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Ninth International Conference on Daoist Studies held at BU.

June 6th, 2014 in Uncategorized.

Led by Assistant Professor Tom Michael and Emeritus Professor Livia Kohn, the Department of Religion co-sponsored the Ninth International Conference on Daoist Studies this May, bringing together scholars of this still-vital ancient Chinese tradition from all over the world.


Abigail Clauhs wins Ada Draper Award!

April 22nd, 2014 in Uncategorized.

Abigail will use the funds to travel to Turkey to visit important historic religious sites–from cave monasteries to mosques to ancient temples–in order to develop an online resource for learning and discussion for interfaith groups. In the fall she begins graduate school at Claremont School of Theology to pursue an MDiv with a concentration in Leadership in Social Justice Community Organizations.


The Ada Draper Award is granted to an outstanding CAS senior woman to be to be used for traveling or studying abroad after graduation. The fund stipulates “such income shall be applied to establish scholarships and to enable the most meritorious and needy female students to be sent abroad after graduation to complete their studies.” Implicit is the recognition that learning, in Ms. Draper’s opinion, should extend beyond the classroom walls and take place in foreign climes.

Abigail is a senior majoring in Religion. She is also a winner of The Richard Katz Award and CAS College Prize.




Robert Neville’s garden featured in the Boston Globe Magazine.

April 16th, 2014 in Uncategorized.

The fine art of garden design in Milton

A couple transform their third of an acre into a series of themed outdoor spaces, from Asian to Italianate.

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David Frankfurter in BU Today.

April 9th, 2014 in Uncategorized.

Are Christians the Most Persecuted Religious Group?

New book says yes, but CAS scholar disagrees

David Frankfurter BU TodayFrom the slaughter of 60 Catholic priests by Iraqi Islamists four years ago to what one historian calls “hellish concentration camps for Christians” in Eritrea, journalist John Allen sees followers of Jesus as “indisputably…the most persecuted religious body on the planet.” So he writes in his latest book, The Global War on Christians (Random House, 2013), which cites such authorities as the International Society for Human Rights, noting that the group identifies 80 percent of religious freedom violations worldwide as targeting Christians. Read more

April 9: Celebrate the publication of Gina Cogan’s new book.

April 9th, 2014 in Uncategorized.

The Princess Nun: Bunchi, Buddhist Reform, and Gender in Early Edo Japan

Princess Nun
By Gina Cogan
Harvard University Asia Center
March 3, 2014
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Wednesday, April 9
4:00 PM
WGS Sitting Room
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Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program

Heidegger: A Nazi? BU Visiting Professor Thomas Meyer weighs in.

March 31st, 2014 in Uncategorized.

Heidegger’s Notebooks Renew Focus on Anti-Semitism


The philosopher Martin Heidegger, circa 1933. Credit Corbis


It has long been one of the most contentious questions in 20th-century intellectual history: Just how much, and what kind, of a Nazi was the German philosopher Martin Heidegger? Read more


Deeana Klepper lectures at UConn

March 11th, 2014 in Uncategorized.

Boston University professor gives lecture on Christianity and Judaism in medieval Europe
By Carles Lopez, Campus Correspondent

Monday March 10, the 4th–lecture of the yearlong series about the relationship between Jews and Christians, “Exile in the Eye of the Beholder, Jews, Christians and the Embrace of Exile in Medieval Europe.” The lecturer, Deeana Klepper, an associate professor of religion studies at Boston University spoke about how Jews and Christians experienced and interpreted exile throughout medieval Europe.

Read more!

Kecia Ali to lecture at Macalester College

March 5th, 2014 in Uncategorized.

Kecia Ali will deliver the Arnold Lowe Lecture at Macalester College on March 9. The title of her talk is “The Lives of Muhammad.”‘



Frank Korom elected to be a Research Fellow

February 28th, 2014 in Uncategorized.

Frank Korom has been elected to be a Research Fellow at the Anthropological Institute of Nanzan University in Japan. Read more at the Institute’s website here:

Stephen Prothero, ” The American Bible: How Our Words Unite, Divide, and Define a Nation”

February 11th, 2014 in Uncategorized.

February 27, 2014 7:00 PM
213 Bay State Road, BU Hillel House, 2nd Floor

In this Discoveries Series lecture, based on his recent book, The American Bible, Stephen Prothero argues that the United States is more Jewish than Christian, held together not by a common creed but by a common conversation about the speeches and songs, letters and novels we hold “sacred.” Along with excerpts from the writings of Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and King, “The American Bible” includes (in the spirit of the Talmud) extensive commentaries on these American “scriptures.”
Stephen Prothero is a Professor of Religion at Boston University specializing in American religions. He received his BA from Yale College in American Studies and his MA and PhD from Harvard University in the Study of Religion.

A historian of American religions, Professor Prothero has written six books, including The White Buddhist: The Asian Odyssey of Henry Steel Olcott (Indiana University Press, 1996), which won the Best First Book award of the American Academy of Religion in 1997. His book Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know–and Doesn’t (HarperOne, 2007) was a New York Times bestseller.

In addition to his scholarly work, Prothero has written for a variety of popular magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Newsweek, Slate, Salon, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and Boston Globe. He has commented on religion on NPR and on such television programs as The Colbert Report, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The O’Reilly Factor, and The Today Show.