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Dr. Andrea Stanton awarded 2016 Kathleen Connolly-Weinert Leader-of-the-Year Award

Dr. Andrea Stanton has been selected by the Board of Theta Alpha Kappa as the 2016 recipient of the Kathleen Connolly-Weinert Leader-of-the-Year Award for her work as moderator for the Alpha Lambda Zeta chapter. Congratulations, Dr. Stanton!

If you are interested in joining the University of Denver's chapter, click here for more information.

RLGS Welcomes Dr. Dheepa Sundaram as 2016-2017 VTAP in Hindu Studies

Please join RLGS in officially welcoming Dr. Dheepa Sundaram as our Visiting Teaching Assistant Professor in Hindu Studies for the 2016-2017 academic year. Dr. Sundaram just completed a postdoctoral research scholar at Columbia University, where she worked with a NEH-sponsored team on the encoding and digital conversion of Sanskrit texts. She received her PhD. in comparative and world literatures from the University of Illinois. Her research interests include Sanskrit drama, poetics and literature, religion and performance, and aesthetics and nationalism(s) in colonial and postcolonial contexts. Since completing her doctorate, she has taught courses in Hinduism, Asian religions and Sanskrit in the Department of Religious Studies and the Department of Linguistics at Indiana University (Bloomington), and served as a lecturer in the South Asian Summer Language Institute at the University of Wisconsin Madison (Madison). We are thrilled to have Dr. Sundaram join us this year!

Dr. Andrea Stanton interviewed by LA Times

"Stereotypes of Islam — including the belief that Muslims mostly live in the Middle East — have a long thread throughout history, said Andrea Stanton, an expert in Islamic studies at the University of Denver. Americans inherited the idea from Europeans, specifically from British and French traditions, she said.

'It's one of the hardest set of assumptions to challenge,' she added, but 'the separation of church and state does not mean everyone should pass as white mainline Protestant.'"

Dr. Andrea Stanton was recently interviewed by the LA Times on Bosnian Muslims. You can read the full article here.

Dr. Luis Leon promoted to Full Professor

RLGS is thrilled to announce that Dr. Luís León has been promoted from Associate to Full Professor.

We are so proud, and so lucky to have him as a colleague, scholar, and teacher in this department. If you see him on campus this summer, or are in touch by email, please be sure to congratulate him!

Interview w/ Dr. Nadia Marzouki

This May, Danny Postel of the University of Denver's Center for Middle East Studies interviewed visiting Marsico scholar Nadia Marzouki while she was in Denver for her talk "Tunisian Politics in 2016: Revolution, Reform or Restoration?" Marzouki is a Tunisian scholar and Research Fellow at the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) in Paris, author of 'L'Islam, une religion américaine?' (Islam, An American Religion?) and co-editor of 'Religious Conversions in the Mediterranean World' and 'Saving the People: How Populists Hijack Religion' (forthcoming in October 2016).

You can watch the interview here.

MA Student Padraic Fitzgerald published in JCRT

Graduating RLGS MA student Padraic Fitzgerald's article "Biopolitics and Vajrayana Buddhism" was recently published online in the Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory. Congratulations, Padraic!

You can read the first of three parts here.

Dr. Alison Schofield & the DEAD SEA SCROLLS

RLGS is excited to announce Dr. Alison Schofield as one of the three editors of the 15-volume series The Dead Sea Scrolls Editions, featuring a few texts that have never been published. Dr. Schofield is the first American scholar and first woman to be named as an editor of the Dead Sea Scrolls. You can read more about her new role here.

Dr. Schofield is currently working in the Dead Sea Scrolls lab in the Israel Museum where she has reported some breaking news – a new, nearly-complete papyrus manuscript was looted from a "new" cave in the Dead Sea area. This presents a remarkable new find, and after recovering the manuscript, the IAA is now launching a two-week excavation of this cave near the Dead Sea. There has not been an excavation of this kind in the area in the past 30-35 years, and the director of the IAA has invited Dr. Schofield to participate. You can read the official press release here.

Dr. Schofield recently gave the 2016 Livingston Lecture How the Bible Became a Book: The Rise of Scripture in Judaism and Christianity on Monday, May 2nd. You can watch the lecture below. 

CONGRATULATIONS TO RLGS UNDERGRADUATE AWARD WINNERS

Please join the Department in congratulating our undergraduate award winners:

Sharon Saltoon, Gregory A. Robbins Award

Paul Sherman, Gregory A. Robbins Award

We are proud of all our students and their many accomplishments in scholarship and service.