CURA Hosts 2019 Fall Reception Boat Cruise

October 8, 2019

The Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs (CURA), an affiliated regional studies center of the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, hosted their annual Fall Welcome Back Reception on October 7, 2019. 

Timothy Longman, CURA Director and Associate Professor of International Relations and Political Science at the Pardee School, welcomed those in attendance and outlined upcoming CURA events.

Longman discussed the establishment of the former the Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies and Civilizations (SMSC) as a special program within CURA.

This decision reflects the continuing role that Muslim Studies plays at Boston University and the new directions it can take as part of CURA. The missions of SMSC and CURA overlap substantially and both promote research and support the Pardee School curriculum. In addition, the two programs share a large number of faculty affiliates. As part of CURA, Muslim Studies will continue to sponsor lectures, provide support to the two minors and graduate certificate, and provide research support to BU students and faculty focusing on Muslim societies and civilizations. In addition, CURA and Muslim Studies hope to organize joint research projects that build upon the strengths and academic excellence provided by the two centers.

Boston University’s Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs (CURA) brings together a multi-disciplinary community of scholars to encourage and support research on the role of religion in public affairs. Established in 1985, CURA is the oldest center for the study of religion and world affairs in the United States. Supported by a substantial endowment and grants from funders such as the Henry Luce Foundation, the Templeton Foundation, the Bradley Foundation, the Kroc Institute for International Peace, and the Metanexus Foundation, CURA has sponsored over 140 research projects on five continents that have led to the publication of over 145 books. Learn more about CURA here

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