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Liquid Light, Ayahuasca Spirituality and the Santo Daime Tradition

Congrats to Dr. Barnard on his new book, Liquid Light. Read the full press release below. William Barnard is a professor of religious studies at Southern Methodist University. He is the author of Exploring Unseen Worlds: William James and the Philosophy of Mysticism(1997) and Living Consciousness: The Metaphysical Vision of Henri Bergson(2011), as well as coeditor of Crossing […]

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Congratulations to religious studies professor William Barnard on his new book, Liquid Light

Dedman College News Liquid Light: Ayahuasca Spirituality and the Santo Daime Tradition, published by Columbia University Press, offers an in-depth immersion into the complex and fascinating world of the Santo Daime – a relatively new religion that emerged out of the Amazon rainforest region of Brazil in the middle of the twentieth century, and which […]

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Let’s Build Trust Instead of Banning Books – Op-ed by SMU religious studies professor

Education Week It is a difficult time to be an educator. Aside from the massive disruptions and stress of a pandemic lasting more than two years, even as it appears to be winding down, teachers, school boards, and librarians are at the dead center of divisive conflicts over how—and if—students should encounter issues of racism, […]

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New Specializations Announced in the Religious Studies Major

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Opinion: Rituals can guide us in our post-pandemic worlds

Austin American Citizen Originally Posted: May 29, 2021 Jill DeTemple, religious studies professor at SMU Dallas, for a piece advocating how rituals can help individuals and communities navigate their post-pandemic worlds. Published in the Austin American-Statesman with the heading Rituals can guide us in our post-pandemic worlds: https://bit.ly/3yVA1zi About a week ago, at the top of the stairs […]

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Congratulations to Johan Elverskog, 2021-22 Berlin Prize Fellow

American Academy in Berlin Posted: May 12, 2021 The American Academy in Berlin has granted twenty-two Berlin Prizes for fall 2021 and spring 2022. The Berlin Prize is awarded annually to American or US-based scholars, writers, composers, and artists who represent the highest standards of excellence in their fields, from the humanities and social sciences […]

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If You’re Doing Yoga, You’re Part Of The Mainstream

THINK Originally Posted: April 29, 2021 Andrea Jain is an SMU Religious Studies alumna. She was interviewed on Think in April. Yoga, at its core, is a spiritual practice — and companies sell top-dollar gear so you can practice it in style. Andrea R. Jain is associate professor of religious studies at Indiana University, Indianapolis […]

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Congratulations to Dr. Johan Elverskog

Congratulations to Dr. Johan Elverskog, Dedman Family Distinguished Professor, Professor of Religious Studies, and, by courtesy, Professor of History who was awarded a grant from the James P. Geiss and Margaret Y. Hsu Foundation to support his work through the National Humanities Center (NHC) during the 2021–2022 fellowship year. Professor Everskog’s work will focus on examining the […]

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Jill DeTemple receives the President’s Associate Award

Congratulations to Jill DeTemple, department of religious studies professor and chair. DeTemple was awarded the President’s Associates Outstanding Faculty Award at the spring general faculty meeting on January 27. The award is given annually to tenured faculty for the advancement of teaching and learning.