Dedman College alumnus Rahfin Faruk awarded Marshall Scholarship

SMU News Originally Posted: November 28, 2016 DALLAS (SMU) – SMU graduate Rahfin Faruk has received a prestigious Marshall Scholarship. The highly selective scholarship is awarded each year to up to 40 intellectually distinguished Americans to advance knowledge in the scholars’ chosen fields and to promote understanding of Britain. Rahfin Faruk Faruk earned Bachelor’s degrees from SMU in economics, political science, public policy and religious studies in 2015, graduating summa cum laude. A President’s Scholar, he was selected to serve as the voting student member of the SMU Board of Trustees. He led the University’s student newspaper, The Daily Campus, and the Tower Center Student Forum, where students examine politics and public policy. In 2014 he was one of only 59 U.S. college students awarded a Truman Scholarship, [...]

By | November 28th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Economics, Graduate News, Political Science, Religious Studies, Tower Center|Comments Off on Dedman College alumnus Rahfin Faruk awarded Marshall Scholarship

Congratulations to Robyn Ann Langley, the first SMU Jewish Studies minor

Congratulations to Robyn Ann Langley, the first Jewish Studies minor. She was recently honored at a reception on Friday, May 13th hosted by the SMU Jewish Studies program and faculty advisor, Shira Lander. Robyn is a Fashion Media major in the Meadows School of the Arts and triple minor in Jewish Studies, Religious Studies, both housed in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, and Art. Robyn was born in Miami, FL and moved to Boca Raton when she was just four years old. She was enrolled in preschool at the Jewish Community Center and has continued her involvement in the community ever since. She attended Hebrew school at Congregation B’nai Israel and was confirmed in 10th grade. She continued working at B'nai Israel as a Madricha (teacher’s assistant) [...]

By | May 17th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Graduate News, Jewish Studies Program, Jewish Studies Program, Religious Studies, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Congratulations to Robyn Ann Langley, the first SMU Jewish Studies minor

Twentieth Nate and Ann Levine Lecture in Jewish Studies

Event date: April 5, 2016 Time: 7:30 pm "Imagining a Vibrant Future for American Judaism.” Dr. Arnold Eisen is one of the world's leading experts on American Judaism and the Chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary. He will discuss and debunk the recent forecasts of gloom and doom when it comes to the future of non-Orthodox Judaism in America, a future that — so it is said — mirrors the decline of mainstream Christian groups and the triumph of the "nones": individuals who turn away from any kind of religious belief or community. For more information: sfrolov@smu.edu  

By | March 28th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Events, Faculty News, Jewish Studies Program, Jewish Studies Program, Religious Studies|Comments Off on Twentieth Nate and Ann Levine Lecture in Jewish Studies

Mark Chancey, Religious Studies, comments on Bible Study in Public Schools

Education Week Blog, Curriculum Matters Originally Posted: March 17, 2016 New bills on the table in Kentucky and Idaho would pave the path for more study of the Bible in public schools. In Idaho, the state's senate approved a bill that would "expressly permit" schools to use the Bible for academic study, the Associated Press reports. It specifies that the Bible can be used in studies of history, literature, and the arts. The bill in Kentucky would allow schools to offer Bible Literacy classes as an elective passed the state senate's education committee earlier this month, the Courier-Journal reports. According to Mark Chancey, a professor of religious studies at Southern Methodist University who has studied the use of the Bible in public schools, the bills [...]

By | March 20th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Religious Studies|Comments Off on Mark Chancey, Religious Studies, comments on Bible Study in Public Schools

Blue Like Me: The Art of Siona Benjamin

DATE: March 1, 2016 TIME: 5:30 pm LOCATION: Dedman Life Sciences Building 110 Siona Benjamin, a painter originally from Bombay now living in the U.S., will discuss her work and how it reflects her background of being raised as a Jew in a predominantly Hindu and Muslim India. Her paintings combine the imagery of her past with the role she plays in America today, making a mosaic inspired by Indian miniature painting and Judeo-Spanish icons. More information: http://www.smu.edu/Dedman/academics/programs/jewishstudies/events  

By | February 15th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Jewish Studies Program, Jewish Studies Program, Religious Studies|Comments Off on Blue Like Me: The Art of Siona Benjamin

Confucianism Then and Now

Event Date: Thursday February 25, 2016 Time: 5:15 p.m. Reception, 5:45 p.m. Lecture Location: Meadows Museum, Jones Hall Join SMU Professor and Chair of Religious Studies, Johan Elverskog as he continues the 2016 Spring Godbey Lecture Series. Please RSVP at https://godbey2016.eventbrite.com or 214-768-3527. For more information http://www.smu.edu/Dedman/DCII/Events

By | February 15th, 2016|DCII, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Religious Studies|Comments Off on Confucianism Then and Now

Religious Studies Professor Mark Chancey provides expertise for Smithsonian Magazine cover story

Smithsonian Magazine Originally Posted: December 16, 2015 January/February 2016 issue Unearthing the World of Jesus By Ariel Sabar As he paced the dusty shoreline of the Sea of Galilee, Father Juan Solana had a less-than-charitable thought about the archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority: He wanted them to go away. Everything else had fallen into place for the Christian retreat he planned to build here. . . (But) It was there, beneath a wing of the proposed guesthouse, that their picks clinked against the top of a buried wall. Dina Avshalom-Gorni, an IAA official who oversaw digs in northern Israel, ordered all hands to this square of the excavation grid. The workers squatted in the mealy soil and dusted carefully with brushes. Soon, a series [...]

By | December 16th, 2015|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Religious Studies|Comments Off on Religious Studies Professor Mark Chancey provides expertise for Smithsonian Magazine cover story

Joan of Arc docudrama features Jeremy DuQuesnay Adams and Bonnie Wheeler

The Gospel Herald Originally Posted: November 18, 2015 Joan of Arc, a groundbreaking docudrama featuring the true story of the young heroine-turned-saint who led the French army to victory over the British during the Hundred Years' War, will premiere this Thanksgiving holiday on BUYtv. The thrilling new docudrama was written and directed by Emmy award-winning filmmaker Russell Holt and shares the incredible story of how the deep faith of a humble farm girl enabled her to lead her country to victory, making her one of the most revered Christian figures in all of history. " Joan of Arc tells the tale of a simple girl whose steadfast commitment to her personal beliefs and religious faith led her to become a martyr, a military leader and [...]

By | November 19th, 2015|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, History, Religious Studies|Comments Off on Joan of Arc docudrama features Jeremy DuQuesnay Adams and Bonnie Wheeler

Religious Studies Professor Mark Chancey on panel with SMU alumna Roni Dean-Burren discussing “miseducation of students.” Oct 26, Hughes-Trigg, 7pm.

By | October 26th, 2015|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Events, Faculty News, Religious Studies|Comments Off on Religious Studies Professor Mark Chancey on panel with SMU alumna Roni Dean-Burren discussing “miseducation of students.” Oct 26, Hughes-Trigg, 7pm.
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