Department of Religious Studies News

Professors Make Archaeological Finds in Jordan; Epigrapher to Speak Tuesday

Erin Darby, an assistant professor of religious studies, and Robert Darby, a lecturer in art history and classics, have spent the past three years excavating an archaeological site in southern Jordan. What they’ve found there, Robert Darby said, is “remarkable.” The epigrapher for the excavation—Chris Rollston, associate professor at Emmanuel Christian Seminary in Johnson City, TN—will be at UT on Tuesday, October 30, to talk about his work on a variety of archaeological projects with biblical ties.

Judeo-Arabic Linguistics Expert to Speak at UT

Benjamin Hary

Linguistics scholar Benjamin Hary of Emory University will kick off the newly created Karen and Pace Robinson Lecture on Modern Israel at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, August 29, in the McClung Museum auditorium at UT. Hary’s lecture is titled “The Politics of Judeo-Arabic: Israel as a Bilingual State.”

Never Forget: UT Professor Teaches Class on ‘Voices of the Holocaust’

Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day, but Professor Gilya Schmidt does her part every day to make sure people don’t forget the horrors of the Holocaust. A professor in the Department of Religious Studies, Schmidt has researched the world of German Jewry for the past twenty years. She teaches the undergraduate course Voices of the Holocaust each spring.

UT to Co-Sponsor One-Day Workshop on Islam April 14

The Department of Religious Studies is co-sponsoring a one-day workshop on Islam on Saturday, April 14. The workshop, “Teaching and Learning about Islam: Pedagogies and Perspectives,” will be held at the Sarah Simpson Professional Development/Technology Center, 801 Tipton Ave. Attendance is free, but registration is required.

UT Knoxville Selected to Host Visiting Professor from Israel

UT Knoxville’s Department of Religious Studies has been selected to host a Schusterman Visiting Israel Professor for the 2010-2011 academic year. Professor Alec Mishory is an art historian, author and lecturer at the Open University in Tel Aviv, Israel.

UT’s I-House to Host Discussion of ‘Christianity in the Middle East’

Two noted scholars of religion will lead a discussion about Christianity in the Middle East at the International House on Nov. 18. The forum, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m., and participants are asked to be seated by 6:30 p.m. A reception will follow.