October 19, 2016

Trick-or-Tweet 2016

Religious Studies Boo16!

Calling all Trick or Tweeters! Swing by the Religious Studies office (Busch Hall, room 111) on October 27-28 and snap a selfie with our ghoul. Tag @WUSTLArtSci and #WUBoo16 on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook for chances to win prizes


This year’s theme is "Día de Muertos" or, better known as, the Day of the Dead. Like our theme? Then stop by the Día de los Muertos celebration on November 5 & 6 at the Missouri History Museum (presented by the Hispanic Festival, Inc.).



Busch Hall has 4 ghouls! Get 4 chances to win prizes when you post selfies from Religious Studies, History, East Asian Languages and Cultures, and Jewish, Islamic, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures.

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October 5, 2016

Faculty Spotlight: Cassie Adcock

Cassie Adcock in the archives at Lucknow with archivist Miradevi

Cassie Adcock (Associate Professor of History, South Asian Studies, and Religious Studies) was on research leave for the Fall and Spring semesters of 2015-2016 thanks to two fellowship awards: a Senior Research Fellowship from the American Institute of Indian Studies that was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, and a Kluge Fellowship from the Library of Congress. Read about how she spent her research leave 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

October 21, 2016 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

You're Invited to Drop in for Coffee

Busch Hall, room 109

Religious Studies invites you to drop in for coffee and meet our new director, Prof. Laurie Maffly-Kipp. This fall the director’s office (Busch 109) will be open one Friday a month from 10-12 for faculty, students and staff to stop by for a snack and a cup of coffee/tea fresh brewed in the office Keurig. We hope you’ll take a moment or two to stop by, say hi, and perhaps even learn a little bit about Religious Studies.

No RSVPs needed. Please feel free to stop in and stay as long (or as short) as you’d like.

October 24, 2016 - 6:30pm


Dante's Diagram of Hell, illustration for The New York Times by Seymour Chwast
Designer Seymour Chwast
October 25, 2016 - 2:00pm

Subtraction Stories and A Secular Age

A discussion with Visiting Hurst Professor Charles Taylor
Hurst Lounge, Duncker Hall 201

Charles Taylor is emeritus Professor of Philosophy from McGill University.  Winner of the Kyoto Prize, the Templeton Prize, the John W. Kluge Prize, the Berggruen Prize, and many other awards and honors, he is one of the world’s most influential and foremost thinkers on questions of religion, secularity, and the modern world.  Among his numerous books, he is the author of Sources of the Self: The Making of Modern Identity (Harvard UP, 1989) and A Secular Age (Harvard UP, 2007).

Readings are available in the English Department office, Duncker 116, or can be accessed electronically by emailing Meredith Lane, mlane23@wustl.edu