Center for Culture, Society, and Religion Jump To: Jump To: Overview The Center for Culture, Society, and Religion facilitates intellectual exchange and interdisciplinary study of religion among students and faculty. The center encourages scholarship that examines religion or aspects of religion comparatively and in diverse historical and contemporary manifestations through the lenses of the various humanities and social science disciplines. It supplements the curriculum of the Department of Religion by drawing students and faculty together from diverse departments and by fostering research in which religion or the consequences of religion may be one of several components under investigation. Program Offerings One of the center's activities is to sponsor new freshman seminars and other undergraduate courses by offering funding to faculty to develop these courses. The center also offers an interdisciplinary seminar on culture, society, and religion that is open to upper-level undergraduates with permission of the instructor. In addition to sponsoring courses, the Center for Culture, Society, and Religion supports faculty who wish to plan interdisciplinary conferences, symposia or guest speaker series focusing on topics related to religion. These and other center-sponsored public lectures and conferences promote greater discussion about understanding of religion in the wider society. The center also selects undergraduate research fellows, funding juniors and seniors pursuing independent work and senior theses concerned with the ethical, social and cultural contributions and implications of religion. The center draws to students’ attention the fact that more than 50 courses dealing with the historical development of religious traditions and their role in current affairs are regularly offered under the auspices of more than a dozen departments and programs. Information about relevant undergraduate courses can be found on the center's website, and the center’s faculty and staff are available to consult with students interested in exploring the interdisciplinary study of religion. Faculty Director Jonathan C. Gold Executive Committee André Benhaïm, French & Italian Wallace D. Best, Religion Ellen B. Chances, Slavic Lang & Literatures Patricia Fernández-Kelly, Sociology Beatrice E. Kitzinger, Art and Archaeology Bryan D. Lowe, Religion Seth A. Perry, Religion Sarah Rivett, English Jack B. Tannous, History Stephen F. Teiser, Religion Moulie Vidas, Religion Associated Faculty Michael W. Cadden, Lewis Center for the Arts Michael A. Cook, Near Eastern Studies Rafaela M. Dancygier, Schl of Public & Int'l Affairs Mitchell Duneier, Sociology Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, Near Eastern Studies Eddie S. Glaude, African American Studies Jonathan C. Gold, Religion Amaney A. Jamal, Politics Beatrice E. Kitzinger, Art and Archaeology Eve Krakowski, Near Eastern Studies Hendrik Lorenz, Philosophy Carolina Mangone, Art and Archaeology Jan-Werner Müller, Politics Chika O. Okeke-Agulu, Art and Archaeology Elaine H. Pagels, Religion Sara S. Poor, German Carolyn M. Rouse, Anthropology Marina Rustow, Near Eastern Studies Esther H. Schor, English Barbara A. White, Music Tamsen O. Wolff, English Sits with Committee Christina H. Lee Judith Weisenfeld, ex officio For a full list of faculty members and fellows please visit the department or program website.