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Religion Matters 2015: Our First Department Newsletter

Thanks to Editor-in-Chief Haley Twist and staff Chelsea Carskaddon, Jason Graham, and Zannah Kimbrel, the Department of Religious Studies proudly publishes its first newsletter.  Please let us know what you think!  2015 Religion Matters
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Department Awards Witherspoon and Underwood Scholarships for 2015-16

Congratulations to three outstanding students who have been awarded academic scholarships for 2015-2016.  Gabrielle Haley is the recipient of the Lambda Chi Alpha-Loy H. Witherspoon Scholarship.  Sabeeka Ali and Rhondra Bacon each received the Richard A. Underwood Scholarship.  All were chosen by the faculty for their exceptional academic work.  Congratulations on these well-...
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Hear Dr. Abdelmahdi Al-soudi on Charlotte Talks

Abdelmahdi Al-soudi - Visiting Scholar, UNC Charlotte Department of Religious Studies; Professor of Political Sociology and Middle East Studies, Jordan University participated on Charlotte Talks, Friday, May 1.  Listen to an archive of the broadcase here:
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Janna Shedd Awarded the College's Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Part-Time Faculty Member

  Shedd is a part-time lecturer in the Religious Studies Department of the University of North Carolina Charlotte, where she has taught since 2009. Janna completed her master’s degree at UNC Charlotte and her bachelor’s degree at UNC Asheville. Her research interests are South and East Asian religions, the effects of globalization on religion and culture, and multicultural education. For...
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UNCC at AAR in Atlanta, November 2015

Faculty and grad student papers at the American Academy of Religion meeting November 21-24, 2015, in Atlanta: Kent Brintnall:  “Heterogeneity and/as Affectivity in Georges Bataille's Sacred Sociology" in a co-sponsored session by the Cultural History of the Study of Religion Group and Religion, Affect, and Emotion Group. Joe Winters:  “Adorno, Aesthetic Experience, and The Shuddering...
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John Reeves Awarded American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship for Work on "Illuminating the Afterlife of Ancient Jewish Literature"

John Reeves was one of seventy new Fellows in a very competitive field this year for the American Council of Learned Societies.  He will be on leave for fall semester to work on his project.  The American Council of Learned Societies is pleased to announce the results of the 2014-15 ACLS Fellowship competition. This year, ACLS increased the top stipend level and the number of...
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31st Annual Witherspoon Lecture: The Impossibility of Religious Freedom

SPEAKER TO TACKLE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AT UNC CHARLOTTE WITHERSPOON LECTURE Is it possible to define “religion” and enact laws regarding religious freedoms where there is no state-established religion?  That is the topic of UNC Charlotte’s 31st Annual Loy Witherspoon Lecture in Religious Studies on Thursday, April 2. The lecture, entitled The Impossibility of Religious Freedom, will be at 7:...
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Dig Mt. Zion

SPEND TWO WEEKS THIS SUMMER IN JERUSALEM AT OUR UNC CHARLOTTE MT ZION ARCHAEOLOGICAL DIG! UNC Charlotte is the only American university excavating in the historic Old City of Jerusalem and our site is rich with material remains from all periods of habitation. Our ongoing excavation is directed by Dr. James D. Tabor and archaeologist Dr. Shimon Gibson of Jerusalem. Students earn 3 hours...
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Department Colloquium

Monday February 2, 2015 3:30 p.m. — 5:00 p.m. Macy 110 Victims of Illicit Desire: Pentecostal Men of God and the Specter of Sexual Temptation Dr. Brendan Jamal Thornton, Department of Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Pentecostal conversion creates conditions of gender distress for men living in urban poverty in the Dominican Republic.  As Christian...
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India Changes Course: Dan White to give inaugural "Great Decisions" Lecture at Center City building on January 14th from 6:30-8:00

Great Decisions is a national program of the Foreign Policy Association. In North Carolina, the Office of International Programs at UNC Charlotte is the state coordinator. Great Decisions is the largest non-partisan citizen education effort of its kind and has provided quality information and tools for over fifty years. Each year, the Foreign Policy Association publishes a Great Decisions...
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Personally Speaking Featuring James Tabor

Paul never met Jesus. His claims to represent Jesus as the 13th apostle -- last, but not least— are based wholly upon his visionary experiences. He has been both  loved and loathed, and his letters are regarded by some as the Word of God, and by others as self-delusions. Nonetheless, Tabor maintains, that Paul is the most influential human in history, the...
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Recent coverage in UNC Charlotte Magaine

Digging Jerusalem Amid Unrest Gaining a Global View
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Kevin Caldwell Named to CLASS-ACT Team

  Excerpted from   Six UNC Charlotte students from varied backgrounds will act as student advisors to the Dean’s Office in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, drawing from their experiences with their studies, internships, and leadership positions. The students are part of CLASS-ACT (CLAS Students –...
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Joanne Robinson Appointed Department Chair

The Department or Religious Studies is pleased that Joanne Robinson has accepted the position of Department Chair, succeeding James Tabor who held the position for the past ten years.  Dr. Robinson joined the department in 1996, and over the past 18 years she has taught courses in Christianity, medieval studies, and philosophy of religion.  She quickly established a solid record as...
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Artistic Work by Two M.A. Students Recognized by UNC Charlotte

M.A. student Julie Hawks garnered first place in the black & white category in the annual Graduate Student Photo Contest held by the UNC Charlotte Center for Graduate Life. M.A. student Joe Albertson's photography placed third in the same category. Congratulations to both of them! First place submission: "Farm" by Julie Hawks
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Kent Brintnall on Graduate Education

In the latest issue of "Spotlight on Teaching," a feature section of the American Academy of Religion's Religious Studies News, Associate Professor Kent Brintnall reflects on the rewards and perils of teaching in a "stand alone" M.A. program.   Context and Conversation in a Stand-Alone M.A. Program Kent L. Brintnall  |  Fall 2012 The best piece of teaching advice I ever received...
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Sean McCloud on Class, Race, and Politics

Associate Professor Sean McCloud contributed a piece to Religion & Politics, the blog of the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics of Washington University in St. Louis.    Indiana: A Hoosier Remembers Eating Government Cheese  By Sean McCloud  ι  August 22, 2012 I can’t remember when I bought it. But I do remember that I got it from...
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