Dr. Vadim Putzu, Religious Studies Associate Professor specializing in Judaism, is on sabbatical. Here he shares some of his experiences: Since I am currently on the Isle of Elba (off the coast of Tuscany, Italy), I decided to follow a lead provided by our graduate student, Cody Yanez. Last semester, Cody took my “Intoxicating Religions” course, which explores the … [Read more...] about Making New Wine in Ancient Ways
Missouri State University's Department of Religious Studies is the official host of the Midwest American Academy of Religion (AAR) Conference to be held virtually this year on Thursday-Friday, 22-23 April, and Thursday-Friday, 29-30 April. We are thrilled to be hosting so many brilliant scholars, educators, and colleagues over the next two weeks at this year's regional AAR … [Read more...] about Midwest AAR Conference Begins!
The Department of Religious Studies is pleased to support MSU's Bear POWER Community Needs Based Drive in cooperation with the Bear Pantry! We keep a Bear Pantry bin in our front office, Strong 251, for anyone to place donations to the MSU community members in need (students, staff, and faculty). But for the next three weeks, 8-26 March, our donations will directly support … [Read more...] about Bear POWER Community Needs Based Drive
The MSU Graduate College has awarded yet another of our Religious Studies M.A. students the "Distinguished Thesis of the Year Award", this time to Danny R. Jones for his thesis, "How God Writes History: A Gramscian Analysis of Religion and Nature in the Writings, Life, and Legacy of John Muir", written under the direction of his advisor, Dr. Martha Finch (MSU Religious Studies … [Read more...] about REL Rocks Graduate Thesis Awards!
Our Graduate Assistants and MA students went caroling Saturday evening to the Religious Studies faculty's homes. Despite the cold weather, the singers and guitar cheered and warmed the neighborhoods with their happy, dulcet voices. Thank you, students, for the songs and joy! … [Read more...] about Holiday Caroling!