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Religious Studies News & Events

Religious Studies News & Events

  •  Religious Studies Award Winners and TAK Inductees

    Wednesday, Jun. 11, 2014

    Religious Studies Award Recipients


    Religious Studies Prize for the Academically Outstanding Major: Vaniah Holtz

    Theodore Mackin, Award for the finest Senior Paper: Katherine Burkhuch

    Joseph Grassi Social Justice Award: Joseph Alexander-Short and Celia Trujillo

    Chair’s Recognition Award for Outstanding Academic Promise and Commitment to the Profession: Seher Siddiqee

    Tennant C. Wright, S.J. Award for the Outstanding Minor: Erin Callister and Edward Nugent

    Catherine Bell Award for a Junior major of exceptional academic achievement and promise: Jonathan Homrighausen


    The following students were inducted to Theta Alpha Kappa, the national honor society for religious and theological studies:

    Jennifer Savage*

    Claire Bevan*

    Marko Buljan*

    Erin Callister*

    Tyson Dethlefson

    Anthony Ferrari

    Maira Gutierrez*

    Jonathan Homrighausen

    Ian Layton

    Jared Mainini*

    Edward Nugent*

    Beverly Olivo

    Gina Pasqualli

    Amia Nash

    Estelle Richardson*

    Alison Rogel*

    Callie Wallace*

    *Graduating Senior


    The following graduates were already TAK members and received honor cords to wear at graduation:

    Joseph Alexander-Short

    Katherine Burkhuch

    Vaniah Holtz

    Seher Siddiqee

    Celia Trujillo

    Veronica Herr

    Katya Nemec

    Nicholas Staib

    Stephanie Traulsen


    The following Religious Studies Major received the Richard J. Riordan Award in recognition of her outstanding contributions to service through her work with the marginalized and underserved populations outside of the University community:

    Celia Trujillo

  •  Consider a Minor in Religious Studies

    Wednesday, Jun. 11, 2014

    It’s SO EASY to be a Religious Studies Minor!


    With your Core RTC requirements alone, you are almost halfway there!

    A Religious Studies minor requires only seven courses

    Courses                                              Areas

    1.                         First Level Course (SCTR, TESP, or RSOC 1-19)

    2.                         Second Level Courses (SCTR, TESP, or RSOC 20-99)

    3.                         Third Level Courses (SCTR, TESP, or RSOC 100+)

    4.                         Religious Studies Seminar

    For more information, contact:

    James Bennett, Director of Undergraduate Studies and RS Minor Advisor

    Or, stop by the Religious Studies Office (Kenna 323)

  •  David Pleins' New Book

    Wednesday, Jun. 11, 2014

    Prof. David Pleins has recently published a new book entitled In Praise of Darwin: George John Romanes and the Evolution of a Darwinian Believer (Bloomsbury, 2014). The book discusses Dr. Pleins's surprising rediscovery of a "Memorial Poem" written by a close friend and colleague of Charles Darwin. The poem honors Darwin in his passing. The manuscript had been lost to the public eye for more than a century. A generous donor purchased the document for SCU's University Library. The "Memorial Poem" is actually a sizable collection of poems that reflect on religious belief in light of Darwin's life and work. Surprisingly, Romanes was a religious skeptic but it seems that with Darwin's death he had a change of heart regarding faith. The poems were written in secret and were not published widely, so after 100 years they are finally seeing the light of day! That someone from Darwin's inner circle could write so passionately about religious faith serves to challenge the notion that Darwinians must always be opposed to belief.


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