Upcoming Events

Coffee Hour


Past Events


Departmental Coffee Hours
Once a month during the academic year we have a coffee hour for students, faculty, and staff to come together for informal discussion, coffee, tea and snacks.  We meet in the atrium area outside the faculty offices on the 2nd floor of Moyer Hall at 4:30 pm.

Fall 2017 Coffee Hour dates
Thursday, Sept. 7th
Tuesday, Oct. 10th
Monday, Nov. 13th

Religion Studies Colloquium

Friday, Oct 27, Dr. Peter Pettit, "A Time to Break Down and a Time to Build Up": Luther, Lutherans, and Jews at 500 Years, 3 pm, Seegers 111

Friday, Nov 10, Alumni Spotlight: Kelly Owens-Pisano '09, A Conversation with a Religion Studies Alum, 2 pm, Hoffman House


"Academic Freedom and the Study of Religion" by Dr. Wendy Doniger
Nov 10, 2016

The Religion Studies department is pleased to host Dr. Wendy Doniger, University of Chicago's Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions.  She will visit campus in November for a public lecture and faculty workshop, as part of the Mellon Visiting Scholars in the Humanities series.

Dr. Doniger's book The Hindus: An Alternative History, published in 2009, was challenged by Hindu conservatives and the original publisher, Penguin India, eventually agreed to cease publication of the book and destroy any remaining copies. The book has since been republished in India by a new publishing company. In an op-ed published in The Chronicle of Higher Education in April 2016, Dr. Doniger argues that her own experience and that of other scholars reflect a double threat to academic freedom: religious actors attempting to control both who can speak about a religion and which aspects of the religion should be represented. Her talk will address issues of academic freedom and freedom of speech as well as the role that religion studies plays in both thinking through these issues and in dealing with a planet in the death grip of religious hatreds.