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Religious Studies News & Events

Religious Studies News & Events

  •  Would a Mormon President be a Christian President?

    Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012

    In a talk entitled "Would a Mormon President be a Christian President?," Professor James Bennett will address the role of religion in politics, specifically how it will impact the 2012 presidential election.

    The event will be held in Benson Conference Room 21 on February 29, 2012 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm.

    The event is sponsored by the Religious Studies Department.

    Click here to access a flyer for the SCU Religious Studies Speaker Series.

  •  Professor David DeCosse on the Conscience Model

    Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012
  •  Attention RS Majors and Minors: Pre-Registration

    Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012

    We would like you to take the opportunity to pre-register for all religious studies courses. Please consult the course descriptions and tentative syllabus posted on the bulletin board at the third floor Kenna hallway by the Religious Studies Department. The pre-registration period is from Wednesday, February 1st to Wednesday, February 8th. Please contact your advisor for further information.

  •  Ghost Monkeys, Trance Rituals, Eagle-Wing Mosques

    Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012

    For the first SCU Religious Studies Lecture Series, Professor David Pinault will give a speech entitled "Ghost Monkeys, Trance Rituals, Eagle-Wing Mosques: Notes from the Indonesian Archipelago."

    The event will be held in Bannan Hall #333 on February 2, 2012 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm. Refreshments will be served.

    The event is co-sponsored by the Religious Studies Department and AIMES (Arabic, Islamic, ad Middle Eastern Studies Interdisciplinary Program).

    To access the flyer of this event, please click here.

  •  Professor Jim Bennett speaks on religion and the 2012 election

    Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012

    Professor Bennett sits down with NBC news to offer his thoughts on how Romney's religion may impact the upcoming election.

  •  Dept. Chair Gary Macy Speaks with NCR

    Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012

    Professor Gary Macy lent his thoughts on the theologian's role in church and academia to National Catholic Reporter

  •  Professor Gary Macy on CBS Sunday Morning's Show

    Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011

    Professor Gary Macy is interviewed on CBS Sunday Morning's show on divisions in the Catholic Church.


    Click here for more.

  •  Fall 2011 Perspectives Newsleter

    Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011

    This newsletter highlights the happenings of the department, revealing what happens beyond the classroom and the gradebooks. This issue includes a look at Bernard J. Hanley Visiting Professor, Brian Massingale, students' experiences with internships, fellowships abroad, Professor Pinault's experiences at a conference in Shanghai as well as updates from alumni.


    Click here to view the newsletter.

  •  New Course in Catholic Studies Program

    Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011

    Father Michael McCarthy, S.J., Lulu Santana, and Greg Schultz will be teaching the new course ASCI 150: Catholic 101 this Winter 2012 on Tuesdays from 7:15-9:15pm.

    The class is a 2 unit Pass/No Pass course that offers an introduction and discussion of basic beliefs, practices, and characteristics of the Catholic tradition. It will enable Catholic students to deepend their understanding of their faith, to ask intelligent questions about it, and to live it with greater maturity. For non-Catholic students, it will provide a practical introduction to the religious tradition that has been Santa Clara University's founding inspiration. Course sessions will include input from the instructors, as well as continued reflection from students on Catholic views toward God, Christ, the Church, the Bible, sacraments, concrete ethical issues, as well as the life of the world to come.

  •  New Course: Latinos and Lived Religion in the US

    Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011

    Professor Socorro Castañeda-Liles will be offering RSOC 12: Latinos and Lived Religion in the US for the Winter 2012 quarter. It will be MWF at 11:45-12:50pm.

    The class will introduce students to the ethnic and religious diversity among Latinas and Latinos living in the United States as well as expose students to the ways in which Latinos appropriate Christian, Indigenous, and Afro-Latino religions in their everyday lives. Students will explore the ways that the materialization of Latina/o devotional practices, unveil how Latina/os make religion meaningful and palpable for themselves in the context of the trials and tribulations of life in the United States.

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