News & Events
- FACULTY SEARCH: Assistant Professor in Hinduism beginning September 1, 2015
- You are invited to attend the international conference Lutherrenaissance: Past & Present, April 12-14, 2012, with Crain lecturer Michael Massing, and theologians from Germany, Denmark, and North America
For more information, please click on the link: Lutherrenaissance: Past & Present
- Jewish Messianic Thoughts in an Age of Despair by Kenneth Seeskin
- The Ethical Vision of Clint Eastwood by Sara Anson Vaux
- Cristina Traina's and Barry Wimpfheimer's new books were featured in the Fall 2011 issue of CenterPiece magazine published by the Office for Research.
- Event by Dr. Iwamura on November 2nd has been CANCELLED
- Cristina Traina’s book Erotic Attunement: Parenthood and the Ethics of Sensuality between Unequals is available from the University of Pennsylvania Press.
- Transformations in Luther's Theology: Historical and Contemporary Considerations. Edited by Christine Helmer and Bo Kristian Holm.
- Barry Scott Wimpfheimer’s book Narrating the Law: A Poetics of Talmudic Legal Stories is available from the University of Pennsylvania Press.
- Barry Scott Wimpfheimer recently appeared on the JUF television program, Sanctuary. The video is linked here.
- The Writing Place offers Writing Assistance for Graduate Students.
- Ground Zero and the 'S-word' article by Matthew Cressler, Ph.D. Religious Studies
- Ken Seeskin has been awarded the 2010 National Jewish Book Award for The Cambridge Guide to Jewish History, Religion, and Culture in the category of collections and anthologies. This volume was edited by Ken and Judith Baskin, Knight Professor of Humanities at The University of Oregon.
- "Religious studies Revival"! Article in Newsweek discusses resurgence of Religious Studies as undergraduate major, and references NU's own Robert Orsi
- Barry Wimpfheimer quoted in New York Times
- UPDATES! of the Religious Studies Department's courses for the 2011-2012 academic year
- Robert Orsi has received the 2010 E. LeRoy Hall Award for Teaching Excellence. Weinberg College Teaching Awards applaud excellence in instruction, significant contributions to curricular innovation, exemplary mentoring of research and independent study, and fostering of a sense of community both inside and outside the classroom.
- In 2009-2010, the Department of Religious Studies organized a series of panel discussions, one each quarter, aimed at bringing together Northwestern scholars in various fields whose work engages topics of religion. Co-hosted by the Brady Program in Ethics and Civic life, and co-sponsored by the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, the series was very successful, and Religious Studies looks forward to continuing to foster interdisciplinary dialogue across Northwestern's many diverse and exciting communities.
The Evolution of the Papacy: Modernity, Media, and Mission, October 16-17th, 2015
October 16, 2015 • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The papacy of John XXIII and the convening of the Second Vatican Council are rightly seen as watersheds in the history of the Catholic Church--but in many ways it is the broad fifty-seven years since the beginning of John’s papacy that have seen profound changes in the institution of the papacy, as the popes have self-consciously engaged the modern world. Communication with Catholics and others–and thus also the self-representation and image of the papacy—has been transformed by the ways popes have used and been used by the electronic media. Frequent travel across the globe has changed the ways popes make contact with multiple communities and the ways their presence becomes a media event. The diverse geographical and cultural backgrounds of the popes have also conditioned their engagement with modernity, producing a papacy that is more manifestly global in its origins and in its reach. Popes’ responses to and silences before crises of the modern world have shaped public perception of the papacy and with it, popes’ influence. Popes have canonized saints at an unprecedented rate and across an unprecedented global reach, and they have themselves been canonized with frequency not known in centuries; these canonizations have highlighted the changing role of the papacy as an institution, the expectations placed on popes, and the new varieties of sanctity the modern world endorses. This conference will deal with these changes and challenges to the papacy over the last fifty-seven years. It will feature prominent scholars of the papacy from four continents. It will address ways in which an evolving papacy relates to the issues of a global Church, modern society with its nearly instantaneous electronic media, an informed and often independent-minded laity, and a world of increasingly fascinated but frequently puzzled onlookers.