Activities

Seeking the "Real" Francis of Assisi Luncheon

The Penn Journal of Religious Studies, a graduate and undergraduate journal, is currently looking for individuals who are interested in serving as editors.  We feel that members of the Religious Studies Department may be interested in this opportunity. The deadline to apply is September 20th. 

Religious Studies Undergraduate Society

 

The Department of Religious Studies will be hosting an undergraduate society for the 2016-17 school year.  The Penn Religious Studies Society is a newly-established organization designed to connect majors and minors of the undergraduate division and foster a community of members who share special interest in the field. 

RELS Fall 2016 Courses

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

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 

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.