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Fall 2010

Welcome to this new academic year! The following picture was taken after the Fall 2010 orientation for new, returning, and continuing graduate students. Sakamaki Hall has been renovated to a certain extent, and we all appreciate the new air-conditioning system (which used to be freezingly cold).

The Department of Religion welcomes a new faculty member: Jeffrey (Kapali) Lyon, our new specialist in Christianity, who is also an expert in Hawaiian language texts.

At the same time, the Department bids farewell to Kristin Bloomer. We wish her the best at Carleton College, Northfield, MN, where she joined the Department of Religion.

Fall 2010 orientation


Spring 2010

As the Spring 2010 semester drew to a close, we have been preparing for the replacement of the air-conditioning system and packing the library. The pictures below show some examples of team work. They were taken on May 7, 2010.


Takashi's presentation on Maitreya concluded the semester.

Fall 2009

Welcome to new and returning graduate students! Picture taken after the orientation on August 19, 2009.

Spring 2009

This Spring Semester brings the perspective of several fascinating presentations, thesis defenses, and other collegial events. Please check the PIPS and BBC pages for the schedule of upcoming talks. Below is a picture taken after the thesis defense of Christine L. Walters in March 2009.

Fall 2008

The new semester is in full swing since classes resumed on August 25. On the previous Wednesday, we had a welcome reception for new and returning graduate students. Here is a picture taken in front of the Department after the reception.

Summer 2008

The Department of Religion welcomes two new faculty members for Fall 2008: Kristin Bloomer, our new specialist on Christianity in Asia, and James Frankel, our first specialist on Islam. We believe that with their contributions, we can offer a much wider curriculum for our undergraduate program and enrich our graduate curriculum with new possibilities for the study of Christianity and Islam in Asia. We invite you to visit their individual pages to learn more about them and their academic areas of interest.

At the same time, the Department bids farewell to Andrew Crislip, our specialist in ancient Christianity. For the past five years, Andrew has been an excellent colleague and an inspiring scholar. He enhanced the Department at all levels of the curriculum, in particular by providing our graduate students with a firm grounding in the theory and methods for the academic study of religion. We wish him continued success at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he will join the Department of History.

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