CLA Development & Alumni Relations
A hallmark of the Program in Religious Studies is its desire and ability to reach out to students and scholars outside of the University of Minnesota. The up-and-coming "Crossing Cultural Spaces: Islam in the West in Arts and Sciences" conference is a large-scale example of this, bringing in not only scholars from across the country to present papers, but including faculty members from area colleges who are able to take advantage of the lineup of researchers who are committed to the conference.
Another typical example is the recent workshop conducted by Wendy Doniger from the University of Chicago. Her event here on campus was attended by our faculty and students, and also by scholars from United Theological Seminary, Macalester College, Morningside College, Saint Cloud State University, Carleton College, and Hamline University.
Programming like this creates interaction and dialogue among scholars in the region, which can only enhance research coming out of the University and provide unique, high-level learning experiences for our students.
As the Program in Religious Studies continues to grow and further collaborate with community leaders and educational institutions, both regionally and nationally, support from alumni and friends is vital. You are invited to join those who have already made a gift to help sustain the Program in Religious Studies and grow the program's reputation for excellence. An increase in giving sends a very strong message: alumni believe in their department, and they want to support the important work of the faculty and the recruitment and retention of the best and brightest students. A gift to the Program in Religious Studies is a vote of confidence in the direction and priorities of the program.