American Academy of Religion Originally Posted: March 27, 2018 The Committee on Teaching and Learning is pleased to announce Jill DeTemple is the recipient of the 2018 Excellence in Teaching Award. The AAR Award for Excellence in Teaching recognizes the importance of teaching and honors outstanding teaching in the field. Dr. Jill DeTemple is Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Religious Studies at Southern Methodist University. She received her BA in Asian Studies from Bowdoin College, her MTS in Christianity and Culture from Harvard Divinity School, and her PhD in Religious Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research interests include faith-based economic development, Latin American religions, Pentecostalism, and the use of dialogue in classrooms to [...]
Listen: SMU professor and author Johan Elverskog discusses the prevalent but false narrative that Muslim invaders destroyed Buddhism in India.
Tricycle Originally Posted: February 28, 2018 In the 13th century, Muslim soldiers attacked the Buddhist monastery Nalanda in northeast India. This event is held up as an example of how Muslim invaders were responsible for the eventual destruction of Buddhism in the Indian subcontinent. But it is far from the full story. In Buddhism and Islam on the Silk Road, history professor and Chair of Religious Studies at Southern Methodist University, Johan Elverskog, explores the ways that religions and cultures influenced each other along the trade route. He also debunks the assertion that the Mughal invasions during the 12th to 16th centuries were the sole cause of Buddhism’s waning on the subcontinent, a long-held Buddhist narrative often used to justify Islamophobia. Here, Elverskog talks to Tricycle [...]
Mark Chancey, Religious Studies, Museum of the Bible, built by Hobby Lobby owner, opens in Washington D.C.
Associated Press Originally Posted: January 20, 2018 Eight years ago, Hobby Lobby president Steve Green found a new way to express his Christian faith. His family's $4 billion arts and craft chain was already known for closing stores on Sundays, waging a Supreme Court fight over birth control and donating tens of millions of dollars to religious groups. Now, Green would begin collecting biblical artifacts that he hoped could become the starting point for a museum. That vision was realized when the 430,000-square-foot Museum of the Bible opened three blocks from the U.S. Capitol. The $500 million museum includes pieces from the family's collection from the Dead Sea Scrolls, towering bronze gates inscribed with text from the Gutenberg Bible and a soundscape of the 10 [...]
READ MORE Mark A. Chancey is a Professor of Religious Studies in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Chancey will use his Guggenheim Fellowship to continue work on his next monograph, The Good Book as Textbook: Teaching about the Bible in American Public Schools. Chancey will explore the legal, political, and academic issues raised by K-12 Bible courses while tracing their evolution from the early twentieth century to the present. With topics ranging from curricula and court cases to Vidalia onion fundraisers, Chuck Norris videos, and death threats, the project provides opportunities to reflect on the civic functions of religious literacy, the purposes of public education, the contested nature of American identity in times of changing religious and ethnic demographics, [...]
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, [...]
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) [...]
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: email@example.com
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 [...]
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