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New book by Jim Laine

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Congratulations to our colleague Jim Laine (Macalester College) on the
publication of his new book Meta-Religion: Religion & Power in World
, just published by the University of California Press.
Learn more

New book by Professor Iraj Bashiri

Ancient Iran: Cosmology, Mythology, History presents Iran's pre-Islamic history within the context of both its complex cosmology and rich mythology. More information available at

William O. Beeman interview on Iran--KFAI February 9, 2012

Professor William O. Beeman, Chair of the Department of Anthropology, interviewed with KFAI's Catalyst on February 9, 2012 on Iran and the current political situation. You can access the interview through their web site for two weeks at .

PROFESSOR NABIL MATAR will receive the
award at the University of Cambridge during
a lecture he will present on:
Henry Stubbe and the
Prophet Muhammad:

PRS Graduating Senior to Intern with GreyWolf Press

Recent Religious Studies graduate Carmen Wood will begin an internship with GreyWolf Press in 2012!

Jeanne Kilde's article, "The Park 51/Ground Zero Controversy and Sacred Sites as Contested Space," was recently published by the open access, peer-reviewed journal Religions.

View it online

Recent Library Acquisition in the Study of Religion

University of Minnesota Libraries has recently acquired new titles in Religious Studies. Learn More

New Core and Affiliated Faculty

The Religious Studies Program is pleased to announce the addition of two new "core" members and eight new "affiliated" members to its ranks.

New members include:

  • William O. Beeman, Anthropology
  • Ruth Karras, History
  • Dean Billmeyer, School of Music
  • Spencer Cole, Classical and Near Eastern Studies
  • Maria Damon, English
  • Alan Love, Philosophy
  • Tom Pepper, Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature
  • Derk Renwick, Program in Religious Studies
  • Ozayr Saloojee, School of Architecture
  • Andrew Scheil, English

Wendy Doniger Lecture

The Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions in the Divinity School of the University of Chicago, and author of groundbreaking work on myth and Hinduism, will be the featured speaker at this year's Religious Studies Summer Workshop. The workshop will focus on research and teaching around issues in Text and Orality and will also feature U of M faculty speakers. The workshop is planned for Monday, May 24 (9:00 - 4:00) and Tuesday, May 25 (9:00 - 12:00). Registration for the workshop (seating is limited) will begin in late March but pre-registration for U of M faculty and graduate students is available immediately by contacting Jeanne Kilde at

Professor Calvin Roetzel: Final Classroom Lecture

On Wednesday, December 9, 2009, Professor Calvin Roetzel, Sundet Chair in New Testament and Christian Studies, gave his final classroom lecture as a university professor culminating a long career as an internationally recognized New Testament and Pauline scholar.

Watch the video here

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