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Religious Studies professors Kurtis Schaeffer and Charles Mathewes welcome 25 faculty and advanced graduate students from across the U.S. to their NEH Summer Institute for College and University Faculty on “Problems in the Study of Religion.” Over the course of three weeks, they will explore the “enormously productive re-thinking of the idea of ‘religion’ that has happened in recent years.” Participants will develop a “richer and more nuanced understanding of the strengths and weaknesses, the opportunities and pitfalls, that come with using the category of ‘religion’ to understand highly diverse manifestations of human practice and belief within the United States and around the world today.”

The leader of the largest monastery in China (and possibly the world) will be holding a dialogue on Tibetan Buddhism and contemporary education with David Germano and Kurtis Schaeffer today, Thursday May 5th, 5pm in the Kaleidoscope Room, Newcomb Hall.

Please join us for Talal Asad's keynote lecture as part of our Virginia Colloquium on Theology Ethics and Culture. The topic is Religion and Media. 

Friday May 6th, 5:30 PM in Minor Hall 

We are pleased to announce the following courses available in the department this coming Summer 2016 term.

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