Are you a PhD student thinking about life outside of academia? Do you want to explore alternative career ideas?
On Saturday, May 7th, The University of Pennsylvania's Department of Religious Studies presents, "Alternative Careers for PhDs in the Humanities & Social Sciences" from 3:00-5:30PM in the Cohen Hall Terrace room.
This 3 paneled presentation will include two PhDs who have chosen a non-teaching career path in areas of curatorship, foundations, and consulting & writing:
Curatorship: Dr. Catharine Allgor (The Huntington) & Dr. Beth Citron (The Rubin Museum)
Foundations: Dr. Nadina Gardner (The National Endowment for the Humanities) & Dr. John Paul Christy (The American Council of Learned Societies)
Consulting & Writing: Dr. Jason Wilson (The Guardian) & Dr. David Engel (Wells Fargo Advisors)
RSVP: email@example.com Questions: 215-898-7453
Penn's home page features a video article, "The Stand at Standing Rock", in which Tim Powell, senior lecturer in the Department of Religious Studies, reflects on the significance of the stand at Standing Rock.
As Philadelphians and Religious
Studies scholars, we are deeply shocked and troubled by the recent desecration
of over 100 Jewish gravestones at the Mount Carmel cemetery. This act goes
beyond vandalism. Cemeteries are sacred places. Respect for the dead and their
remains are among what most unifies different religions and cultures across
history and geography. Desecrating these gravestones not only communicates
disrespect for the dead, and their Jewish identities, but also disrupts the bonds
that connect us as human beings.
Civil liberties groups have warned that the Trump presidency poses a dire threat to religious liberty in the United States, especially for Muslims but also potentially for others. A sharp rise in hate crimes directed against religious minorities has already taken place, and many fear that worse is to come. Others look forward to Trump’s presidency as a time of renewed religious liberty, expecting the federal government to stop interfering in their religious lives or even looking to it to promote their religious beliefs.
Religious Studies Senior Lecturer, Timothy B. Powell will be directing the Penn Language Center's new EPIC initiative. EPIC hopes to increase the diversity of language education at Penn by expanding and offering students a number of new options for Indigenous languages offered on campus. In addition to enriching students' experiences, EPIC also aims to preserve endangered languages of the Native American community.
Professor Justin McDaniel's latest book, Architects of Buddhist
Leisure: Socially Disengaged Buddhism in Asia's Museum, Monuments, and Amusement
Parks(University of Hawaii Press, 2017) will be the subject of a panel: Studying Sites of Religious Leisure: A Roundtable Discussion on Justin McDaniel’s
Architects of Buddhist Leisure.
"There have been certain periods when American religious communities have
been especially vulnerable to government harassment and
persecution—during World War I, when religiously motivated conscientious
objectors were subject to suspicion and arrest, and the Cold War era,
when the FBI infiltrated or sought to discredit left-leaning religious
leaders and communities it took to be puppets of a sinister foe. The
current political climate warrants urgent concern that America may be on
the verge of adding another chapter to this shameful history of
religious persecution (Johnson & Weitzman, 2016)."
Years after 9/11, America is still struggling with how to balance the demands of national security with its commitment to religious liberty, and the FBI has been at the front lines of this struggle. The FBI and Religion is the first attempt to tell the story of the FBI's interaction with religion from its beginnings in 1908 through the Cold War, the Civil Rights movement, the "cult wars" of the late Twentieth Century, and the counter-terrorism efforts of the Twenty-First century.
President Obama recently became the first sitting U.S. President to visit the country of Laos. Professor Justin McDaniel advised President Obama on his speech in Laos and provided his team with information about Lao literature, religion, culture, food, and education.