Ecofeminist Theology and a Pedagogical Goal.” All members of the campus community are invited to attend.

Posted on 3/7/2013 12:07:55 PM

Religious Studies Guest Lecturer Barstow to Discuss “Romantic Relationships in American Evangelical Culture”

Elizabeth Barstow of Wofford College will present a discussion on Thursday, March 7, 2013. All members of the campus community are invited to attend.

Posted on 3/6/2013 11:37:16 AM

Scott to Present “No Pain, No Gain: Rethinking John Hick’s Soul-Making Theodicy”

On Tuesday, March 5, 2013, the Religious Studies Department presents Mark Scott of Villanova University from 3:30–4:45 p.m. All members of the campus community are invited to attend.

Posted on 2/27/2013 3:15:35 PM

Meetings for Religious Studies Club and Committee for Study of Culture and Religion

The Religious Studies Club and the Committee for the Study of Culture and Religion will be holding consequtive meetings on February 19, 2013, in front of Java City in the Stapleton Library.

Posted on 2/18/2013 10:08:32 AM

Religious Studies T-Shirts Now Available

Rejoice! The Religious Studies t-shirts are here! To purchase yours at the bargain price of $10 ($1.50 of which goes to the Religious Studies Club), visit the Religious Studies Department office.

Posted on 2/13/2013 1:55:14 PM

Religious Studies Club Meeting, February 19

The Religious Studies Club will meet next Tuesday, February 19, at 7:00 p.m. outside Java City in the library.

Posted on 2/13/2013 1:20:27 PM

Congratulations to Kwasi Yirenkyi on His Retirement

On Saturday, January 26, 2013, the Religious Studies Department, friends, and family gathered at the Coventry Inn to bid farewell to Kwasi Yirenkyi as he began his much-deserved retirement.

Posted on 2/6/2013 1:05:49 PM

Committee for the Study of Culture and Religion Meeting, February 6

Meet at 7:00 p.m. outside Java City in the Library.

Posted on 2/4/2013 12:50:20 PM

Downie Leads “Make It Real: Learning to Learn” for Six O'Clock Series at IUP Punxsutawney

Professor Alison Downie led a Six O'Clock Series event entitled “Make it Real: Learning to Learn” at IUP Punxsutawney on January 29, 2013. The presentation was designed to help students think about the learning process at the university level.

Posted on 2/1/2013 6:12:19 PM

Religious Studies Club Meeting

The Religious Studies Club will have its first meeting of the semester on Tuesday, February 5, at 7:00 p.m. in the library.

Posted on 1/30/2013 1:26:40 PM

Downie Presents on Teaching Critical Thinking about World Religions

Alison Downie, Religious Studies, presented “Stepping Back to Go Forward”
at the PASSHE Emerging and Innovative Teaching, Learning, and Assessment Practices to Ensure Student Success Conference at Shippensburg University on October 19–20, 2012.

Posted on 12/13/2012 9:43:26 PM

Downie Leads “Celebrating Religious Diversity at IUP-Punxsy”

Professor Alison Downie, Department of Religious Studies, led the IUP Punxsutawney Six O'Clock Series event “Celebrating Religious Diversity at IUP-Punxsy” on September 11, 2012

Posted on 12/10/2012 12:47:21 PM

Religious Studies Holiday Party and Retirement Celebration for Kwasi Yirenkyi, December 6

Please join us for a special occasion at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 6, to celebrate Professor Yirenkyi's retirement and the holidays.

Posted on 12/4/2012 6:43:35 PM

Morales Presents on Representations of Latino Muslim in the Media at American Academy of Religion Conference

Harold Morales presented a paper on media portrayals of Latino Muslims at the American Academy of Religion conference in Chicago, November 17–20, 2012. In “Latino Muslim by Design: Reductive Binaries in American News Media,” Morales examined representations of Latino Muslims in news media and responses to these productions.

 

Posted on 11/27/2012 11:31:48 PM

Holm Presents on Aramean Religion in Ancient Egypt

Tawny Holm, Department of Religious Studies, presented a paper entitled “Nanaya and the Arameans” in the Aramaic Studies section at the National Society of Biblical Literature conference, held in Chicago November 17–20, 2012.

Posted on 11/22/2012 7:11:49 PM

Gabrielle Kennedy Awarded 2012–2013 Fabiny Scholarship

The Department of Religious Studies is happy to announce that the 2012–2013 Emily A. Fabiny Memorial Scholarship has been awarded to Gabrielle Kennedy, a junior at IUP majoring in Religious Studies.

Posted on 11/12/2012 11:03:48 AM

Screening of Spike Lee’s “Malcolm X”

The Religious Studies Club invites you to eat pizza, watch Spike Lee’s film Malcolm X, and have a discussion about religion in the public sphere on Sunday, October 21.

Posted on 10/17/2012 12:24:59 PM

Religious Studies Department Announces Search in Christianity

The Department of Religious Studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Christianity at the assistant professor rank beginning August 2013.

Posted on 10/15/2012 1:45:04 PM

Book Reading: Thunderers and Water Monsters in the Ojibwe Life-World

Terri Smith, Department of Religious Studies, will discuss her book The Island of the Anishnaabeg: Thunderers and Water Monsters in the Ojibwe Life-World at Breakfast and a Book, sponsored by the IUP Libraries, on October 25, 2012.

Posted on 10/2/2012 10:36:24 AM

A Celebration of the Life of Kipp Seelhorst

The Committee for the Study of Culture and Religion, the Department of Religious Studies, and the Religious Studies Club invite everyone to a celebration of the life of Kipp Seelhorst on Sunday, October 7, 2012. Kipp, who was majoring in Religious Studies at IUP, passed away on May 7.

Posted on 9/28/2012 8:34:01 PM

Religious Studies Club Meeting, September 25

The next meeting of the Religious Studies Club will be on September 25 at 8:00 p.m. in room 210 of Stabley Library. Come join us to discuss various religious traditions and their relevance in contemporary society.

Posted on 9/18/2012 4:45:32 PM

Apply for the Religious Studies Fabiny Scholarship

Fabiny Scholarship applications are now being accepted from all Religious Studies majors and double majors. The deadline is October 1, 2012.

Posted on 9/17/2012 10:44:37 AM

R. Thomas Schaub Essay Contest Winners for 2012

The Department of Religious Studies is pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 R. Thomas Schaub essay contest.

Posted on 5/21/2012 12:01:25 PM

Tibetan Buddhist Monks to Spend Week at IUP Creating Sand Mandala

Ten Buddhist monks will be at IUP from October 24–31, 2011, to create a sand mandala and to perform Tibetan chanting and dance. Once the mandala is done on October 31, it will be left on display for an hour and then swept up.

Posted on 10/21/2011 12:01:18 PM

Holm Publishes on Biblical Daniel Narratives

Dr. Tawny Holm’s book, Of Courtiers and Kings: The Biblical Daniel Narratives and Ancient Story-Collections, will be published in the series “Explorations in Ancient Near Eastern Cultures.”

Posted on 4/18/2011 12:02:36 PM

R. Thomas Schaub Essay Contest: Submit Your Work Now

The competition is open to all IUP undergraduates, and is not restricted to papers from or related to a course taught by a Religious Studies Department professor.

Posted on 3/28/2011 12:50:27 PM

Disney Awarded 2010–2011 Fabiny Memorial Scholarship

The Department of Religious Studies is pleased to announce that the 2010-2011 Emily A. Fabiny Memorial Scholarship was recently awarded to Adina K. Disney.

Posted on 3/16/2011 11:31:41 AM

Religious Studies Course in Scotland: Applications Welcome

This is an upper-level Religious Studies course offered during the Summer pre-session (May 9–May 30, 2011).

Posted on 2/9/2011 11:44:56 AM

Smith's Book, “Island of the Anishnaabeg,” Reprinted

Dr. Theresa Smith’s book, The Island of the Anishnaabeg: Thunderers and Water Monsters in the Ojibwe World, is being reprinted by the University of Nebraska Press.

Posted on 11/18/2010 10:20:30 AM

Yirenkyi Publishes on Atheism and Secularity in Ghana

“Atheism and Secularity in Ghana,” a co-authored chapter by Dr. Kwasi Yirenkyi, Department of Religious Studies, has been published in Atheism and Secularity, vol. 2, “Global Expressions.”

Posted on 10/7/2010 12:17:11 PM

Meloney, Religious Studies Alumnus, Discusses His Buddhist Journey

Trevor Maloney will speak about his spiritual journey in “How I Got from There to Here: The Journey of a Buddhist Priest” on April 8, 2010.

Posted on 4/6/2010 9:25:19 AM

Religious Studies Essay Contest 2010

Submissions for the 2010 R. Thomas Schaub Religious Studies Essay Contest are now being accepted. Submissions are due on April 28, 2010.

Posted on 4/5/2010 3:10:08 PM

Smith Publishes in “Studies in American Indian Literature”

“Landscape as Narrative, Narrative as Landscape,” a coauthored paper by Theresa Smith, Department of Religious Studies, was accepted for publication by Studies in American Indian Literature.

Posted on 3/31/2010 4:19:04 PM

Religious Studies Student Young Awarded Academic Scholarship

The Pittsburg Theological Seminary has awarded Religious Studies major Bridget Young with an $8,000 academic scholarship.

Posted on 3/31/2010 4:03:39 PM

Smith Presents “Road to Medicine and Magic”

On September 28, 2009, Dr. Theresa Smith of the Department of Religious Studies delivered an invited lecture, “The Road to Medicine and Magic,” at Central Michigan University.

Posted on 10/22/2009 3:42:09 PM

Walker Awarded 2008-2009 Emily A. Fabiny Memorial Scholarship

The Department of Religious Studies has announced that the 2008-2009 Emily A. Fabiny Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Carole Walker, a senior with a double major in Philosophy and Religious Studies as well as a Studio Fine Arts minor.

Posted on 10/22/2009 3:38:11 PM

R. Thomas Schaub: Still Publishing after All These Years

Since his retirement in 1999, retired Religious Studies professor R. Thomas Schaub is still publishing.

Posted on 9/17/2009 3:42:13 PM

Holm Publishes on Fiery Furnace in the Book of Daniel

Dr. Tawny Holm’s article “The Fiery Furnace in the Book of Daniel and the Ancient Near East” was published in Summer 2009 in the Journal of the American Oriental Society.

Posted on 9/17/2009 3:11:42 PM

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