Groundbreaking neuroscientist Richard Davidson visited campus for two days of lectures, discussing the emotional life of the brain and how well-being can be learned. The article includes a video discussion with Prof. Beata Grant, Director of Religious Studies, about the ongoing conversation among Western scientists, contemplative/Buddhist scholars and practitioners regarding the fundamental nature of reality — and their work to help relieve suffering.
Please join the Religious Studies Program in congratulating Prof. Cassie Adcock, who has been granted promotion with tenure!
She will become an Associate Professor effective July 1, 2014.
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