Religion Department

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.

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:

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:


Nancy Frankenberry on "The Fate of Radical Empiricism & the Future of Religious Naturalism"

Nancy Frankenberry, John Phillips Professor in Religion Emeritus, has published “The Fate of Radical Empiricism and the Future of Religious Naturalism” in Pragmatism and Naturalism: Scientific and Social Inquiry After Representationalism, a volume edited by Matthew C. Bagger and published by Columbia University Press (2018). Matthew C. Bagger is the contributing editor of this collection of essays by leading scholars, is Dartmouth class of 1986 and a former Religion major, and in 1996-98 was a Visiting Professor in the Department, and is now in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Alabama. His essay is entitled “Religious Apologetic, Naturalism, and Inquiry in the Thought of William James.” Terry F. Godlove of Hofstra University, who has been a Visiting Professor at Dartmouth over the years, also contributed an essay on “Non-Conceptualism and Religious Experience: Kant, Schleiermacher, Proudfoot.” The book has received acclaim from Cornel West, Richard J. Bernstein, James Kloppenberg, Eddie S. Glaude Jr., and Vincent Colapietro.

Ronald M. Green discusses DNA editing

From the WMUR News article on November 27, 2018, "A scientist in China who claims to have created genetically edited babies is under investigation and earning worldwide criticism, including from a Dartmouth College ethicist." Religion Professor Emeritus Ronald M. Green tells WMUR-TV, "The problems are that rogue researchers will go ahead and introduce new techniques that either harm the child or are unnecessary and start a kind of arms race of having to have the perfect child."  Ronald M. Green is the Eunice and Julian Cohen Professor Emeritus for the Study of Ethics and Human Values. Watch the interview here.