Upcoming Events

Spring 2021

Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021

"Representation Matters: Hulu's 'Ramy'" moderated by Associate Professor Nancy Khalek, Religious Studies

Ramy is a Hulu show about how a first-generation, Egyptian-American Muslim navigates life, dating, and faith. Please join us for a moderated discussion with Professor Nancy Khalek about the show and how it touches on issues such as Islam in the media, Middle Eastern representation in popular culture, and much more! Sponsored by the Center for Middle East Studies.  To register to click here



Monday, February 22, 2021

Religious Studies Virtual Open House

A chance for members of the department to gather together, and catch up, chat and otherwise share about life in quarantine.  If interested in attending, please email Nicole Vadnais for the Zoom link. 


Monday, March 1, 2021

Religious Studies Town Hall

For members of the Religious Studies Department, including, undergraduate concentrators, graduate students, faculty, and staff.  Held via Zoom.  For the link, please email, [email protected].

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

2021 K. Brooke Anderson Lecture featuring Eric Ward, Western States Center

"Why We Need Each Other: Tackling the Triple Threat of Racism, Misogyny, and Antisemitism"

Followed by discussion moderated by Matthew Shenoda, Associate Provost for Social Equity & Inclusion, and SEI Advisor to the Presdient, Rhode Island School of Design.

To Register:

Eric K. Ward is a nationally-recognized expert on the relationship between authoritarian movements, hate violence, and preserving inclusive democracy.  In his 30+ year civil rights career, he has worked with community groups, government, and business leaders, human rights advocates, and philanthropy as an organizer, director, program officer, consultant, and board member.  The recipient of the Peabody-Facebook Futures Media Award, Eric's widely quoted writings and speeches are credited with key narrative shifts.  He currently serves as Executive Director of Western States Center, Senior Fellow with Southern Poverty Law Center, and Race Forward, and Co-Chair for The Proteus Fund. 

Sponsored by the K. Brooke Anderson Lecture Fund, held jointly by the Office of the Chaplains and Religious Life and the Department of Religious Studies; Brown's Center for Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation; and Brown RISD Hillel. 

Monday, April 26, 2021
1:00-3:30pm EDT via Zoom

Senior Thesis Presentations 

Join the Department as we come together to honor the work of our seniors and share in their scholarship. This event is open, so please invite friends and family.  For the link to Zoom, please email Nicole Vadnais.



Tuesday, April 27, 2021

"Invasion Biology and the Ethics of Biodiversity" a lecture with David Frank, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Cogut Institute for the Humanities 

Invasion biology is the field of ecology and conservation biology that interacts with introduced and invasive species. Introduced species are biogeographically “non-native,” requiring anthropogenic or human-aided dispersal to cross geographic barriers, and those introduced populations that have undesirable economic, environmental, or public health effects are usually those labelled “invasive.” Invasion biology formed in the late 20th century in response to concerns about the conservation implications of some introduced species. The field has since faced criticisms from scholars in multiple fields for alleged xenophobia, fear-mongering, advocacy of controversial management and eradication campaigns, as well as some invasion biologists’ philosophy of nature, which, like romantic ideals of “wilderness,” seems to exclude humans. This presentation will clarify and evaluate competing ethical justifications of invasion biologists’ concern with introduced species, advocating a pluralistic view that attempts to balance the diverse values at stake in the study and management of invasive species.

David M. Frank is a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Philosophy and the Cogut Institute for the Humanities. His research focuses on values and ethics in environmental sciences. He earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Texas in 2012 with a dissertation on philosophy of conservation biology. He has since held postdoctoral positions at New York University, the University of North Carolina, and the University of Tennessee, developing research collaborations with environmental scientists and teaching courses on environmental ethics, research ethics, and philosophy of science. His current research focuses on philosophical controversies about invasive species, the ethics and economics of the Green New Deal, and the ethics of environmental health research.

This event is free and open to the public, it is presented as part of the Cogut Institute’s Initiative for Environmental Humanities at Brown (EHAB). To register: