Welcome Professor Robert Baum

Professor Robert Baum was featured in a recent Dartmouth Now article highlighing some of the new scholars who have joined Dartmouth's faculty this academic year. Professor Baum has a joint appointment with the Religion Department and the African and African-American Studies program, specializing in African religions. Professor Baum is completing a book on the history of Diola women's prophetic movements.

Catharine Randall on "The Wisdom of Animals"

Senior Lecturer Catharine Randall's latest book, The Wisdom of Animals: Creatureliness in Early Modern French Spirituality, has just been published by the University of Notre Dame Press. Tom Conley, Abbot Lawrence Lowell Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard, comments, “Here is a book that breathes and inspires: terse and compelling, every page written with flair and force, The Wisdom of Animals reaches into the past to remind us that we are animals and that we must commit our faith to the world that, by no casual miracle, it is a gift for us to inhabit."

Professor Christopher MacEvitt named ACLS Fellow

Professor Christopher MacEvitt has been awarded a Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies. As a Burkhardt Fellow, he will spend the 2015-16 academic year at the American Academy in Rome, working on a book-length study of the fourteenth-century Mediterranean from two competing perspectives of Jerusalem, “Jerusalem Lost: the Holy Land and Islam in Christian Memory.” The first preserved the memory of Jerusalem among the Latin individuals and ecclesiastical institutions that fled from the Holy Land before the Mamluk conquest in 1291. The second perspective was that of western Europeans in the same era who re-imagined the Holy Land through local recreations, such as Nativity scenes and the Holy House of Loreto, and through the Franciscan presence in the Holy Land itself, an image that left little place for the crusader kingdom that had flourished for two centuries.

New Summer Term Course!

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 Testament, and contemporary Graeco-Roman texts. Open to all classes.

  

 

 

 

 

 

2014 James & David Orr Lecture

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.

2014 orr Lecture

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