Religion Department

"Dartmouth is truly a special place"

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, because writin a documentary is so different from writing academic discourse," said Jones. "I've just begun my Ph.D. at Yale, and I'm seeing firthand how exceptional it is for dartmouth students to have the kind of opportunities that would only go to grad students at any other school. I'm thinking especially of how grateful I am for faculty like Professor Blmer and Professor Andew McCnn in the English Department, who - not to be over-dramatic - made it possible for me to think and to live.

"Is Dartmouth a Religion?"

"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 Dartmouth Alumni Magazine.

The Study of Religion at Dartmouth

Religion lies at the core of all cultures and societies. An objective understanding of religion is thus a crucial component of a liberal arts education. The Department of Religion offers a rich list of courses on the major religions of the ancient and modern world, as well as courses on religion and ethics, the nature of religious belief, myth and ritual, religion and gender, and many other topics. The Department also offers a foreign study program at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Many students find that a major, modified major, or minor in Religion is an excellent choice of concentration in the liberal arts. Watch our brief video here:

J. Edward Wright returns to Religion Department for Spring 2019 Term

J. Edward Wright is returning again this Spring Term for his seventh teaching term at Dartmouth! Professor Wright has been a distinguished visiting professor at Dartmouth over the years since 2006, and has consistently received student praise for quality teaching, great lectures, guided discussions, mentorship, and being available outside of class. He is Professor of Hebrew Bible and Early Judaism at the University of Arizona and serves as the Director of the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies.

A Pioneering Surgeon's Journey from Liberal Arts to Medicine

The Geisel School of Medicine News profiles noted physician-researcher Andrea Hayes-Jordan D'87, MED '91, a Religion major at Dartmouth who worked in a leukemia lab at the medical school as an undergraduate and is now professor and chief of the Division of Pediatric Surgery at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Read more about her in Dartmouth Medicine and the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine.


Faculty Search: Lecturer in Asian Religions

The Department of Religion at Dartmouth College invites applications for a one-year Lecturer position in Asian Religions during the 2019-20 academic year (September 2019-June 2020). We seek applications from candidates who specialize in either Japanese or Southeast Asian religions, whose academic specialization lies in religion or in an academic discipline relating to the study of religion. The successful candidate will be grounded in both theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of religion, as well as the relevant primary languages.

Vaughn Booker Jr. gives keynote address at Martin Luther King Jr. employee breakfast

At the 2019 Martin Luther King Jr. employee breakfast Monday, Assistant Professor Vaughn Booker Jr. ’07 drew on the words of King and fellow civil rights leaders James Lawson and Mary Lou Williams to talk about the transformative value and dignity of work. View Prof. Booker's talk here.

Booker quoted King from a sermon at Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church in 1965: “What makes a job menial? I’m tired of this stuff about menial labor. What makes it menial is that we don’t pay folk anything. Give somebody a job and pay them some money so they can live and educate their children and buy a home and have the basic necessities of life. And no matter what the job is, it takes on dignity.”

Greed & God

Why is money so important to us? In his recent TED-type talk, "Greed and God," in Nijmegen, The Netherlands, Prof. Devin Singh points to Christianity for an explanation. From the start, he claims, Christian thinkers have connected ideas about God to economic concepts. In doing so, money gained an important, because godly, status. Watch the video of his talk: