Religious Studies 50th Anniversary
50/50:"The First Fifty Years, The Next Fifty Years"
The Vanderbilt University Religious Studies Department was established in 1969, therefore the 2019-2020 Academic Year marks the 50th Anniversary of our department! Throughout the course of the 2019-2020 academic year, the Religious Studies Department will be organizing various programming with the objective of celebrating the trailblazing scholarship of alumni, highlighting the department's commitment to innovative, socially-relevant work in the field and beyond, and educating the Vanderbilt community - particularly undergraduates - about who we are, the types of questions we investigate, and the enduring relevance of our field in the current sociopolitical climate.
The various programs of this 50th Anniversary celebration include:
- 50th Anniversary Guest Speaker Series - September 2019-November 2020
- Open Classroom - RLST 3142 (Slave Religion and Culture in the American South), Wells-Oghoghomeh - October 2019
- Exhibition of RLST 1010 Student Work, McNicholl - December 2019
- Sufism and Cinema, Taneja - March 2020
- "Why Religion Matters" Campaign - Ongoing