College of Letters & Science

Catherine Wessinger on the Cult Narrative and the Branch Davidians

Event Date
Morgridge Auditorium, Grainger Hall
Event poster for Catherine Wessinger's talk

Catherine Wessinger, Rev. H. James Yamauchi, S.J. Professor of the History of Religions at Loyola University New Orleans, will speak on "The Cult Narrative and the Branch Davidians" on May 3rd at Grainger Hall. Wessinger will present her research on the media’s depiction of the Branch Davidian community as part of the ongoing collaboration between the UW Madison Religious Studies Program and the UW-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication.


Welcome Back and Fall Updates

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!

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!