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50th Anniversary

The Department of Religious Studies will celebrate its fiftieth anniversary throughout the 2016-2017 academic year.

To mark fifty years of scholarly research and teaching about religions—both close to home and throughout the world—we have organized an exciting series of lectures, ranging from distinguished senior visitors to exemplary young scholars.  We are especially pleased that this list of speakers includes some of our own alumni, and that one of our junior faculty will extend our tradition of inaugural lectures to showcase our research for colleagues in related fields.

In addition, we will host a Fall Homecoming reunion for our alumni.  This will coincide with a VolStarter campaign to launch a much-needed Undergraduate Research and Travel Fund for our department. 

As the centerpiece of our fundraising during this landmark year, we have also launched a Religious Studies Endowment Fund, beginning from the generosity of our founding head Ralph Norman and our longest serving head Charles H. Reynolds. Our goal is 50k for the 50th to provide increased research opportunities for our faculty and students!  For information on the work of our active and productive faculty, click here.

Please join us for these anniversary events and consider a special gift to support our 50k of the 50th goals.  We also would greatly appreciate your support for our ongoing work in teaching and outreach through initiatives such as the F. Stanley Lusby and John O. Hodges Teaching Fund, the Joan Nicoll Riedl Book Award, our Schools Outreach Project [create Outreach page and link] and Religion in the Workplace Project

With religion ever more prominent in the public sphere and on the world stage, our new slogan rightly states: “We are needed more than ever before” for the next 50 years!

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