First Dead Sea Scrolls discovered in the Judean desert through excavation in more than 60 years
The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced this week that recent explorations in the Judean desert south of Jerusalem have revealed scores of new scroll fragments hidden away in secluded caves during the time of the Bar Kokhba Revolt (132–136 C.E.). The newly discovered parchment fragments feature Greek translations of the Books of Zechariah and Nahum, both of which are included among The Twelve Minor Prophets of the Hebrew Bible. They are the first scrolls discovered in the Judean desert through excavation in more than 60 years. Read More »
Engaging with Difference, Religious Pluralism, and Building a Tolerant Civil Society: A Conversation with Adam Seligman” held via Zoom on February 18, 2021. Video coverage of the event can be found above and on the event page.
Miraculous Stories and the Re-enchantment of the World: Oral Hagiographies of Guru Bawa (discussion of author’s new book)
Date: Thursday, March 11, 2021, 5:30pm to 7:30pm Speaker: Frank Korom (Boston University)
Stop dismissing all vaccine skeptics as anti-science conspiracy theorists
Infection and death rates caused by COVID-19 are raging, but the rollout of the vaccines brings new hope that the pandemic will end and we will soon be back to normal. Yet, according to a recent Pew Research study, 40% of Americans are wary of receiving a vaccine. What to do?….more
Professor Anthony Petro talked with the BU Center of Humanities about bringing health humanities to Boston University. In the interview, Professor Petro emphasized why BU is perfect for this kind of program, citing the University's "incredible resources — including...superb medical and public health schools, relevant classes in departments as varied as classics, philosophy, anthropology, and sociology, not to mention my own “Religion, Health and Medicine” class — all of which constitute an ideal foundation."
BU Religion PhD Kira Ganga Kieffer has published an article with Religion & Politics. In the article, "Why Some Vaccine Skeptics Are Fighting Covid-19 Restrictions," Kira asks and answers: how does religion factor into both vaccine skepticism and opposition to Covid safety measures? "Examining the anti-coronavirus vaccination contingent as part of a larger movement of vaccine opposition," Kira writes, "illustrates many important religious through-lines that...shape compliance with public health policy."
Kate Stockly has received a CMAC (The Center for Mind and Culture) Doctoral Fellowship for Fall 2020 to advance the writing of her dissertation, tentatively titled “Gender/Sex in Post-Secular Spirituality: A socio-bio-cultural interpretation of gender/sex differences and religious ritual.”
CMAC offers a range of fellowship opportunities, including Doctoral Fellowships for Ph.D. students working on dissertations. To learn more, visit their website.
Jordan Conley, ABD in the Ancient Mediterranean Religions track, has won a major grant from the North American Patristics Society to complete her dissertation next year. Conley’s dissertation addresses the world of a late antique Egyptian saint’s shrine and is entitled ““Bodies, Blessings, and Bile: Sensory Encounters at the Shrine of Saints Cyrus and John.” The North American Patristics Society is the major American academic organization dedicated to the study of early Christianity.
BU PhD Tazeen Ali, who is an Assistant Professor at the Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University in St. Louis, joins a prestigious cohort of other early career scholars at the Center for the Study of Religion & American Culture. The Young Scholars Program assists early career scholars in the improvement of their teaching and research and in the development of professional communities. In addition to its historic concentration on teaching and research, the Program now includes a seminar devoted to such other professional issues as constructing a tenure portfolio, publication, grant writing, and department politics.
Prof. Ali's work focuses on Islam, gender, and race in America. Her book-in-progress, “Rethinking Interpretive Authority: Gender, Race, and Scripture at the Women’s Mosque of America,” analyzes how American Muslim women negotiate the Islamic tradition to cultivate religious authority and build gender-equitable worship communities using ethnography and textual analysis of women’s sermons. Her advisor at BU was Prof. Kecia Ali.
Prof. Ali is not the only BU alum to join the Young Scholars Program. Dr. Shari Rabin, a former BU religion BA and Katz Prize Awardee, was selected in 2019. Dr. Rabin, who earned her PhD from Yale University, is now an Assistant Professor of Religion and Jewish Studies at Oberlin College.
The BU Department of Religion would like to congratulate Lydia Beyer and Zoe Beard for winning Katz Awards. The Katz Award, dating back to 1968, recognizes undergraduate students of religion who have demonstrated both academic excellence and an unwavering commitment to community service.
Lydia is a Political Science and Religion double major. "I am so lucky to have had the privilege to pursue my academic interests through the Department of Religion," she writes, "The caliber, quality, and global relevance of course material fostered my personal and academic growth. I want to thank all of the faculty in the department who encouraged and inspired me over the last four years—the major would not have been the same without you." Lydia is also the recipient of the BU Department of Religion's College Prize.
Zoe double majors in International Relations and Religion. "Studying religion has been incredibly eye opening" to Zoe. "It is intertwined in so many aspects of the world, making the subject extremely versatile," she tells the department, and "majoring in religion also complimented my other major — International Relations very well. I was able to take advantage of opportunities that I never would have had I studied something else and for that I am extremely thankful. I couldn’t imagine having done anything else in college."