Advancing creative and critical scholarship on religion in the world


What should a conversation about religion look like in a public university? How should a public university foster deeper engagements with the historical and contemporary aspects of religious traditions? How can a public university help students and future leaders understand the changing dynamics of religious and secular life? These are just some of the questions … Continue reading

BCSR is pleased to announce its 2015-16 program of public lectures and events. Scholars and artists from a wide range of backgrounds will address diverse topics in religion, from the lives of cloistered nuns in New Jersey, to fifteenth-century Persian painting, to the role of Christians in the articulation of religious identity in the Mongol … Continue reading

The Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion has received a $1 million grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to fund the three-year Berkeley Public Theology Program. For the offical announcement, click here. Please continue to check the BCSR website in the coming months for more information on forthcoming programs funded by this grant. … … Continue reading

BCSR’s Graduate Student Event Grants support innovative proposals for graduate student-led lectures, seminars, and conferences for public and campus audiences. BCSR has awarded three $500 grants in support of the following, Joseph Albernaz (English) Deus Sive Veruft: Schelling’s Transformation of Spinoza’s God – March 18, 2015 Yitzhak Melamed (Professor of Philosophy, Johns Hopkins University), will … Continue reading

The Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion is offering five to ten summer research grants in the amount of $5000 each for advanced graduate students working on topics in the study of religion, broadly construed. Applications are welcome from all UC Berkeley Ph.D. students who have advanced to candidacy, with preference given to those … Continue reading