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  • REL 19 (10A) When People Were Gods (Instructor: Visiting Edinburgh Professor Matthew Novenson)
    In ancient religions, the boundary between gods and human beings was penetrable. This was true not only for Greek and Romans, but in different ways for Jews and Christians, as well. In this class we will read ancient accounts of Moses, Julius Caesar, Jesus of Nazareth, and other people who became gods. We will also consider views of the nature of the gods from the Hebrew Bible, the New...

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  • Professor Randall Balmer, who teaches a class on Sports, Ethics, and Religion at Dartmouth, wrote an essay, "Super Bowl: Sacred and Profane," for the Sunday, February 2, 2014 Valley News (click here to see article; subscription may be required).

  • On Thursday, April 24, 2014, at 4:15pm in 041 Haldeman Hall, Farid Esack (Department of Religion Studies, University of Johannesburg, South Africa) will present the Department of Religion's James & David Orr Lecture on Culture and Religion at Dartmouth College. The title of his talk is The Contemporary Democracy and the Human Rights Project – Challenges for the Progressive Muslim Intellectual. A reception will follow, and all are invited to attend.

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  • Professor Susannah Heschel delivered an invited plenary address on race at the Society of Jewish Ethics' annual meeting in Seattle, Washington, in January 2014.

  • Professor Susan Ackerman has been appointed President of the New England and Eastern Canada Region of the Society of Biblical Literature. Read her "Welcome from the President" here.

  • Professor Susannah Heschel has been appointed to the editorial board of the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. She will serve in a newly-established position as liaison to the academic community.

  • Professor Susan Ackerman has been appointed president of the American Schools of Oriental Research, an organization that supports and encourages the study of the Near East, from the earliest times to the present. ASOR has more than ninety consortium institutions, including universities, seminaries, museums, foundations, and libraries, and it has more than 1,550 individual members. Read Professor Ackerman's  "Welcome from the President"...

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  • On December 7, 2013, Professor Susannah Heschel gave the keynote address at Erudition and Commitment: A conference in honour of Angelika Neuwirth, held at the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften in Berlin. The theme of her talk was "Islam and Jewish-German Self Understanding."

  • A group that includes an imam, a rabbi, and a minister plans to build a multi-faith prayer space atop the ruins of St. Peter’s Church in Berlin, but critics say the group is ignoring the site’s “horrific past,” The Atlantic writes.

    Noted German historian Manfred Gailus has brought attention to the site’s history, says the magazine, including the notoriously anti-Semitic pastor of the church during the 1940s, Walter Hoff, and his role in the Holocaust.

    Gailus’ academic...

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  • Research that some believe could lead to the creation of “designer babies” has raised a number of ethical issues, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has scheduled a hearing later this month to consider them, NPR reports.

    The research in question would make changes to some of the genetic material in a woman’s egg, and thereby, the scientists hope, prevent genetically transmitted diseases from being passed down through the generations, NPR reports.

    To address some of the...

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