Message from the Directors, December 2017

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As we wrap-up the semester, we want to take a moment to thank you for your support of BCSR. Whether you participated by attending a lecture, donating, or simply by reading our newsletters, we appreciate your connection to our program. This fall was a very productive semester, with important events dedicated to ritual, Protestantism in the U.S., the senses and …

BCSR Announces Call for New Directions in Theology Graduate Student Grant Nominations

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The Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion (BCSR) is pleased to announce the New Directions in Theology Graduate Student Grants. Up to four awards in the amount of $5,000 are designated for incoming graduate students in their first year of study in 2018-2019. The New Directions in Theology award supports promising incoming graduate students with high potential for interdisciplinary …

Religion Courses on Offer by BCSR Affiliated Faculty for Spring 2018

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Among the courses on offer next semester are three courses charting the rise and development of western Christianity and its expansion to the Western Hemisphere. These courses, taken together, explore how Christian history has come to shape modern society. History of Christianity to 1250 CE. HIST 185A. (200 Wheeler, TuTh 9:30-11). Taught by Susanna Elm (History) Description: The course deals …

BCSR Welcomes Berkeley Postdoctoral Fellow in Public Theology Yunus Dogan Telliel

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Yunus Doğan Telliel is the Berkeley Postdoctoral Fellow in Public Theology for the 2017-18 academic year. He recently completed his Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. He serves on the steering committees of the “Contemporary Islam” and “Science, Technology, and Religion” program units in the American Academy of Religion. At BCSR, Telliel will …

Affiliated Faculty Offer an Array of Religion-Related Courses

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Keeping with BCSR’s interdisciplinary breadth and historical reach, this fall affiliated faculty will teach courses related to religion in fields from sociology to comparative literature, covering periods from ancient Egypt to the present. Several examples of such coursework: Francesco Spagnolo (Music) will guide students through Jewish rituals and nightlife in collaboration with Schusterman Visiting Artist Victoria Hanna as part of …

Directors Discuss BCSR, Public Theology, and the Importance of Studying Religion at Cal with CBS

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BCSR Co-Directors Jonathan Sheehan and Mark Csikszentmihalyi recently sat down with CBS San Francisco’s Mosaic program to discuss the role and importance of the study of religion in contemporary experience, particularly at public universities like Cal. In the wide-ranging interview, Sheehan and Csikszentmihalyi explain the genesis and evolution of religious studies at Berkeley, and the particular approaches and strengths that …

Message from the Directors, June 2017

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June 29, 2017 Dear Friends of BCSR, 2016-2017 was an extraordinary year for the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion. We’d like to give you a sense of our activities, current, and future, and thank you for helping to make our year such a success. Our biggest news revolves around the first full year of funding from the three-year, …

Summer Grantees to Conduct Research Around the Globe

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Funding from the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion (BCSR) will allow four graduate students to travel to China, Jordan, Germany, and Washington D.C. this summer to further their respective research projects. Support for these grants of $2,000 to $4,000 is provided by the Frank and Leslie Yeary Endowment for Ethics in the Humanities, established to support research and scholarship in ethics. …

New Directions in Theology Cohort Will Begin Work in the Fall

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The Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion (BCSR) has selected eight graduate students from six departments to participate in the 2017-2018 New Directions in Theology Program. The participants, listed below, will explore various theological topics and refine their research projects with the guidance of BCSR faculty. The cohort includes incoming first-year and continuing second-year students of UC Berkeley PhD …

BCSR Announces Graduate Student Summer Research Grants in Religion

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The Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion (BCSR) is offering summer research grants to advanced graduate students working on topics at the intersection of religion and ethics, broadly construed. The grant is supported by the Frank and Lesley Yeary Endowment for Ethics in Humanities, established to support research and scholarship in ethics. Grants range from $2,000 to $5,000, and …

BCSR New Directions in Theology Grants for Second-Year Graduate Students | Call for Applications

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BCSR is offering up to four grants in the amount of $5,000 each for graduate students in their second year of study in 2017-18.* New Directions grants are provided by BCSR through the Public Theology Program, a critical three-year research initiative funded by the Henry Luce Foundation. Grantees participate in a cohort of early-career students from diverse disciplines to explore the …