DUG Events

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Fall 2014

DUG Dinner with the Faculty.  Come meet and chat with Assistant Professors Daniel Vaca and Paul Nahme.  

Wednesday, November 19. 2014
Shirley Miller House, Seminar Room (101) 

DUG/GRAD Student Social
A chance for the Department's undergrad concentrators to meet and chat with our graduate students.  Refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Shirley Miller House, Seminar Room (101) 

DUG Dinner
Join the Department's Undergraduate Group for their first event for the year. Stop by for great company, fantastic food, and get to know other interested undergrads. All students are welcome, so pass the word and bring your friends!

Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014
Shirley Miller House, Seminar Room (101) 

Spring 2014

"Living In It: Oprah Winfrey, Goldman Sachs, and the Contemporary Study of Religion," with Kathryn Lofton, Yale University

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Wilson Hall, Rm 302

Kathryn Lofton is a historian of religion with a particular focus on the cultural and intellectual history of the United States. Her archival expertise is in the post-Civil War era, but her research draws upon the histories and anthropology of religions in the U.S. from pre-contact to the present in order to elucidate the meanings of and relationships between religion, modernity, and the secular. This research focuses scholarly attention on the public affects, intimate desires and corporate entities that have influenced—and are in turn influenced by—religious activity. Through studies of preachers and parents, bathing soap and office cubicles, evangelicalism and liberal theology, Prof. Lofton has developed a portrait of religion in America that emphasizes the formation of religion through new technologies, renegade manifestos, and the cornucopia of cultural practices that contribute to social identity in the modern world. Her first book, Oprah: The Gospel of an Icon (2011) used the example of Oprah Winfrey's multimedia productions to analyze the nature of religion in contemporary America. She is currently working on several projects, including a study of sexuality and Protestant fundamentalism; an analysis of the culture concept of the Goldman Sachs Group; and a religious history of Bob Dylan. For her work at Yale she has won the 2010 Poorvu Family Award for Interdisciplinary Teaching, the 2013 Sarai Ribicoff Award for the Encouragement of Teaching at Yale College, and the 2013 Graduate Mentor Award in the Humanities. 

 Fall 2013

Dinner with Professor Cladis: Everything You Wanted to Know About Professor Cladis (and Religious Studies) But Were Afraid to Ask

Mark CladisMark CladisWednesday, Oct. 23 @ 5:30pm
Seminar Room (101), Shirley Miller House, 59 George Street

All Religious Studies concentrators and prospective concentrators invited! RSVP to Tina, no later than noon, Monday, Oct. 21st.



Torture and Media: Do Spy Shows Affect Torture Policy?
a talk by Religious Studies Professor Stephen Bush on Modern Day Torture Policy and the Influence of the Media Today

Thursday, October 17, 2013
Wilson 309

*Primarily intended for Brown Undergraduates
Sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies