March 17, 2014

Meditation on the brain​​

More than 500 people assembled in Graham Chapel at Washington University in St. Louis on March 5 to hear renowned neuroscientist Richard Davidson, PhD, deliver the annual Witherspoon Memorial Lecture on Religion and Science.  During his talk, “Change Your Brain by Transforming Your Mind,” he explained the science behind his findings on the positive impact of contemplative practices such as meditation on brain activity. ...More

About Religious Studies

Few will contest the fact that, despite predictions to the contrary, religion continues to play a central role in contemporary culture, politics, identity, and conflict in every part of the globe. At the same time, the fast-moving forces of globalization, migration, and technology continue to bring diverse religious communities in closer proximity, often creating new religious communities in the process. As a result, it has become ever more essential for people living in today’s world to be “religiously literate.”

The Religious Studies Program at Washington University is designed to provide students with the opportunity to not only acquire basic knowledge of the beliefs and practices of the major world religions, but also learn how to engage in a critical appraisal of both their historic and their contemporary significance. ....More

Upcoming Events

May 9, 2014 - 5:30pm

Religion, Marriage, and Sexual Counterrevolutions

Prof. Rebecca L. Davis
Umrath Lounge

How have religious individuals and institutions participated in the creation of “heterosexual” and “homosexual” identities and norms—the modern sexual binary? Have the “queer” religious voices of the early twentieth century been eclipsed by the normative politics of the early twenty-first? The history of marriage in the twentieth-century United States offers an illuminating case study, what we might describe as an American religious history of sexual counterrevolutions.

May 14, 2014 - 3:00pm

Senior Symposium

Busch Hall, room 18

A presentation of research by our graduating majors.
Dessert reception to follow.
Please RSVP by May 5 to Sarah O'Donnell at or 314-935-8677.