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Religious Studies News & Events

Religious Studies News & Events

  •  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.

  •  Interested in Grad School?

    Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011

    Representatives from Boston College, Santa Clara's Jesuit School of Theology and Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries will be holding info nights to inform those interested in graduate programs and to answer any questions. The information is as follows:


    Boston College School of Theology:
    Speaker: Sarah Attwood (SCU 07)
    Thursday, November 3rd
    Kenna Hall 300A
    Please RSVP to by November 1st.
    Website (click here)

    Jesuit School of Theology/Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries
    Speakers: Grace Hogan (IO.P.), Bill Dohar (GPPM)
    Thursday, November 10th
    Kenna Hall 300A
    Please RSVP to by November 7th.
    JST Website (click here)
    GPPM Website (click here)


  •  The Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest 2012

    Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011



    Prize in Ethics Essay Contest 2012 

    The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity


    The Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics is an annual competition that challenges college students in the U.S. to submit essays on the urgent ethical issues that confront them in today’s complex world. Since 1989, The Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics has been encouraging students to write thought-provoking personal essays that raise questions, single out issues and are rational arguments for ethical action.


    First Prize: $5,000

    Second Prize: $2,500

    Third Prize: $1,000

    Two Honorable Mentions: $500 each


    Open to all full-time Juniors and Seniors registered at an accredited four-year college or university!


    DEADLINE: All applications must be submitted online at before December 5th 2011, 5pm PST.

    For more information and guidelines, visit


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