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The Waters and Harvey Show on BPR is returning with new shows.  Join our own Dr. Harvey and our colleague Dr. Waters eve...
07/16/2020
The Waters and Harvey Show

The Waters and Harvey Show on BPR is returning with new shows. Join our own Dr. Harvey and our colleague Dr. Waters every Friday and Saturday.

Blue Ridge Public Radio presents the third season of The Waters and Harvey Show. The weekly series - addressing the experiences and influences of

One of our favorite teachers, scholars, mentors -- Congratulations to Dr. Kate Zubko for her recent promotion to Full Pr...
06/12/2020

One of our favorite teachers, scholars, mentors -- Congratulations to Dr. Kate Zubko for her recent promotion to Full Professor!

AAR Statement on Racism and George Floyd Murder
06/04/2020
AAR Statement on Racism and George Floyd Murder

AAR Statement on Racism and George Floyd Murder

When a white supremacist entered an African Methodist Episcopal church in Charleston, SC, and executed nine worshippers, the nation was stunned. We vowed to do better. When Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Deborah Danner, Michael Brown, Alteria Woods, Philando Castile, Atatiana Jefferson, and countless othe...

Congrats to Rodger Payne on being awarded one of UNCA’s highest teaching award honors - the Distinguished Teacher of the...
05/08/2020

Congrats to Rodger Payne on being awarded one of UNCA’s highest teaching award honors - the Distinguished Teacher of the Year!

A virus that hits all faiths tests religion's tie to science
05/02/2020
A virus that hits all faiths tests religion's tie to science

A virus that hits all faiths tests religion's tie to science

Tanzania's president claimed the coronavirus "cannot sit in the body of Christ." Israel's health minister dismissed a potential curfew by saying that "the Messiah will come and save us." A global Musl...

The UNC Asheville Center for Jewish Studies in Partnership with the Fine Arts Theatre is pleased to offer a Video On Dem...
04/13/2020

The UNC Asheville Center for Jewish Studies in Partnership with the Fine Arts Theatre is pleased to offer a Video On Demand screening of "Saul and Ruby's Holocaust Survivor Band."

The first 75 people who register may view this acclaimed documentary at no charge from April 22 to 24. If we exceed 75 registrants, the film will be available at the regular rental price of $6. NOTE: This film includes graphic documentary footage from the Holocaust and as such may not be advisable for young children.

TO REGISTER – Click the following link and fill out the form with your name and email address: https://bit.ly/saulruby. Further instructions and information can be found there.

To be added to the CJS email list, please complete the following form:
https://forms.gle/YZh6d4MFbXejhJwW9

For more information, contact the Center for Jewish Studies at [email protected] or 828.333.7126.

02/20/2020

Call for Papers: Undergraduate and graduate students writing on some aspect of religion and law (be it civil, canon, halakhah, sharia, or some other construction of “law”) are invited to submit original papers to Religio et Lex, an online, peer-reviewed journal recently established under the auspices of the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom at Virginia Wesleyan University. Not a law journal, Religio et Lex provides a forum for graduates and undergraduates from all disciplines whose work explores the many points of contact of religion and law.

Materials submitted by undergraduates are gently edited for style; materials submitted by graduate students, scholars, and practitioners are peer-reviewed by experts in appropriate fields. Please contact Dr. Eric Mazur ([email protected]) if you have any questions.

Study Abroad applications are due soon!
02/01/2020
Students Who Study Abroad Fare Better in Job Market

Study Abroad applications are due soon!

Collaboration between U.S. and foreign nations is essential to higher education, said educators meeting this week in Washington. “We believe always as educators, and as scholars, that we grow from interaction with others,” said Sri Zaheer, dean of the Carlson School of Management at the Universi...

Congratulations to Religious Studies majors and minors named to either the Dean's or Chancellor's list for Fall 2019: Ma...
01/06/2020
UNC Asheville Announces Fall 2019 Chancellor’s List and Dean’s List Students - News And Events | UNC Asheville

Congratulations to Religious Studies majors and minors named to either the Dean's or Chancellor's list for Fall 2019: Mary Allen, Cameron Barlow, Chris Conzone, Tim Griggs, Red McClung, Christian Parnell, Katelyn Sajewicz, and Nicolas Taylor.

The Chancellor’s List is made up of full-time students who have achieved a 4.0 grade point average. The Dean’s List is made up of full-time students who have achieved between 3.5 and 3.99 grade point average.   Barbados Madrid / Tres Cantos Claudia Prieto — Dean’s List Brazil Nova Lima Isab...

More photos from Commencement December 2019!
12/20/2019

More photos from Commencement December 2019!

More photos from Commencement December 2019!

Congratulations to our December 2019 graduates Liyah Foye, Richelle Ward, Nicolas Taylor, and Chris Conzone who graduate...
12/18/2019

Congratulations to our December 2019 graduates Liyah Foye, Richelle Ward, Nicolas Taylor, and Chris Conzone who graduated with Departmental Distinction!

12/03/2019
UNC Asheville Alumni Association

UNC Asheville Alumni Association

Today is #GivingTuesday! Around the world, Bulldogs are coming together to make an impact on the next generation of UNC Asheville students. Join them at unca.edu/GivingTuesday.

What can your gift do? Hannah, senior biology and neuroscience major, has thrived during her experience at UNC Asheville thanks to the UNC Asheville fund. Make a gift today to support more students like Hannah!

11/21/2019

End of semester party on December 8. We invite all area alumni to attend; contact Dr. Payne for details.

RELS majors. Shameless plug! 😉
10/27/2019

RELS majors. Shameless plug! 😉

Here at UNC Asheville we take pride in the quality and excellence of our faculty. In the comments, tell us who your favorite professor was (or still is) for a chance to win vouchers to a soccer or volleyball home game!

What does one do with a degree in Religious Studies?  Here’s what one of our recent graduates is doing now:
10/24/2019

What does one do with a degree in Religious Studies? Here’s what one of our recent graduates is doing now:

Whew! After all the holidays, we're back with more #WhosWhoAtTheISJL... finishing up all our fine #Fellows before sharing some more fun faces, too! :) Today, please meet 2019-2021 Education Fellow Rena Lubin!

Born in South Florida, Rena moved to Asheville, North Carolina, when she was nine years old and fell in love with the mountains! She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Religious Studies. Rena is an avid coffee and tea drinker, loves Mexican food, and is always up for an adventure - whether it be going out on a boat for the afternoon, heading out for a day-hike, or exploring a city. However, she also loves staying in to watch Harry Potter, TNT crime dramas, and Gilmore Girls; yoga; cooking; and face masks! Rena loves bringing in secular resources and analyzing them through a religious or cultural studies lens, making for great programs that she is so excited to bring to your communities! #ThisIsISJL #ISJLWhosWho #EducationTeam

10/21/2019

§ CALL FOR PAPERS §

21st Annual Southern Appalachian Undergraduate Philosophy Conference at the University of North Carolina at Asheville

Our symposium provides a professional style philosophical forum for aspiring undergraduates to present significant and original work. All papers will be evaluated by blind review process and prizes for the top three presentations.

Our judges and keynote speakers this year will be Dr. Daniela Vallega-Neu [University of Oregon] and Dr. Jay L. Garfield [Smith College]

Please submit each of the following as three separate MS Word files to [email protected]:

 a paper
 an abstract
 a separate cover sheet with name and affiliation

Papers on any philosophical topic are welcome. Papers should be designed for a 20-minute presentation time [approximately 10 standard double-spaced pages]. The paper should not contain the author's name or institutional affiliation.
Abstracts should be attached to the paper, should be one paragraph, double-spaced, no more than 150 words. These abstracts should not contain the author's name or institutional affiliation.

Cover sheets should be on a separate sheet, and should contain the title of the paper, the author's name, and the author's institutional affiliation, address, e-mail address, and phone number.

Submissions must be received by Friday, NOVEMBER 22, 2019; participants will be notified soon after Monday December 9, 2017

For submissions or further information, please contact:
Dr. Duane H. Davis
Department of Philosophy, CPO # 2830, UNCA
One University Heights
Asheville, NC 28804-3251
[email protected]

Sponsoring Organizations include: the Deryl Howard Memorial Fund, the Office of the Chancellor, the Office of the Deans, the Belk Chair in Humanities, the UNCA Philosophy Club, the NC Epsilon Chapter of Phi Sigma Tau, & the UNCA Philosophy Department

10/18/2019

Laurel Forum was filled tonight for the presentation by Dr. Jill Hicks-Keeton on the Museum of the Bible in Washington D.C. Thanks to Dr. Hicks-Keeton for an excellent presentation! Plans are underway for another guest speaker next month -- check our page regularly for updates!

Students and alums: A job opportunity!
10/16/2019
Program Assistant - Careers at the Aspen Institute

Students and alums: A job opportunity!

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington DC Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues The Institute has campuses in Aspen Colorado and on the Wye River on Marylands...

On October 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Laurel Forum (Karpen Hall, UNC Asheville campus) Dr.Jill Hicks-Keeton, University of O...
10/10/2019

On October 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Laurel Forum (Karpen Hall, UNC Asheville campus) Dr.Jill Hicks-Keeton, University of Oklahoma, will give a presentation entitled "Who Owns the Bible? An Unauthorized Scholarly Tour of D.C’s Museum of the Bible." The presentation is Free and Open to the Public and we especially encourage our area alumni to attend to inaugurate our tenth anniversary as a department!

Wake Forest Divinity School is hosting two Open Houses in October.  Some of our graduates have done their post-graduate ...
09/30/2019
Our Fall Open Houses Await

Wake Forest Divinity School is hosting two Open Houses in October. Some of our graduates have done their post-graduate work there and think highly of the program.

As involved members of your communities, you play an integral role in recruiting future students to our MDiv program. Recently, an increasing number of people seeking admission mention that they first hear about us from you. Thank you for seeing their potential as they seek to make a difference thro...

Regarding a Center jointly supported by Duke and UNC Chapel Hill.
09/25/2019
Middle East Studies Association

Regarding a Center jointly supported by Duke and UNC Chapel Hill.

MESA and 18 other academic associations, representing over 100,000 concerned members, issue letter in response to allegations made by the DoE against the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies, calling attention to the overly narrow and partisan conception of international studies contained in....

Religious Studies is a co-sponsor of this event!
08/28/2019
Smart Bets: Jacqueline Osherow

Religious Studies is a co-sponsor of this event!

The acclaimed poet will read from her work at UNCA on Sept. 3.

08/26/2019

Welcome back students! Renowned Jewish-American poet Jacqueline Osherow will read from her recently published 8th book of poetry, "My Lookalike at the Krishna Temple," on Sept. 3, 7 p.m. in the Laurel Forum (Karpen Hall) on the UNC Asheville campus. Sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies; free and open to the public.

Publisher's Weekly writes of Osherow, "A poet who offers opinions and reactions to the weightiest questions of history and religion, while sounding less like an authority than like a particularly well-traveled friend."

The annual meeting of the North Carolina Religious Studies Association will be held at UNC Chapel Hill on Saturday, Octo...
06/21/2019
NCRSA - 2018 Meeting

The annual meeting of the North Carolina Religious Studies Association will be held at UNC Chapel Hill on Saturday, October 5, 2019. Proposals are due by June 30. Click link for more information.

05/23/2019

Congratulations to our majors and minors who made the Chancellor's or Dean's List for the spring 2019 semester: Cameron Barlow, Cassidy Bronack. ChrisMarie Conzone, Tim Griggs, Jerry Pcolar, Katelyn Sajewicz, Carolyn Schweitz, and Noah Wurth!

From Theta Alpha Kappa inductions, to end of the semester luncheons and senior breakfasts, to commencement, May has been...
05/13/2019

From Theta Alpha Kappa inductions, to end of the semester luncheons and senior breakfasts, to commencement, May has been a busy month! Congratulations to our newest major and minor alums!

Students and alums -- an opportunity!
05/06/2019

Students and alums -- an opportunity!

Help us build our online History of Christianity Teaching and Research Resource Archive!

The American Society for Church History invites scholars, graduate students, librarians, and archivists to submit resources and materials for the research and teaching of the history of Christianity, to be included in our online Archive.

We welcome materials covering the history of Christianity and its cultural contexts in all places and times, including its non-Western expressions–within traditional categories of historical periodization and geographical areas, or across periods or regions. We also encourage submissions that engage in interdisciplinary discussion, place theological ideas and lived religious practices in historical context, examine particular genres, source materials or methods, including the use of digital humanities and non-textual sources.

As well as linking to existing resources and projects, we accept original content for peer-review by our editorial committee.

Contributions may include, but are not limited to:

Digital projects and scholarship (databases, network analysis, mapping and GIS, archival digitization, interpretive websites etc.)
Sources and multimedia (texts, images, video, material culture, etc.)
Bibliographies and reference works
Syllabi
Assignments, class exercises or activities

There is no deadline for submissions as this will be an ongoing project.

Please send submissions to our editors at [email protected]. For original content, please include a brief paragraph describing your submission.

For questions about the Archive website, please contact K.A. Tuley at [email protected].

https://aschresources.org/

Awards Week continues!  Congratulations to graduating majors Jerry Pcolar and Carolyn Schweitz and Theta Alpha Kappa mem...
05/03/2019

Awards Week continues! Congratulations to graduating majors Jerry Pcolar and Carolyn Schweitz and Theta Alpha Kappa member Lisette Gallaher on earning distinction as University Scholars; and to alum Rena Lubin for winning the Phyllis G. Betts Award for Academic Excellence in Honors. Rena, Carolyn, and Jerry also won the departmental award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research and Scholarship as well as departmental awards for academic achievement. Our party honoring this year's graduates will be a luncheon on May 4th -- area alums are invited to join us!

Congratulations to Dr. Marcus Harvey who was recently promoted to Associate Professor with tenure!
05/02/2019

Congratulations to Dr. Marcus Harvey who was recently promoted to Associate Professor with tenure!

04/26/2019
UNC Asheville

As a part of the installation of our new chancellor, departmental faculty were honored to take part in a roundtable on religious diversity and interfaith dialogue. Thanks to Dr. Rick Richard Chess for joining us and to Dr. Eboo Patel who served as moderator and thought leader for the discussion.

“Celebrate UNC Asheville” Roundtable Four: The American Dream: Interfaith Leadership in a Religious Democracy, with Dr. Eboo Patel, author, founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core, and Rhodes Scholar whose most recent text is “Interfaith Leaders.”

UNC Asheville faculty respondents include Dr. Rick Chess, Roy Carroll Professor of Honors Arts and Sciences and Director of the Center for Jewish Studies; Dr. Rodger Payne, Chair and Professor of Religious Studies; Dr. Kate Zubko, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, NEH Distinguished Professor in the Humanities, 2018-21; and Dr. Marcus Harvey, assistant professor of Religious Studies.

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