Department of Religion
Guanxiong Xi, MA student in History and Ethnography of Religions (Asia), has been selected as the First Place Winner for the 2021 Master's in Four (MI4) competition. Guanxiong's prize-winning video presentation on his research, How a Buddhist Monastery Became a Tourist Destination in 17th Century China, can be viewed here. Guanxiong will also be recognized at FSU's annual Celebration of Graduate Student Excellence.
Florida State University is preparing for a cautious and gradual reopening this Spring and safety protocols will be in place for any campus activities: masks, social distancing, and minimum occupancy. Here in the Department of Religion most of our Spring courses will be taught online, a few will be face-to-face.
We are happy to answer your questions remotely and, if necessary, will set up a time to meet in person. If you need assistance:
- With undergraduate advising: Dr. Nicole Kelley (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dr. David Levenson (email@example.com)
- With questions related to the major, graduation issues, grades, course registration: Mr. Jon Bridges (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- With questions about our graduate programs: Dr. Matthew Goff (email@example.com)
- With general questions and concerns about the department: Dr. Aline Kalbian, Chair (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- With any other questions: Ms. Susan Stetson, Office Administrator (email@example.com)
The Department of Religion is hosting the 2020-21 Southeastern Regional SBL/AAR conference (SECSOR). It will be held virtually on March 12-14 and can be accessed here.
The Department remembered the late Allison Overholt this year by awarding the first Allison Elizabeth Overholt scholarship. Allison was a religion major who died suddenly last February 2019, and this scholarship memorializes her love for the study of Religion by helping to defray the costs of FSU tuition. This year’s scholarship went to Hunter Johnson, who is, among other things, an engaged and engaging major, and a rising senior. She is working on an honor's thesis with Dr. Adam Gaiser that examines material practices surrounding food and the Nation of Islam. In Dr. Laura McTighe's class this past Spring, she was voted Most Likely to Really Really Care and Make Everyone Feel Loved in their end-of-semester superlatives list/all class appreciation. Hunter is also affiliated with SISTUHS, Incorporated, FSU's Black Student Union (in their Seminole Minority Leadership Institute), the Big Sister Little Sister program, as well as the National Organization for Women. So, like Allison, she combines stellar academic work, a strong curiosity about her fellow human beings, and a desire to make a difference outside of a classroom setting.
The Religion Department is pleased to announce that this year’s Betty Phifer award will go to both Hannah Mandatta and Elianna Cooper. Among other things, Hannah Mandatta led Students Organized for Religious and Cultural Exploration (SORCE)—a.k.a. the "Religion Club"—and organized the undergraduate symposiums this year, even in the midst of the pandemic. Elianna Cooper was instrumental in organizing J Street on campus, and was deeply involved in the Department as well. Our academic achievement award will go to Leah Singleton and Jeff Schmoll, both of whom were also involved in SORCE.