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RELS Fall 2015 Courses

Looking for interesting courses for the fall? Check out our RELS undergraduate offerings -- including many that fulfill College sector and foundational approaches requirements, such as... 

Prof. McDaniel among 34st Street's "Penn's Best Professors"

After tallying over 150 nominations for the best professor at Penn, 34st Street selected Penn's best-loved profs--among them, our very own Prof. Justin McDaniel!

Prof. Elias on opposition to images of Muhammad in Islam

Are depictions of Muhammad actually forbidden in Islamic scripture? From where does this aversion to pictorial representations arise? And are all Muslims similarly offended? Prof. Jamal J. Elias explains in The Conversation.

Prof. Weitzman reflects on his first year as Katz Center director

Katz Center 2015 newsletter includes reflections from Prof. Steve Weitzman on his first year as Ella Darivoff Director of Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies 

New residential program and RELS Freshman Seminar on "Making Meaning"

Annette Yoshiko Reed and Benjamin Fleming, Faculty Master and Associate Master of Fisher Hassenfeld College House, are developing a new residential program and Freshman Seminar on "Making Meaning" (RELS 035), exploring issues of global cultural and religious difference through the lens of the diversity of Philadelphia 

Jay Treat Wins Penn Staff Award

Jay C. Treat recently won the "silver" award in the School of Arts and Sciences Staff Incentive Program.

Undergraduate Jessie Sun Publishes Article in Major Scholarly Journal in Buddhist Studies

Jessie Sun, a visiting student from New Zealand and based at the University of Melbourne (now) wrote  term paper in Penn's Religious Studies course "Introduction to Buddhism." A major scholarly journal in the field published it. You can access it here.

RELS Major James An featured in PennNews

"What started out as a summer volunteer project and a journey to Thailand to learn about Buddhism may lead to a career choice for University of Pennsylvania student James An." [Read more