February 3, 2017

A Word on Recent Immigration Actions

The Religious Studies program upholds the recent statement by the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Religion on January 30, 2017.  The Board’s Statement on U.S. Executive Order “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States" outlines how the recent executive order impedes the academic study of religion and is anathema to our values of diversity, mutual respect, inclusion and free inquiry. To read more click here.

January 30, 2017

Prof. Lerone Martin’s book honored by American Society of Church History

Prof. Lerone Martin has been awarded the prestigious Frank S. and Elizabeth D. Brewer Prize of the American Society of Church History (ASCH) for his book Preaching on Wax: The Phonograph and the Shaping of Modern African American Religion (New York University Press, 2014). The prize honors outstanding scholarship in religious history by a first-time author.

Congratulations Prof. Lerone Martin!

December 21, 2016

Contrary to Popular Belief: Recovering the Grassroots History of American Atheism

The American Historical Association reviews Prof. Leigh Schmidt's (Edward Mallinckrodt Distinguished University Professor with the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics) new book, "Village Atheists: How America’s Unbelievers Made Their Way in a Godly Nation." Read the article here.

December 1, 2016

Religious film series spotlights covert religious themes in films

From Student Life

The Religious Studies program created the film series this semester as a way to build community, both within the program and beyond. The series also offers students a chance to apply the skills they learn in Religious Studies courses to films in popular culture, whose themes aren’t always obviously religious. ...Read the article here

About Religious Studies

…if I headed back to college today, I would major in comparative religions rather than political science." - John Kerry, “Religion and Diplomacy


Religion is a major source of inspiration, meaning, and controversy in human societies. Fast-moving forces of globalization, migration, and technology continue to bring diverse communities into closer proximity, often creating new religious communities in the process. The Religious Studies Program at Washington University gives students the opportunity to learn about diverse religions as well as to study past and current events with a critical but open mind. ...Click here to read more

Upcoming Events

February 20, 2017 - 3:00pm

Dostoevsky and Martin Luther King, Jr.: Two Ex-Cons on Justice Delayed and Denied

Prof. Elizabeth Blake
McMillan Cafe

Prof. Elizabeth Blake is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of English, Theological Studies, and Modern and Classical Languages at Saint Louis University. She is the author of Dostoevsky and the Catholic Underground.

Sponsored by the International & Area Studies Program.

February 21, 2017 - 7:00pm

Spring Film Series: Spirited Away

Busch Hall, room 18

Tale of the fanciful adventures of a ten-year-old girl named Chihiro, who discovers a secret world when she and her family get lost and venture through a hillside tunnel. When her parents undergo a mysterious transformation, Chihiro must fend for herself as she encounters strange spirits, assorted creatures and a grumpy sorceress who seeks to prevent her from returning to the human world.

Watch the trailer at: http://www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/vi3619684633/

Light refreshments provided. A conversation about the film will follow the showing. For questions please contact Dr. Tobias Zuern.

February 23, 2017 - 7:30pm

Sakithi Vibrations: A new documentary film about Parai drumming

followed by Q&A with filmmaker Zoe C. Sherinian
Brown Hall, room 100
Sakithi Vibrations - "This documentary film reveals how two progressive Indian, Catholic nuns reclaim the polluted drum of the outcastes/Dalits to empower young female dropouts at the Sakthi Folk Cultural Centre in Tamil Nadu. The liberating tools of music and dance make the earth tremble with change."
Introduced with a live performance by the American Parai Ensemble of St. Louis. Sponsored by the Music Department.