Religious Literacy Project


Do you get nervous talking about religion? Feel frustrated with religious intolerance, but don’t know much about religious traditions outside of your own experience (or lack thereof)? Looking to learn more about religious traditions, but not sure where to begin?

Here's where the Brown Religious Literacy Project comes in! We are a non-credit course (without homework!) that meets weekly to engage with scholars and practitioners from the Providence community to explore five major religious traditions. Discussion often centers on philosophical foundations, values and identity formation, and internal diversity in these traditions. Our hope is to clarify common misconceptions, affirm the importance of religious literacy at Brown and in the world, and illuminate the ways in which religion is embedded in our society. Moreover, we strive to be a welcoming space for healthy interfaith dialogue, community-building, and understanding of diverse beliefs, practices, and identities.

Sponsored by the Office of the Chaplains and Religious Life.

How to Apply

[Spring 2022 RLP is currently filled & sessions are underway]

Students, staff, and faculty of all faith backgrounds (including none!) and all religious experiences (personal and/or academic) are encouraged to apply!

RLP applications are submitted online via a Google Form and are solicited in Dec/Jan for enrollment in the Spring.  If you have any questions, please reach out to leaders: [email protected] or [email protected]

2022 Course Schedule

February 2nd - Introduction, Welcome from Rev. Janet Cooper Nelson

February 9th - Hinduism: Academic Presentation by Prof. David Buchta

February 16th - Hinduism: Practitioner presentation by Swami Yogatmananda of the Vedanta Society of Providence

February 23rd  - Islam: Academic presntation by Aseel Azab, graduate student in Islam, Society and Culture.

March 2nd  - Islam: Practitioner conversation with Imam Amir Toft, Associate Chaplain of the University for the Muslim Community.

March 9th - Judaism: Academic presentation with Professor Paul Nahme, Dorot Assistant Professor of Judaic Studies, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies.

March 16th - Buddhism: Practitioner presentation, Gen Tsoglam from the Atisha Kadampa Buddhist Center, Providence RI

April 6th - Judaism: Practitioner conversation with Rabbi Josh Bolton, Executive Director of Brown-RiSD Hillel

April 13th - Christianity: Academic presenter, Professor Jae Han, Director of Graduate Admissions, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

April 27th - Christianity: Practitioner conversation with Rev. Delphain DemosthenesAssociate Chaplain of the University for the Protestant Community