Religion Department

Faculty Search

 The Department of Religion at Dartmouth College seeks to hire an open-rank tenured or tenure-track scholar in Religion and Science with a specialty in one or more of the following: medical ethics or bioethics, history of science, medicine in intercultural and transnational perspective, or scientific discourse around categories of race, gender, and sexuality. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate conversance with at least one religious tradition and an articulated sensibility toward theoretical and methodological issues concerning the religion and science dialogue.

I Read, Therefore I Think

"What place do theological and confessionally religious texts have in a secular, private liberal arts curriculum?" asks Religion Professor Devin Singh in his feature article, "I Read, Therefore I Think," in the September-October, 2016, issue of the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine. Singh believes that including theology in the liberal arts curriculum can help foster generous and empathetic reading, helps disrupt the myth of academic objectivity, provides unique insights into Western culture and society, projects alternative possible worlds, and invites critical analysis. "Even as theology helped shape humanistic perspectives in the Western university and provided a framework for the liberal arts," he concludes, "its presence continues to help prepare students to analyze and respond to the full scope of human experience in the world today."

Religion Department First-Year Student Open House

Thursday, September 8, 2016
1 - 2pm
210 Thornton Hall

The Department of Religion offers a rich list of courses on a subject that you will encounter in many other departments. This is because religion is at the core of all cultures and societies. An objective understanding of this subject, therefore, is a crucial component of a liberal-arts education. The Department offers courses on the major religions of the ancient and modern world, as well as courses on religion and ethics, the nature of religious belief and language, myth and ritual, women and religion, and many other topics on the intermediate and advanced seminar levels. The Department also offers a foreign study program at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Many students find that either a major or modified major in religion is an excellent choice for a concentration in the liberal arts. Please visit the Department website for a complete listing of courses - http://religion.dartmouth.edu/undergraduate/courses - and come to our open house to meet our faculty and learn about our course offerings.

New Religion Faculty

Thirty-six scholars - including two new Religion Department faculty - joined the Dartmouth faculty in 2016. Read more about Professors Zahra Ayubi, whose research is on women and gender in prescriptive discourses and ethical thought in both pre-modern and modern Islam and also teaches in the Women and Sexuality Studies Program, and Devin Singh, who studies how the framework of religion is helpful in understanding the influence of money in economy and society, in Dartmouth Now.

Commencement Weekend Reception

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.

The Panama Papers and the Ritual of Confession

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 to believe that confession won't make the sins disappear and they'll likely happen again."

The Paradoxes of Ted Cruz

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 paradox. The man who, more than any other candidate this year, has staked his claim to evangelical piety nevertheless ignores the teachings of the man [Jesus] he claims to emulate."

Daoist Ritual and Practice

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 interacting with the divine, attaining transcendence, and establishing community. This variety of ideas and practices hint at the complex interactions between traditions and communities in China, and beyond, and show the richness of religious life and experience, limited only by the human imagination.
 
Exhibition curated by Gil Raz, with the assistance of Dennis Grady, Nienlin Xie, Xiaofan Zhang, and Laura Barrett. Cosponsored by the Religion Department, Dean of Faculty Office, and Baker-Berry Library.

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