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  • This academic year, Japanese scholar Emily Simpson will teach the following courses:

    • In 19F, REL 19.29 (12) Women and Religion in Japan
    • In 20W, REL 19.31 (2) Religions of Japan
    • In 20S, REL 19.32 (10) Shinto: Foundations, Festivals, & Fox Shrines

    Prof. Simpson earned her B.A. from Vassar College and both her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California at Santa Barbara in East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies. She has also studied at...

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  • When I arrived at Dartmouth in September 1980 I had spent my childhood attending Mass and catechism classes at our local Catholic church.  I was intending to major in History, but an upper classman suggested I take a Religion class as the program had a great reputation.  Freshman Fall I took the Intro survey class (Religion 1) and it turned me on my head.  It lead me to ask questions of things I had never really looked at.  I suddenly became conscious of the water I had been swimming in all...

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  • When I entered Dartmouth, I thought I was going to be an Engineering Physics major and go on to live the life of, well, Dilbert.  But being in an academic environment like Dartmouth changed my perspective.  I realized that if I only pursued the academic areas in which I was already skilled, I would become too linear a thinker and ultimately, too one dimensional a person.  I began complementing my math and science studies with a variety of other courses (Art History, History, Psychology,...

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  • I can't tell you how many times in my adult life I have received odd looks from people when I tell them I majored in Religion at Dartmouth. People just don't expect it and seem to have trouble understanding it beyond the typical "did you want to be a minister/pastor/priest?" Despite those awkward moments I wouldn't change my decision on my major for anything. I have found that my Dartmouth education and my Religion major have served me well in my life, both professionally and personally....

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  • I recall thinking, as an undergrad, that Religion was interesting and unique because it was a prism through which I could explore the liberal arts broadly. It provided a coherent excuse to take courses related to Philosophy, Anthropology, History, and Sociology, all under one roof. I now have an MBA and a JD, and I work in biotechnology with MDs and PhDs---all a far cry from Mahayana Buddhism or Spinoza--but I still find myself thinking about Turner's "Betwixt and Between," among many other...

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  • Growing up, faith (and doubt) were important parts of my evolving identity. Studying religion helped me figure out
    my own belief system (agnostic, unaffiliated, and humble, like so many who have studied world religions closely).
    Majoring in religion was originally a way to "round-out" my intended pre-med studies. Instead, I left the pre-med
    track and used my religion as the perfect lens through which to view liberal arts content that intrigued me:
    philosophy, science,...

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  • Assistant Professor of Religion Zahra Ayubi has received a grant from the Greenwall Foundation’s Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics to continue her research on the intersections of bioethics, gender, and religion within the context of Islam. She is one of four scholars from around the country to receive the award this year.

    The Faculty Scholars...

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  • Congratulations to the graduating Religion majors who were awarded Department prizes at the Department's Commencement Reception on Saturday, June 8:

    • Dickinson Senior Writing Prize in Religion
      Established June 2004, The Dickinson Senior Writing Prize in Religion is awarded during the senior year by vote of the Religion Department faculty to that senior or seniors that have produced the best writing project as a culminating experience in the major or in a...
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  • At a recent celebration of Dartmouth's 250th anniversary celebration and Call to Lead campaign, Lacey Jones '16 and Religion Professor Randall Balmer discussed their collaboration on Prof. Balmer's television documentary exploring the relationship between the Orthodox Church and Alaska Natives. Lacey Jones was the lead researcher for the documentary, which is in production. "The experience introduced me to the importance of archival research. It taught me how to write in a different genre,...

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  • "Religion is about community and how societies organize and structure themselves," says Religion professor Susan Ackerman '80, who majored in Religion and has taught in the department for 29 years. This Spring Term, Prof. Ackerman taught a special 250th anniversary class, a freshman seminar entitled "Is Dartmouth a Religion?" Read about the class and her students' thoughts and comments in the current issue of the ...

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