Roundtable Speaker Series | Anthropomorphic Techniques in the Worship of Mount Govardhan

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Date: Thursday, March 24, 2016 Time: 12:00 PM-1:30 PM Location: IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute UL 4115P This presentation examines the worship of stones from Mount Govardhan, a sacred hill in north-central India. Particular emphasis will be given to the anthropomorphic ritual process of dressing the revered stones and adding a face to them for […]

Lecture| Heather Blair Presents “Affecting Religion: Picturebooks and the Configuration of Childhood Virtues”

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Date: Friday, Dec. 4,2015 Time: 12:00 PM-1:30 PM Location: UL 4115P Heather Blair, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at IU-Bloomington presents, “Affecting Religion: Picturebooks and the Configuration of Childhood Virtues.” Postwar Japanese picture books often appropriate elements with recognizably religious pedigrees—characters, plots, visual imagery—for use in the education and entertainment of young children. Working against […]

NEH awards IUPUI-Ivy Tech partnership $119,009 grant to create world religions curriculum

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With funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis will work in partnership with Ivy Tech Community College faculty to create 150 course modules on world religions for Ivy Tech humanities classes. The NEH, in Washington, D.C., recently announced it has awarded IUPUI $119,009 to conduct “World Religions in Greater Indianapolis,” […]

Dr. Stephen Selka presents “Mapping the Moral in African Diaspora Tourism in Brazil”

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At 12:00pm on April, 30th the IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute will host Dr. Stephen Selka.  His lecture will explore African diaspora tourism in Bahia, Brazil, particularly African American “pilgrimages” to the Afro-Catholic festival of Our Lady of the Good Death (or simply Boa Morte) celebrated every August by women of African descent involved with the Afro-Brazilian religion of […]

IUPUI professor’s new book examines ‘Islam in the African Diaspora’

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A new book by Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis professor Edward Curtis examines Islam in the global African diaspora, showing the many ways Islam is practiced by people of African descent while looking at the ways those practices have been influenced by their experience and interpretation of diaspora. Bilal, whose mother was Ethiopian, is the historical […]

IU consortium awards faculty grants for work on ‘Wonder and the Natural World’

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The Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics and Society has awarded $51,248 to 11 faculty members from three IU campuses to further their research on the topic of “Wonder and the Natural World.” This grant funding is the first phase of a two-year thematic initiative sponsored by the consortium on the theme of “Wonder […]

Michael Eric Dyson headlines event to honor outstanding IU School of Education alumni

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Scholar of African American, religion and cultural studies Michael Eric Dyson is the keynote speaker for the third annual “Celebration of Transformational Educators” event presented by the IU School of Education at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. The event, at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Madame Walker Theater, 617 Indiana Ave., in Indianapolis, is free […]

Davis continues ‘telling stories’ in new novel with a twist to an old theme

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Thomas J. Davis’ third and latest novel brings something new to the age-old tale of a man selling his soul to the devil. In The Devil Likes to Sing (Cascade Books), Davis, professor of religious studies and associate dean for academic programs in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, tells the story of […]

Curtis awarded for NEH Summer Seminar about Muslim American Identity

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The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in Washington, D.C, has announced that Edward Curtis, Millennium Chair of the Liberal Arts and professor of religious studies, has been awarded $114,438 to conduct a national seminar for school teachers on “Muslim American Identities, Past and Present.” The three-week seminar, which will take place on the IUPUI […]