Religion Department

Dartmouth's Geneva Bibles

Abby Thornburg '15, who is working on an independent study project with Religion Professor Susan Ackerman this term, has mounted a small exhibit in Rauner Library focused on her research topic, Dartmouth's Geneva Bibles. You can see a photo, and read Abby's blog post here -- -- and we'd also advise a stop by Rauner to see the exhibit as well: Abby's done a great job in putting it together! It's on the ground floor, just inside the entrance and to the right. Enjoy!

Multiverse Cosmologies & the Entanglement of Religion & Science

  • Mary-Jane Rubenstein, Associate Professor and Chair of Religion at Wesleyan University
  • Friday, April 10, 2015
  • 4:15-5:30pm
  • 6 Steele Hall
  • Free and open to all
  • Reception to follow, in Fairchild Tower area (first floor)
  • Book sale & signing

Mary-Jane Rubenstein is also core faculty in the Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at Wesleyan. Her research interests include continental philosophy, theology, gender and sexuality studies, and the history and philosophy of cosmology. She is the author of Strange Wonder: The Closure of Metaphysics and the Opening of Awe and Worlds Without End: The Many Lives of the Multiverse (which will be available for sale and signing after her talk).

Professor Susan Ackerman on cultural vandalism in Iraq

Professor Susan Ackerman '80, Preston H. Kelsey Professor in Religion, professor of women's and gender studies and Jewish studies at Dartmouth, and also president of the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR), was interviewed for Dartmouth Now about the destruction of ancient Assyrian artifacts by Islamic State (ISIS) militants in Iraq, which has led to a joint statement from ASOR, the Association of Art Museum Directors, the Archaeological Institute of America, and the Society for American Archaeology deploring the destruction and calling on authorities to support the archaeological community's efforts to repair damaged works if possible, and to find an reclaim missing objects. Read the entire interview here.

Tomoko Masuzawa to give Annual Hardigg Public Lecture

Tomoko Masuzawa on "The Secular Bible: Biblical Scholarship and the University in the 19th Century"

Thursday, February 12, 2015
002 Rockefeller Center
Free and open to all

Tomoko Masuzawa is Professor of History and Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan. Her fields of special interest are modern European intellectual history (19th century), discourss on religion, history of human sciences, and psychoanalysis. She is the author of The Invention of World Religions (University of Chicago Press, 2005).

Professor Susannah Heschel on the Selma to Montgomery March

“Few events in history of the United States are as inspiring as the march from Selma. Walking across the Edmund Pettus Bridge (named for a Confederate general) opened a door, inviting all Americans to join in unity against segregation and racism,” says Professor Susannah Heschel in a Jewish Daily Forward opinion piece about her father, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, who was among those who marched with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from Selma to Montgomery in 1965.

Professor Randall Balmer named Faculty Fellow

Professor Randall Balmer (upper left) has been appointed by Dartmouth president Philip Hanlon to serve as a faculty fellow in the new Dartmouth Society of Fellows, an interdisciplinary community that will support the integration of research and teaching excellence. The faculty fellows will mentor a cohort of newly-minted postdoctoral fellows, who will arrive on campus a year from now. Professor Balmer says the Society will play a central role in energizing intellectual life and scholarly productivity at the College. "I'm honored that the president has chosen me to lead this initiative, and I look forward to working with the other faculty fellows during its formative stages," he says.

Professor Ronald M. Green's new book

Oxford University Press has just published a new book edited by Professor Ronald M. Green and Nathan J. Palpant, Suffering and Bioethics. The book brings together scientists and scholars from the fields of medicine, biology, neuroscience, theology, and bioethics to examine the meaning of suffering and its implications for medical interventions and medical training.

Professor Ronald M. Green on physician-assisted suicide

"There has been such monolithic opposition to assisted suicide from Christianity. To see this monolithic wall crack a little bit, from such a respected figure as Bishop Tutu, in particular, I think that it will reinforce the moral reasons that have come forth," says Professor Ronald Green in a forthcoming Lancet Oncology story about the debate in the United Kingdom to legalize physician-assisted suicide.