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The Early Medieval Metaverse

Jamie Kreiner is Professor in the History Department at the University of Georgia.  Her most recent book is Legions of Pigs in the Early Medieval West, which won the George Perkins Marsh Prize, American Society for Environmental History, 2021, for the best book in environmental history.  She has also won the William Koren, Jr. Prize from the Society for French Historical Studies and the Wayne D. Rasmussen Award from the Agricultural History Society.   She is one of the co-authors of the article “The Environmental History of the Late Antique West: A Bibliographic Essay” (2018).  Among the undergraduate seminars she has taught are “The Animal and the Human in the Middle Ages”, “Economy and Society before Capitalism”, and “The Medieval Mind: Cognition, Media Culture, Ethics”.  She is a member of “Dirty History”, an interdisciplinary workshop in agriculture, environment, and capitalism.

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"Reading Jewish Stories in an Age of Climate Change: Grappling with Risk, Reimagining Hope"

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This is the first lecture in the mini-series sponsored by World Religions on "Religion and the Environment".

Julia Watts Belser is an associate professor of Jewish Studies in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Georgetown University and core faculty in Georgetown's Disability Studies Program, as well as a senior research fellow at the Berkley Center.  She is the author of Rabbinic Tales of Destruction: Gender, Sex, and Disability in the Ruins of Jerusalem (Oxford University Press, 2018). She has held faculty fellowships at Harvard Divinity School and the Katz Center for Advanced Jewish Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.  She currently directs an initiative on disability and climate change, which brings together disability activists, artists, policy makers, and academics to address how disability communities are disproportionately affected by environmental risk and climate disruption.

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Spring 2023 Courses!

There is an exciting roster of courses this Spring that bear credit toward the World Religions Minor!  On the "Home" page of this website is the link for declaring the Minor.  It's a decision that is not written in stone, but which makes it easier for advisors to keep track of the credits as they accrue.  Please note that the one course required for the Minor, ANT 335 ("Religion in Everyday Life") will be offered this Spring.  There is a wide array of courses in a number of disciplines -- room for exploration!

We welcome our new Post-Doctoral Scholar in Catholic Studies!

The World Religions Minor welcomes Dr. Sinu Rose, the Cottrill-Rolfes Post-Doctoral Scholar in Catholic Studies!  Dr. Rose will be teaching HIS 330 “Christian Thought to the Reformation” in the Spring  Semester of 2022, as well as another course yet to be announced.  This is a wonderful opportunity for us to view the history of Christianity through fresh lenses!  Dr. Rose received her Ph.D. from the University of Hyderabad for her dissertation on the topic of Portuguese Impact on Christianity in Kerala with Special Reference to Church Architecture 16th-18th Centuries AD.

Gendered Martyrdom: Orthodox Jewish Hagiographies of Holocaust Victims

Professor Sinnreich is a scholar of Jewish experience during the Holocaust and European Jewry.  Dr. Sinnreich serves as the editor in chief of the Journal of Jewish Identities (Johns Hopkins University Press).  Dr. Sinnreich She has served as a fellow at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. in 2007 and at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem in 2009. Her forthcoming book is entitled:The Atrocity of Hunger: Starvation in the Warsaw, Lodz and Krakow Ghettos.

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