Religious Studies Blog

Posted on December 5th, 2022

Fall Semester is wrapping up and Spring is just around the corner! We’ve got lots of exciting courses on tap for Fall 2023 – and who knows, it could be the start of your journey to being a best-selling author like Indiana resident, John Green, who majored in Religious Studies at Kenyon College. Check out …

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Posted on February 14th, 2024 by Sydney Bielefeld

In a time where the humanities are often overlooked in favor of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) disciplines, Dr. Rachel Wheeler, our esteemed department chair, proposed a groundbreaking solution to revitalize the humanities: one-credit “co-labs” attached to STEM courses. Dr. Wheeler’s innovative idea seeks to address the imbalance between technical skills and essential humanistic …

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Posted on January 12th, 2024 in Blog, Students by Sydney Bielefeld

What can a religious studies major or minor offer you? How does it benefit? Read what some students have to say about their time in religious studies. “Religious studies is very eye opening. We get to learn and talk about so many topics that most people don’t talk about often in an academic way.” – …

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Posted on October 26th, 2023 in Blog, Classes by Sydney Bielefeld

Prepare your Spring 2024 schedule with courses in Religious Studies! Here are the upcoming semester course offerings: REL-R 101 Religion and Culture (3 cr.) An introduction to the diversity of human cultures from the perspective of religious studies. The course uses a case study approach to understand how religion shapes, and is shaped by, culture and …

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Posted on August 18th, 2023 by wheelerr

In May 2023, King Charles III was crowned with all the pomp and ceremony that the shrunken British Empire can still muster in the way of symbolic excess. It was a grand spectacle, made even more so by the extravagant regalia and ritual finery on display: the radiant emblems of rule encrusted with jewels, the …

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Posted on August 4th, 2023 by wheelerr

What happens when you load our Course Bulletin into ChatGPT and ask it to speak Gen Z? Read on to find out! REL R103 The Bible and Culture: Fulfills Cultural Understanding General Education Core requirement. A cultural introduction to this central text of Western civilization. Explores some of the Bible’s major themes and literatures in …

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Posted on May 5th, 2023 by wheelerr

Over the last academic year, two students Kayla McVeigh and Alondra Arriaga-Rosales, have been working as Religious Studies Community Engagement Associates (CEAs) with Dr. Kelly Hayes. As Community Engagement Associates Alondra and Kayla work with their faculty mentor on a community-centered project, conducting interviews, compiling a list of community contacts, and creating a final report …

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Posted on March 21st, 2023 by wheelerr

By Prof. Tom Davis and Kayla McVeigh “A real conversation always contains an invitation. You are inviting another person to reveal herself or himself to you, to tell you who they are or what they want.”  David Whyte About a year and a half ago, I found myself seated next to Jing Wang, a colleague …

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The day after my talk in Cedar Rapids, I visited the home of 94-year-old Aziza Igram whose family is central to the book.
Posted on February 1st, 2023 by wheelerr

While I was still writing Muslims of the Heartland: How Syrian Immigrants Made a Home in the American Midwest (NYU Press, 2022), I became determined to take the book back to the places where its stories unfolded from the 1890s to the 1940s. At first, I thought that perhaps I should do one big road trip and …

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Posted on October 3rd, 2022 by wheelerr

Peter J. Thuesen In the fall of 1989, I arrived as a freshman at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with dreams of an eventual career in journalism or the foreign service.  I was particularly fascinated by Russia—Mikhail Gorbachev was then pursing the reforms that would end in the Soviet Union’s collapse—but the …

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