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Talking with Miriam Toews about her novel, Women Talking

Miriam Toews is a winner of the Governor General’s Award for Fiction, the Libris Award for Fiction Book of the Year, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and the Writers Trust Marian Engel/ Timothy Findley Award. Her most recent novel, Women Talking, has been released to wide acclaim.
Jan 29, 2020

Freeman Family Bursary for Study at Hebrew University

Graduate and undergraduate students from any program at McMaster can apply for the Freeman Family Bursary for Study at Hebrew University for a summer, semester, or academic year. Awards up to $12,000.
Dec 16, 2019

2019 Goldblatt Lecture in Jewish Studies

The Department of Religious Studies and the Socrates Project recently hosted a remarkable 2019 Goldblatt Lecture with Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Psoy Korolenko (New Jersey-Moscow) and historian Anna Shternshis (University of Toronto).
Dec 13, 2019

Globe and Mail publishes Dr Badone’s letter on mental health

Globe and Mail letter from Ellen Badone argues for respectful language around mental illness.
Dec 13, 2019

Congratulations to John VanMaaren (PhD 2019)

Congratulations to John VanMaaren (PhD 2019) on beginning his new position as the Assistant Director of Academic Support, Grants, and Fellowships at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
Nov 29, 2019

Graduate Opportunities in Jewish Studies

Looking to continue your studies with a focus on Jews and Judaism in antiquity, modernity or in contemporary cultures? Here is a new overview of our Department’s offerings in these areas at the MA or PhD level.
Nov 29, 2019

The University of Toronto/McMaster University Yehan Numata Buddhist Studies Program

Friday, December 6, 2019, 4-6pm, University Hall 122 Lecture by Prof. Sasaki Shizuka (Hanazono University): "An Outline of the Analytical Study of Adhikaraṇa in the Vinaya Texts"
Nov 26, 2019

New Position for Dr. Jeremy Penner

Dr. Jeremy Penner (PhD 2010) begins a new position on December 1 as Senior Library Assistant for the Near and Middle Eastern Department at Cambridge University Library, England.
Nov 22, 2019

Postdoctoral Fellowship for Michael Johnson

Congratulations to Michael Johnson on his reception of an Azrieli Foundation International Postdoctoral Fellowship.
Sep 23, 2019

Hooker Distinguished Visiting Professor October 29-30, 2019

Professor Anita Hannig (Brandeis University) will deliver the 2019 Harry Lyman Hooker Lectures and the Hannah History of Medicine Unit and Medical Humanities Speaker Series and Grand Rounds.
Sep 23, 2019

Singing and Laughing Against Fascism: Lost and Found Soviet Yiddish Songs of World War II

2019 Lillian and Marvin Goldblatt Lecture in Jewish Studies: The Department of Religious Studies in conjunction with the Socrates Project presents Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Psoy Korolenko (Moscow-New York) and historian Anna Shternshis (University of Toronto). Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 7-9 p.m.
Aug 26, 2019

Ellen Amster joins the Religious Studies Department

The Department is pleased to announce that Dr. Ellen Amster, Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine, is joining the department. Welcome, Dr. Amster!
Aug 02, 2019

Social Sciences students recognized with 100 individual awards and scholarships

On behalf of the Faculty of Social Sciences, we wish to extend our warmest congratulations to all of the recipients in our Faculty of Social Sciences academic awards. You, your family and friends should be proud of your accomplishments.
Apr 04, 2019

Celebrating our new name — Society, Culture & Religion

The Religious Studies undergraduate degree programs have a NEW name and a NEW look! Join the Department of Religious Studies on Wednesday, March 20, 4 - 6 p.m. in the foyer of University Hall as we celebrate the re-naming of our undergraduate programs.
Mar 18, 2019

Social Sciences Career Crawl: February 25 – March 22

A series of career events featuring alumni, profs, workshops, panels & more! Open to all Social Sciences students.
Mar 18, 2019

Women's Wiki Day and Happy Hour

In celebration of Women's Day, the Department of Religious Studies will be hosting Women's Wiki Day and Happy Hour. Friday, March 8, 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., University Hall 122
Mar 01, 2019

Level I students invited to Social Sciences Faculty Showcase

The Faculty of Social Sciences will host its annual Level II Showcase for Level I students on Thursday, March 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the L.R. Wilson Hall Lobby.
Feb 26, 2019

Social Sciences alumna helps students build skills for career success

Some call her a master networker or master mentor. She prefers being called a proud alumna. She wants to give back and help inspire the next generation of leaders by sharing lessons learned in the world of work to help prepare students to stand out in a crowded job market.
Feb 26, 2019

16 great social sciences books from 2018

2018 was a good year for books! Faculty members from across the Social Sciences wrote, edited and contributed chapters to a wide range of topics including a tale of fighting Hitler, an examination of the wage crisis in Australia, insights into international relations, women's political rights and thoughtful look at Russia through the lens of and Anthropologist . This reading week engage your mind with our list of some best social sciences books of 2018!
Feb 19, 2019

Rakugo! Japanese sit-down comic storytelling

Rakugo has entertained generations of Japanese since the 17th century. From ghosts to geisha, samurai to salaryman, a solo performer brings scores of characters vividly to life in tales punctuated by various tones of voice, gestures, and facial expressions with a folding fan and hand towel as his only props. Monday, February 4, 7 p.m. join the Department of Religious Studies for a special performance by Yanagiya Tozaburo III.
Jan 30, 2019

Social Sciences awarded close to half a million dollars in SSHRC funding

Ten researchers from McMaster’s Faculty of Social Sciences have been awarded a total of $478,661 in funding through the federal government’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. The funding is being awarded through Insight Development Grants.
Jan 30, 2019