Ancient Iran: Cosmology, Mythology, History presents Iran's pre-Islamic history within the context of both its complex cosmology and rich mythology. More information available at https://titles.cognella.com/ancient-iran-9781609275211.html
Professor William O. Beeman, Chair of the Department of Anthropology, interviewed with KFAI's Catalyst on February 9, 2012 on Iran and the current political situation. You can access the interview through their web site for two weeks at
Recent Religious Studies graduate Carmen Wood will begin an internship with GreyWolf Press in 2012!
Jeanne Kilde's article, "The Park 51/Ground Zero Controversy and Sacred Sites as Contested Space," was recently published by the open access, peer-reviewed journal Religions.
View it online
University of Minnesota Libraries has recently acquired new titles in Religious Studies. Learn More
The Religious Studies Program is pleased to announce the addition of two new "core" members and eight new "affiliated" members to its ranks.
New members include:
The Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions in the Divinity School of the University of Chicago, and author of groundbreaking work on myth and Hinduism, will be the featured speaker at this year's Religious Studies Summer Workshop. The workshop will focus on research and teaching around issues in Text and Orality and will also feature U of M faculty speakers. The workshop is planned for Monday, May 24 (9:00 - 4:00) and Tuesday, May 25 (9:00 - 12:00). Registration for the workshop (seating is limited) will begin in late March but pre-registration for U of M faculty and graduate students is available immediately by contacting Jeanne Kilde at email@example.com.
On Wednesday, December 9, 2009, Professor Calvin Roetzel, Sundet Chair in New Testament and Christian Studies, gave his final classroom lecture as a university professor culminating a long career as an internationally recognized New Testament and Pauline scholar.
Friday, February 19
4:00pm in 275 Nicholson
Sundet Lecture sponsored by Classical and Near Eastern Studies. Speaker, title, and flier forthcoming.
Applications for the Harold C. Anderson Scholarship in Religious Studies are due April 1, 2010. The competition is open to current sophomores and juniors majoring in Religious Studies. The Harold C. Anderson scholarship is funded by friends who wish to commemorate Dr. Anderson's generosity and support of students of the University of Minnesota as well as his interest in Religious Studies. This year we plan to make one or more awards of $4,000 each.
Students who wish to apply should submit:
1. A one-page statement of personal and academic goals in Religious Studies
2. A one-page statement of education-related financial need
3. A transcript (which may be unofficial)
4. A letter (e-mail) of recommendation from a faculty instructor (e-mails should be sent directly to Jeanne Kilde at firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Religious Studies Program is pleased to announce the appointment of Ann Waltner (History, Asian Languages & Literatures, and Institute for Advanced Study) as Director of Graduate Studies.
The Program heartily thanks Phil Sellew (Classical and Near Eastern Studies) for his many years of dedicated service in the position.
The Religious Studies Program is pleased to announce the addition of four new faculty "core" members and two new faculty "affiliated" members to its ranks.
New members include:
According to the American Historical Association, the most frequently selected field of interest among their members in 2009 was "history of religion," which was selected by 7.7% of the 15,055 members. Religion nudged out Cultural History for the top spot by a mere .2% More information can be found here.
History professor and Religious Studies Steering Committee member, Ann Waltner uncovers the story of Ming-era Tanyangzi: visionary, mystic, immortal.
Read the premier issue of the Religious Studies Program newsletter (PDF).
The Jewish Women's Archive is proud to announce the launch of the online version of Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia, originally produced by Alice and Moshe Shalvi of Shalvi Publishing Ltd. This new resource will be available for free at jwa.org/encyclopedia beginning March 1, 2009.
Sacred Power, Sacred Space: An Introduction to Christian Architecture and Worship, by Religious Studies Program director, Jeanne Halgren Kilde, has just been published by Oxford University Press.