College of Letters & Science

OMG: Religion and Communication Management in Social Networks

Event Date
1310 Sterling Hall
Poster for Kathryn Lofton's talk

A lecture by Kathryn Lofton Professor of Religious Studies, American Studies, and History; Chair of Religious Studies; and Deputy Dean for Diversity and Faculty Development at Yale University.

Professor Lofton is one of most exciting voices in Religious Studies today. Her book, Oprah: The Gospel of an Icon (2011) looks at contemporary spirituality via the multimedia world of Oprah Winfrey. Consuming Religion (2017) analyzes religion and its relationship to consumption via examples ranging from the Kardashians and Goldman Sachs Group. More about Professor Lofton at

Sponsored by the University Lectures Committee, Religious Studies Program and Digital Studies Program


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!