News & Events

  • To honor the graduating majors and minors of the Department of Religion, the faculty are holding a commencement reception on Saturday, June 11, 2016, from 4:30-6:30pm, in 209 and 210 Thornton Hall. The Department's annual prizes are also given out at this event. All graduating majors, modified majors, and minors and their families are welcome to attend.

  • In his op-ed article in Religion Now, Professor Devin Singh notes that "the Panama Papers caught some of the most powerful people on the globe in the act of self-dealing. Now the public wants the guilty to come clean, step into the light, and confess their financial misdeeds." But, Singh observes, "While such confession might be an important public ritual, there are reasons...

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  • By almost any reckoning, argues Prof. Randall Balmer in his April 19, 2016, article in Religion & Politics, Ted Cruz's campaign for the Republican presidential nomination presents voters with several paradoxes. But the paradox that most intrigues Prof. Balmer is Cruz's ties to evangelicalism: "Of all the paradoxes that surround Ted Cruz, [his] flouting of the teachings of Jesus may be his defining...

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  • Daoist Ritual and Practice
    An Exhibit in Baker-Berry Library, Main Street
    Exhibit dates: April 5 – June 24

    SAVE the Date!
    RECEPTION: Thursday, May 5, from 4pm-6pm, Baker-Berry Library, Main Street
    Free & Open to All.
     
    You’re invited to the reception for an exhibition exploring religious interactions in traditional and modern China. Exploring specific moments from the rich tapestry of religious culture in China, the exhibit shows different ways for...

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  • Religion professors Zahra Ayubi and Randall Balmer were guests on New Hampshire Public Radio's "Exchange" program commenting on a new study by the Pew Memorial Trust that finds that while Americans overall tend to be more religious compared to people in other developed countries, the commitment is especially high among U.S....

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  • The Religion Department invited prospective majors and minors to celebrate Spring, explore the Religion major and minor, and enjoy some free gelato, on Wednesday, March 30, on the Thornton Hall front lawn. Read comments from alums who majored in Religion on our website at: http://religion.dartmouth.edu/tags/alumni-stories
     

  • I began taking religion courses at Dartmouth as a contrast to my studies as a Biology major. As I approached my senior year, I discovered that I’d taken so many of the religion courses just out of interest that I was only missing the senior seminars to take the major, so in the end I double-majored in Biology and Religion. Not only were the topics so different, but I discovered that scholars across the disciplines had very different ways of seeing the world. It was eye-opening to...

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  • It was 9/11/2001, and I had just flown into Manchester for my freshman DOC trip. The pilot on my flight from Tampa to Manchester had told us we could look out our windows and see smoke rising because a plane had just accidentally flown into one of the World Trade Center buildings. Over the next four years as a Religion major, while the misuse and misunderstanding of religion catalyze war and fuel empire-building, my studies enabled me to gain a critical grasp of religion as an immensely...

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  • When I enrolled at Dartmouth, I was one of many people who thought of religion as just "something you do" rather than as a field of study. After my first course in comparative religion, I was pretty hooked and spent the rest of my Dartmouth career studying under Professors Fred Berthold and Hans Penner, including a great trip to Edinburgh. I went on to get my Masters in Comparative Religion at the University of Washington. I eventually went on to medical school and my current career as a...

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  • As a double major in comparative religion and government, I studied the two great shapers of societies around the world. History, philosophy, literature, and art history all weaved throughout my religion classes, inspiring and enriching me. Thanks to my studies, upon graduation I felt I could engage meaningfully with individuals from anywhere in the world. Studies have shown that successful leadership starts with empathy, a quality in dwindling supply in an increasingly polarized world. By...

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