News & Events 2015-2016
50th Anniversary Lectures and Events
During the 2015-16 academic year, the Department of Religion will celebrate 50 years of the study of religion at FSU. The Department will sponsor a variety of events. For a list of these events, click here.
Faculty Awards: Jimmy Yu and Michael McVicar
The Religion Department congratulates Jimmy Yu, Associate Professor in Chinese Buddhism, for receiving the Center for Chinese Studies Grant from the National Central Library of Taiwan for the summer of 2016. The Department also congratulates Michael McVicar, Assistant Professor of American Religious History, for receiving the 2016 Risley Family Fellowship by the College of Arts and Sciences at FSU.
Student Awards: Carson Bay and David Skelton
The Religion Department congratulates Carson Bay and David Skelton, two Ph.D candidates, for receiving the Fulbright Fellowship to Germany and Rebecca Peters and Ian Reed for the AIIS fellowships to study in India next academic year. The Department also congratulates our undergrad religion major, Micah Friedman, for receiving the 2016 Humanity in Action Fellowship summer program to study in Berlin, Germany. More information will be posted in August.
New faculty: Dr. Jamil W. Drake
Dr. Jamil W. Drake (Ph.D. from Emory) will be joining the Religion Department in the fall! Dr. Drake specializes in African American religious experience and literature. More information will be posted in August.
Post-Doctoral Fellowships: David Kirkpatrick
The Religion Department welcomes two new incoming postdocs! David Kirkpatrick will be the T. Gannon Postdoctoral Associate in Religion and Douglas Gildow will be the new Sheng Yen Postdoctoral Associate in Religion. More information will be posted in August.
Bartholomeusz Lecture presents
Donald S. Lopez:Lecture 1 - “Dispatches from Nirvana: 45 Years of Buddhist Studies”
March 24, 2016, 103 Dodd Hall Auditorium, 5:00 p.m.
Lecture 2 - “Christian vs Buddhist: The Battle for the Soul of Tibet”
March 25, 2016, 103 DHA, 5:00 p.m. >>Flyer
15th Annual Graduate Student Symposium
Friday, February 19th-Sunday, February 21st. Dr. Kathryn Lofton, of Yale University, will deliver this year’s keynote address. Her lecture is titled “The Status of Celebrity in the Study of Religion”. 6:30 pm in Dodd Hall Auditorium>>Flyer
John F. Priest Lecture
Dennis MacDonald “John’s Dionysian Gospel: Imitations of Euripides’ Bacchae” Thursday, February 4, 2016, 5:00 p.m. Grand Ballroom, Alumni Center >>Flyer
Sheng Yen Lecture presents
Stephen Teiser: “Curing with Karma: Healing Liturgies in Chinese Buddhism” Thursday, Jan. 28
From 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Dodd Hall Auditorium (DHA 103)>>Flyer
15th Annual Graduate Student Symposium Call for Papers
This year’s symposium will be centered on the theme “Religion//Culture” >>Detail >>PDF
Religious Ethics presents Lecture by Dr. Ronald Green
Ronald Green: “Decoding Religion: Can We Theorize Human Religiousness?”
Wednesday, Dec. 2, 5:00pm, Broad Auditorium at the Pepper Center.
FSU’s Fall 2015 ACC ROAD SCHOLARS series
"Humanitarian Intervention" Should we use armed force for the sake of protecting human rights?
by Prof. Kenneth Himes, O.F.M.
Associate Professor, Department of Theology, Boston College Presentation at 1:00
Reception at 2:00
Robert Bradley Reading Room, Scholars’ Commons, Strozier Library
South Asian Religions presents : Lecture by Dr. Anne Monius
Anne Monius: “From Confidence to Critical Rethinking: The Study of South Asian Religions in the Wake of Said’s Orientalism” Monday, Nov. 16, 5 to 6:30pm, Broad Auditorium, Pepper Center >>Flyer
Roundtable Discussion with Prof. Blum
On Friday October 23rd (room 312 Oglesby Union Guest Services) at 3:00 p.m. the Department of Religion will host a roundtable discussion of the Wellborn Lecture. Respondents will address the issues raised in the lecture and offer a public forum to discuss Professor Blum’s work.
Ed Blum: “The Age of Miracles is Still with Us: Twelve Steps to Recovering American Religious History” Thursday, Oct. 22nd, 2015, Dodd Hall Auditorium, 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. >>Flyer
FSU Top Story : A Grand Heritage - Religion Department Cereblates Half-Century
With a distinguished faculty, high-achieving students and an outstanding national reputation, Florida State University's Department of Religion has plenty to be proud of as it celebrates its 50th anniversary this academic year.
Sheng Yen Buddhist Studies Lecture Series
Taking Critical Buddhism Seriously - Dr. Robert Sharf
Date/Time: Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Location: Dodd Hall Auditorium
Reception Honoring Retired Faculty Members
To kick off the 50th anniversary year, we invite you to join us for a reception on Sunday Sept. 20th at the Alumni Center (1030 West Tennessee Street) from 4-6 pm. We will celebrate the rich history of our department by honoring our retired faculty members. Drinks and light hors d'oeuvres will be served. This will be the first in a series of lectures and other events throughout the year to mark our anniversary.
Annual Reception for Religion Majors, Minors and Interested Students
Dodd Hall landing on Tuesday, September 8, from 5pm to 6:30pm.
Departmental Annual Reception
Please join the
Department of Religion
in our annual
Welcome Reception August 21, 2015
Dodd Hall Lobby (outside the Heritage Museum) 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Light hors d’oeuvres and drinks provided.
Program for Instructional Excellence Teaching Conference / TA Orientation: Wednesday, August 19, 2015, 9:00AM - 4:15PM
Thursday, August 20, 2015, 8:45AM - 3:40PM
Classroom Building (HCB)
Open to all graduate students, the PIE Conference and TA Orientation introduces attendees to FSU teaching resources, policies, and best practices for grading, communicating with students, encouraging critical thinking in the classroom, and Blackboard and technology usage.
The PIE TA Orientation satisfies the required graduate student TA policy training according to University-wide TA Standards. For more information, including the agenda and registration survey, please visit http://pie.fsu.edu/TA-Orientations.
The Florida State University
The Graduate School http://gradschool.fsu.edu/
The Program for Instructional Excellence http://pie.fsu.edu/
New Graduate Student Orientation:
Tuesday, August 18, 2015, 9:00AM - 3:00PM
Ruby Diamond Auditorium, Oglesby Union Ballrooms, and Classroom Building (HCB)
This event will begin in Ruby Diamond Auditorium with a general orientation session led by Dean Nancy Marcus and a panel discussion on topics of interest to new graduate students. Lunch will be provided by Aramark in the Oglesby Union Ballrooms.
Afternoon sessions will be scheduled in HCB on the following subjects: "Nuts & Bolts of FSU Student Systems: Waivers, Finances, Taxes, and Subsidies" and "Funding Your Graduate Education." There will be an Informational Fair in the HCB Breezeway representing campus and community organizations. We will offer afternoon tours of the FSU Campus, Strozier Library's Scholars Commons, and the Dirac Science Library. Following the orientation, the Congress of Graduate Students will provide a city tour for interested students.
All new graduate students will receive an email invitation to register in July. More information is available online at http://gradschool.fsu.edu/New-Current-Students/New-Graduate-Student-Orientation2.
Department Orientation for New Graduate Students
FSU Department of Religion
Monday, August 17, 2015, 10AM - 2:30PM
Dodd Hall 207 >>Detail