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Professor Justin McDaniel Advises President Obama

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.

 

Congratulations to 2016 RELS Graduate Julia Hintlian!

Julia Hintlian, who graduated from Penn in May with a major in Religious Studies, has recently placed second in the national Theta Alpha Kappa Graduate Fellowship Competition.

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!

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 

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 

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.