Department of Religion

Melani McAlister, Professor of American Studies and International Affairs at George Washington University, will deliver the 2022-23 Wellborn Lecture in the Religion Department on Friday, April 14, at 4:45 PM in Dodd Hall Auditorium. Her lecture is titled, "Fela Kuti in America: Thinking Music and Politics through Religious Studies." More details on her lecture are available here.

The department honors Professor Emeritus Sumner B. Twiss on the occasion of his retirement from FSU on September 9th from 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Broad Auditorium, Claude Pepper Center, Florida State University.

Speakers include Jung Lee (Northeastern University), Terry Coonan (Florida State University), John Kelsay (Florida State University), and former Ph.D. students. Reception to follow.

As detailed in this FSUNews story, the Department of Religion is proud to be the administrative home for a new interdisciplinary undergraduate major in Human Rights and Social Justice that will begin in the Fall 2022 semester. Details about the requirements for this major can be found here. For more details about the major and its requirements, or to declare the major, please email Prof. Joseph Hellweg at

The Department of Religion congratulates Profs. Elizabeth Cecil and Sonia Hazard on their NEH Summer Stipend awards. These competitive grants will support their summer writing and research. Cecil's award will support her book project, "Natural Wonder: Indigenous Landscapes and the Building of Hinduism in Early Southeast Asia." Hazard's award will support her project, "Sovereignty, Christianity, and the Book in the Cherokee Diaspora, 1828-1861." 

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The Department of Religion celebrates with Profs. Jamil Drake and Laura McTighe on their having been awarded a three-year $250,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation for a project on Black religion and public health in the South. For more details on Profs. Drake and McTighe's project, see the FSU News story here. This is part of a number of prestigious projects spearheaded by scholars and community organizations across the US on race, justice, and religion that the Luce Foundation is funding; its press release appears here.

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