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.
Department Orientation for New Graduate Students
FSU Department of Religion
Monday, August 17, 2015, 10AM - 2:30PM
Dodd Hall 207 >>Detail
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.
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/
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.
Annual Reception for Religion Majors, Minors and Interested Students
Dodd Hall landing on Tuesday, September 8, from 5pm to 6:30pm.
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.
Sheng Yen Buddhist Studies Lecture Series
Taking Critical Buddhism Seriously - Dr. Robert Sharf
Date/Time: Wednesday, September 30, 2015 Location: Dodd Hall Auditorium
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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