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The First Religion Graduate Organization Meeting of the Semester

Jan 23, 2018, 12:15 PM-1:15 PM

HL 504

Danae Faulk and Aarti Patel

The first RGO meeting of the year on TUESDAY, JANUARY 23rd, 2018 at 12:15pm (following the EIR planning meeting). 

Hope to see you all there!
Snacks will be provided. 


Learn more about the Research of the Humanities Center's Dissertation Fellows

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Jan 26, 2018, 9:30 AM-11:30 AM

304 Tolley Humanities Building Humanities Center

Enjoy a refreshment as this year's Humanities Center Dissertation Fellows for 2017-18 talk about their current work:

Gender as an Affective Tool in the Thought of Abraham Joshua Heschel (Maria Carson)
Women are not explicitly discussed in Abraham Joshua Heschel’s 1951 work, The Sabbath. However, a particular kind of affective femininity is central to his larger argument about (Jewish) ritual time and space. This conception of gender as an affective technology illustrates how women in 1950s Jewish America were increasingly concerned with “marketing” Judaism to children and the broader community. Carson argues that to understand this cultural context is to understand how Heschel's work was impacted by the larger American Jewish socio-political landscape.

Paradise Lost: Melancholic Utopia and the Experience of History in Cleopatra (T.J. West III)
In the film Cleopatra (1963), viewers get a sense of hopeful mourning for a brighter future that the film never brings to fruition. The film’s narrative, driven toward failure, suffuses time-stopping, utopian spectacles with the despair of inevitable historical decline. West argues that Cleopatra expresses the profound uncertainties of a Cold War American culture struggling to find its place in history in a time when the future seemed uncertain due the ever-present possibility of atomic war.

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Departmental FPP Session on Online Teaching with Prof. Arnold

Jan 30, 2018, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

HL 504

Prof James W. Watts

This semester’s first FPP event in the Religion Department will be a discussion of Online Teaching with Prof. Phil Arnold at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, January 30th.


2018 Meeting of the Eastern International Region of the American Academy of Religion

Apr 14, 2018, 8:00 AM-8:00 PM

501 Hall of Languages

Dr. James W. Watts /

The 2018 Meeting will be held at Syracuse University, Saturday-Sunday, April 14–15. Conference theme and call for papers will be available later in the fall. Eastern International Region of the American Academy of Religion /