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Department of Religious Studies|College of Arts & Sciences

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Department of Religious Studies
Quincy D. Newell, Head
Office Associate:
Clayleen Rivord
Ross Hall, Room 122
Department 3392
1000 E. University Ave
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: 307-766-3204
Fax: 307-766-2096

Past Speakers


Tues., March 5, 2013

Dr. Quincy Newell of UW Religious Studies, will present "Marginal Mormons: Race and Religious Identity in the Noneteenth-Century Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints" on Tues., March 5, 2013 at 4:10 p.m. in Classroom Building, Room 222.

  • Abstract: The conventional wisdom is that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is and always has been almost entirely white.  However, both African Americans and Native Americans have formed a part of the church since its founding in the nineteenth century.  This talk explores some of the ways in which race and religious experience shaped one another for some of these early non-white Mormons.

Mon., January 28, 2013

Dr. June McDaniel of Charleston University, will present "When Many Gods Become One God: Indonesia & the Unity of the World Religions" on Mon., January 28, 2013 at 4:10 p.m. in Classroom Building, Room 214.

  • Field of Study: Scholar of Religion; History of Religion; World Religions; Religion in India and Indonesia
  • Publications: Perceiving the Divine through the Human Body, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011; Offering Flowers, Feeding Skulls: Popular Goddess Worship in West Bengal, New York: Oxford University Press, 2004; Making Virtuous Daughters and Wives:  An Introduction to Women's Brata Rituals in Bengali Folk Religion, Albany: SUNY Press, 2003; The Madness of the Saints: Ecstatic Religion in Bengal. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1989.


October 7 - 31, 2012

Manifold Greatness Exhibit. 

Tues., September 25, 2012

Dr. Steven Prothero of Boston University, will present on Tues., September 25, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in the Arts & Sciences Auditorium.



Tues., February 28, 2012

Dr. Tyler Roberts of Grinnell College, will present “Evaluating Place of Religion in the Humanities Today” on Tues., February 28, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. in the Classroom Building, Room 302.

Abstract: Based on research from his book, Encountering Religion: Responsibility and Criticism After Secularism, (Columbia University Press, forthcoming), Dr. Roberts discusses where the study of religion stands in the Humanities today, the ground-breaking shifts that have taken place in the discipline of Religious Studies, and what the humanistic study of religion potentially offers to the social sciences.

Thurs., Nov 3, 2011

Dr. Sidnie Crawford, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will present "The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bible: What the Dead Sea Scrolls Reveal about Scripture's Fluidity and the Old Testament Canon," on Thurs., Nov 3, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. in the Classroom Building, Room 302.

Abstract: The Dead Sea Scrolls have revolutionized our understanding of how the Bible came to be. Although previous generations of scholars were able to draw a sharp distinction between “Biblical” and “non-Biblical” Jewish writings—and attempt to recover the “original text” of scripture, we now know that to be impossible. This presentation will examine the new evidence from the Scrolls for how the text of the Biblical books reached its present form, using examples from the Dead Sea Scrolls. It will also guide us through the process of the canonization of Jewish scripture, explaining how the books that make up the Jewish Bible (the Christian Old Testament) were chosen.



Thurs., April 7, 2011

The Fragmentation of Reality: Joseph Smith's Radical Remedy presented by Dr. Phil Barlow of Utah State University on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in the Classroom Building, Room 129.

Tues., March 1, 2011

Professor Xu Xin of Diane and Guildford Glazer Institute of Jewish Studies at Nanjing University will present to two talks on Tues., March 1, 2011

  • China - Israel Relations at 1:20-2:35 pm in the Classroom Building Room 129
  • Religion and Religious Studies in China at 4:10 p.m. in the Classroom Building, Room 314.


Fri., September 18

The Clock and the Compass: Steering Toward Zion presented by Dr. Laurie Maffly-Kipp of UNC-Chapel Hill on September 18th at 7:00 pm, Education Auditorium.

2008 - 2009

Thurs., February 12

Picturing Faith: Religious America in Government Photography, 1935 - 1943presented by Dr. Colleen McDannell of the University of Utah on February 12 at 5:10 pm, Classroom Building, Room 133. Check out Dr. McDannell's website here for further information on the lecture.

Fri., September 26

Nobody Knows: The Untold Story of Black Mormons. Film screening and discussion with producers Darius Gray and Margaret Blair Young on September 26 at 3:00 p.m. in the UW Classroom Building, Room 133.

From Galatia to Ghana: The Racial Dynamic in Mormon History. Lecture by Armand L. Mauss on September 26 at 7:00 p.m. in the UW Agriculture Auditorium.

Mon, October 13

Promises and Perils:  American Indian Religions in the Academy. Public Forum featuring Dr. Ines Talamantez and Dr. Donald Fixico at 9:00 a.m., Mon., October 13, 2008 in the Wyoming Union Family Room.

The Metaphysical Reality of American Indian History presented by Dr. Donald Fixico at 11:00 a.m., Mon., October 13, 2008 in the Wyoming Union Family Room.

Female Rites of Passage: Initiating Apache Girls to the World of Spiritual and Cultural Values presented by Dr. Ines Talamantez at 2:00 p.m., Mon., October 13, 2008 in the Wyoming Union Family Room.


2007 - 2008

The Meanings of Marriage: Judges, Defendants, and Legal Change in Territorial Utah, March 28th at 7:00 p.m. in the UW Education Auditorium.


2006 - 2007

Jan Shipps, "Locating Mormonism on the American Religious Landscape"
October 5th at 7:00 p.m. in the UW Education Auditorium.

Wendy Doniger, "Creation Myths in Hinduism"
December 4th at 5:00 p.m. in the Agriculture Auditorium

Richard Bushman, "Joseph Smith's Place in History"
March 2nd at 7:00 p.m., Fine Arts Concert Hall

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