News & Events
An especially Happy New Year and Welcome Back!
The New Year for Religious Studies is beginning in an exceptionally happy way as we welcome back not only students and Spring learning opportunities but also Ms. Susan Fenton as RS Program Administrator.
Welcome Back RS Students! One of the great things about summer is hearing from alums who visit Madison or send us news. This summer we heard from former RS majors and certificate students from Arizona to Atlanta. Their careers are equally wide ranging, from academic administration to audiology. Pictured here is Alison Hyde, who is putting both her RS major and Information Sciences degree to work at CNN Headquarters. RS can help you forge many paths and go many places. All the best as you take steps toward your own path in your classes this term!
Thanks to generous donations to the Religious Studies Program Fund, RS presents annual awards to recognize the extraordinary work of graduating majors.
The RS Program was in this morning's local news. The Cap Times published an article about yesterday's riveting talk by Catherine Wessinger in conjunction with the collaboration between RS and Journalism. Shout out to Profs. Ridgely and Wagner for organizing the event!
RS Professor Susan B. Ridgely was highlighted in this news story about our Religion, Journalism and International Affairs partnership. Check it out, and the calendar of upcoming events!
Affiliate Professor Mark L. Louden Named Alfred L. Shoemaker, J. William Frey, and Don Yoder Professor of Germanic Linguistics
We would like to extend our congratulations to RS affiliate professor Mark L. Louden, recently named the Alfred L. Shoemaker, J. William Frey, and Don Yoder Professor of Germanic Linguistics.
Prof. Louden teaches the only religious studies course on the Amish in the United States. We will be offering this course in Fall 2018. Stay tuned!
“So, I see here that you majored in Religious Studies…”
Will Larry (‘12) completed the Master of Theological Studies at Vanderbilt University in 2013 and is currently pursuing an MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Lipscomb University. He is also a new father.
In August 2017, Religious Studies moved from the Social Sciences building to our new home in the Bradley Memorial Building. Come visit us in our new space!
"Aretha and Religion: Reflections on the Queen of Soul, Religion, and Culture" is a faculty panel featuring Craig Werner, Alexander Shashko, Susan Ridgely, and Corrie Norman, and will take place in the H.F. DeLuca Forum. An introduction will be provided by John Baldacchino, Director of the Division of the Arts.
This session of the ACLS/Luce Center-funded project “Interactive Skill Building to Improve Religious and International Affairs Coverage in Local Journalism” will focus on searching for research topics, questions, potential hypotheses and potential modes of analysis to conduct collaborative, interdisciplinary research about religious studies and mass communication.
This talk is intended to open discussion on the issue of media representations of religious minorities in journalism. It draws upon the contrastive examples of representations of Muslims in Vietnamese and English language media. The natural purpose of this contrast is to compare the presentations of a journalistic setting where there is a very high degree of freedom of expression and a journalistic setting where there is, by all agreed upon accounts, a very low degree of freedom of expression.
Religious Studies Program Director Jordan Rosenblum will be giving a talk entitled "Why Should a Journalist Call a Religious Studies Scholar?” on Friday, October 13. This talk is a part of a series of events made possible by a grant received by Professor Susan Ridgely of the Religious Studies Program and Professor Mike Wagner of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication (SJMC). The award is from the American Council of Learned Societies. The grant’s focus is on improving and strengthening the connection between religion, journalism, and international affairs.