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Wisdom Embodied: Ancient Greek and Jewish Conceptions of the Sage

Tuesday, November 14, at 1:30 p.m. Dr. Elisa Uusimäki presents “Wisdom Embodied: Ancient Greek and Jewish Conceptions of the Sage” in University Hall 122. Afterwards, anyone who feels inclined can adjourn to the Phoenix!

Nov 08, 2017

Challenging the notion that religion fosters violence

The Conversation and the National Post recently published an opinion piece by Religious Studies PhD student Maxwell Kennel that challenges that notion that religion spurs violence.

Nov 02, 2017

MA graduate researches Buddhist diplomacy in Sri Lanka

Myra Sivaloganathan graduated with an MA in Religious Studies in 2017. We are grateful to her for taking the time to answer some of our questions about what she is currently doing and what she learned in her time at McMaster!

Oct 25, 2017

Ready for Law School

Religious Studies grad reflects on her time at McMaster and the skills she will take with her to Osgoode Hall Law School.

Sep 29, 2017

Holy Ambivalence: Jewish-Evangelical Relations and Why They Matter

The Department of Religious Studies is pleased to present Dr. Faydra Shapiro, the Executive Director of the Israel Center for Jewish-Christian Relations in the Galilee and Associate Fellow at The Philos Project as the speaker at this year's 2017 Lilian and Marvin Goldblatt Lecture in Jewish Studies. Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 7-9 p.m.

Sep 28, 2017

Tracing Manjusri: How an Indian Bodhisattva became a Permanent Resident of China

The Department of Religious Studies is pleased to present Dr. Paul Harrison the George Edwin Burnell Chair in Religious Studies at Stanford University as a Hooker Distinguished Visiting Professor on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 7 p.m.

Sep 05, 2017

9 interesting and unexpected courses for 2017-18

Don’t get stuck in stereotypes. Religious Studies isn’t about preparing to join a religious order. It’s an interdisciplinary field where we critically explore and analyze religion, culture, and diversity. Discover some of the most interesting and intriguing classes of 2017-18.

Aug 17, 2017

Death: A Part of Life

Religious Studies and Anthropology professor Ellen Badone in a panel discussion on CHML's Bill Kelly Show in their series on Death: A Part of Life which is being produced in partnership with the Bob Kemp Hospice.

Jun 27, 2017

Dr. Hanna Tervanotko joins the Department of Religious Studies

Dr. Tervanotko joins McMaster's Department of Religious Studies in the Fall of 2017. Her interests include women in antiquity, Qumran, and Jewish interpretation of scripture.

Jun 23, 2017

Department writing retreat a huge success

Last month the Religious Studies Department hosted an all-day writing retreat for graduate students.

Jun 19, 2017

Celebrating 33 years of service. Dr. Stephen Westerholm retires.

The Department of Religious Studies recently celebrated Dr. Stephen Westerholm's lengthy career and 33 years of service to McMaster University.

May 11, 2017

Spring-Summer courses offered in Religious Studies

From learning how to become a critical consumers of news to the lighter side of religion. The Religious Studies Department has some great courses that will to keep you interested from first class to last.

Apr 25, 2017

The Aramaic Dead Sea Scrolls as Evidence of a Second-Temple Period Literary Movement

Video: Daniel Machiela guest lecture in Bar-Ilan University and Hebrew University.

Apr 13, 2017

"We have made you into nations and tribes that you may know one another" A verse of the Quran and Western Errors

The Annual Global Islam Lecture and the Department of Religious Studies welcome Dr. Lynda Clarke from Concordia University on Wednesday March 22, 2017. Talk will be held in HSC 1A6 at 7:30 p.m.

Mar 06, 2017

Study at Hebrew University

Bursary opportunity for graduate & undergraduate students. Application deadline March 15, 2017 | The Canadian Friends of Hebrew University (CFHU), with matching funds from the Ontario Student Opportunities Trust Fund (OSOTF), has established a Bursary for McMaster University students to study for a summer, semester, or academic year at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Feb 15, 2017

Visiting Speaker | Fumi Yao

Thurs., March 9, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., University Hall (UH) room, 122, Fumi Yao will give a paper with the title: “Re-encountering old materials through a new discovery: the emergence of another Sanskrit manuscript of the Bhaiṣajyavastu.”

Feb 14, 2017

Visiting Speaker | Eve-Marie Becker

Wed., March 8, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. in University Hall (UH), room 122 Dr. Eve-Marie Becker will give a paper called "Beyond History: How the Fourth Gospel Transcends Ancient Historiography"

Feb 14, 2017

Minor in Muslim Studies now available to undergrads at McMaster

McMaster undergraduate students from all Faculties now have the option of taking a minor in Muslim studies.

Feb 06, 2017

Colloquia and Visiting Speakers: 'Crossing the Dharmascape: Mindfulness and Insight Practice in Burma and America'

Dr. Erik Braun, University of Virginia. Fri., Jan. 27, 2017 at 4:00pm. Location: UH 122

Jan 18, 2017

Curating between hope and despair | Creating POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews

The Department of Religious Studies hosts Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Chief Curator of the Core Exhibition at POLIN Museum and University Professor Emerita of Performance Studies at New York University, Thurs., Jan. 12, 2017, 7 to9 p.m., Great Hall, University Club

Dec 11, 2016

In Memoriam

On Thurs., Nov. 10, 2016 members of the McMaster community gathered to honour the life and academic contributions, and to share memories of our much loved former Religious Studies faculty member, Gérard Vallée (Aug. 12, 1933 – Oct. 15, 2016)

Nov 10, 2016