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Department News

The Department of Religious Studies is pleased to announce that Dr. Wendi Adamek has been appointed to the Numata Chair in Buddhist Studies, starting January 1, 2014.

Congratulations to Connie Mahoney who successfully defended her PhD Dissertaton "Towards Ethical Relations: Levinas, Care, Ricoeur" on September 13, 2013.

Congratulations to Miriam Fry who successfully defended her MA Thesis "When Those in Judea Flee to the Mountains: Mobility, Property, and Loss in Mark’s Gospel" on September 4, 2013.

Congratulations to Chien Hsu who successfully defended his PhD Dissertation "Bhaviveka's Jewel in the Hand Treatise: Elucidating A Path to Awakening Utilizing Formal Inference" on September 4, 2013.

PhD student Jenna Ferrey spent the summer of 2013 in India working with the Human Development Unit at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) as part of the UCAN-UNDP Fellowship Program. Read more about her work here.

One of our own on YouTube: Roselle Gonsalves

Congratulations to Matt Koczkur who successfully defended his MA Thesis "An Application of Ricoeur's Narrative Theory: Envisaging the Shamanic in Ayahuasca Narrative Literature" on May 30, 2013.

Congratulations to Sarah Gallant who successfully defended her PhD Dissertation "Imagination in Exemplary Religious Narratives:  An Examination of a Saint, a Goddess, and the work of Paul Ricoeur" on May 28, 2013.

Congratulations to Leslie Sawchenko who successfully defended her MA Thesis "The Concept of the Person: The Contributions of Gabriel Marcel and Emmanuel Mounier to the Philosophy of Paul Ricoeur" on January 14, 2013.

Congratulations to Chris Daniels who successfully defended his PhD Dissertation "All My Relations: A Process-Indigenous Study in Comparative Ontology" on December 14, 2012.

Congratulations to Christopher Emory-Moore who successfully defended his MA Thesis "The Systematic Dynamics of Guru Yoga in Euro-North American Gelug-pa Formations" on September 5, 2012.

Congratulations to Cecilia Gossen who successfully defended her PhD Dissertation "Place-Making and Meaning-Making in the Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela" on June 27, 2012.

Giving Women a Voice In Religious Studies: For 12 years, Morny Joy, a professor of religious studies, has examined the ways in which religions help or hinder women’s access to human rights and gender equality. See the story in U Magazine (click here).

Shinobu Apple was featured in an article in UToday "Turning Over the Lectern" on November 24, 2011. Check out the story here.

Congratulations to Tracy Derynck who successfully defended her PhD Dissertation "The Meanings and Implications of 'life as sacred' as an Ethical-Religious Claim" on September 16, 2011.

Congratulations to Eliezer Segal on the publication of his book Reading Jewish Religious Texts.

 







Congratulations to Sharon Mogen who successfully defended her MA Thesis "Women and Death Rituals in Late Antiquity: Forming the Christian Identity" on August 22, 2011.

Congratulations to Morny Joy on receiving an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki on May 27, 2011.

Congratulations to Jöel Laforest who successfully defended his MA Thesis "Magical Markets and Invisible Hands: Rethinking Religion and the Capitalist Spirit" on May 20, 2011.

Congratulations to Kyle Nunweiler who successfully defended his MA Thesis "Making Sense of the Sacred: Testing Justin Barrett’s Counterintuitiveness Coding and Quantifying System on the Classical Evidence from the Hebrew Bible" on May 16, 2011.

Congratulations to Chris Emory-Moore who was the Pacific Northwest American Academy of Religion Graduate Essay competition winner with his "Clear and Uncreated: The Experience of Inner Light in Gelug Tantrism and Byzantine Hesychasm."

Congratulations to Anne White on receiving the Emerald Literati Network 2011 Award for Excellence for the paper "Religious environmentalism as a vital contribution to sustainability" published in the Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy.

Congratulations to Ali Fares who successfully defended his MA Thesis "Myth within Jewish and Islamic Scriptures" on April 28, 2011.

Congratulations to Dr. Irving Hexham on the publication of his book Understanding World Religions: An Interdisciplinary Approach.
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Congratulations to Kendra Marks who successfully defended her MA thesis Goddesses, Monsters, and Monstrous Goddesses: The Portrayal of Kali in the Devi Mahatmya on January 21, 2011.

Congratulations to Yasmin Merchant who successfully defended her MA thesis Vanishing Frontiers: Re-thinking the Mystical in Avicenna and Maimonides on November 29, 2010.

Congratulations to Irving Hexham who has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. See the article in UToday.

Congratulations to Tenzan Eaghll who successfully defended his MA Thesis "Martin Luther and the God Who Acts: Finding Common Ground in the Current Debates on Justification"on August 25, 2010.

Congratulations to Sergey Petrov who successfully defended his PhD dissertation "The Prairie Flower: A Biography of the Russian-Ukrainian Church of Evangelical Christians in Benito, Manitoba from 1928 to 1996"on July 29, 2010.

Congratulations to Leslie Kawamura who was awarded The Order of the University of Calgary on June 10, 2010.

Congratulations to Darryl Ferguson who successfully defended his MA thesis "Beyond the Struggle: Paul Ricoeur's Revision of Recognition"on April 22, 2010.

Congratulations to Kathleen Jones who successfully defended her MA thesis "Ancient Words in Modern Times: Feminist Reinterpretations of Wisdom"on April 19, 2010.

Congratulations to Scott Currie who successfully defended his MA thesis "An Evaluation of Paul Tillich's God-talk for Contemporary Religious Studies"on November 16, 2009.

Congratulations to Aaron Jensen who successfully defended his MA thesis "In Echos of Silence: The Turn to Love and Care in Heiegger and Rosenzweig"on September 15, 2009.

Congratulations to John Conway, winner of the 2009 Humanities Silver Medallion in Religious Studies.

Congratulations to Naomi Shimosaka who successfully defended her Honours thesis "Ecofeminism as a Bridge of Discussion Between Over Industrialized Japanese Society and the Environmental Values of Shinto" on April 30, 2009.

Congratulations to Anna Samuelson who successfully defended her Honours thesis "A Translation and Study of the Vajravilasini namah Vajravarahi Sadhana (Rdo rje phag mo sgrub thabs rdo rje rnam par sgeg ma zhes bya ba)" on April 28, 2009.

Congratulations to Kyle Nunweiler who successfully defended his Honours thesis "Divine Agency in the Narrative of Abraham" on April 27, 2009.

Congratulations to John Conway who successfully defended his Honours thesis "Placing Sayyid Qutb. Place Studies Theory and the Contemporary Jahiliyyah" on April 23, 2009.

Congratulations to Aimée-Jo Benoit who successfully defended her MA thesis "The Scholar as Jazz Musician:  Exploring the Role of Creativity in the Academic Study of Religion" on April 27, 2009.

Congratulations to Nicole Libin who successfully defended her PhD dissertation "The Choosing People: Constructing Jewish Buddhist Identity in America" on April 20, 2009.