Wednesday, March 29, 2017

JS Brown-Bag Talk: "Isis's Writings on Jews and Judaism"

Younus Mirza (Allegheny College)
Monday April 3, 2017, 12 noon-1:30 pm; 602 CL (Humanities Center)
Jewish Studies Brown Bag Colloquium:
"ISIS's Writings on Jews and Judaism: Its Appropriation of Medieval Muslim Views"
Made possible by the Cardin Fund for Jewish Studies

Thursday, December 19, 2013

interested in grad school in the humanities at Oxford?

The Ertegun Graduate Scholars application deadlines are 10 January 2014
for Philosophy and 24 January 2014 for all other Humanities subjects.
Disciplines include:
   - Classics (including classical archaeology)
   - English Language and Literature
   - Fine Art (excluding studio art)
   - History (includinghistory of art and the history of architecture)
   - Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics
   - Medieval and Modern Languages (covering most European languages and
   their literature)
   - Music
   - Oriental Studies (including Far Eastern and Middle Eastern Studies,
   and the study of a wide range of languages)
   - Philosophy
   - Theology

For additional information, visit the Program website:  To apply, visit:

Every year, at least twenty full-time graduate students in the
Humanities, chosen from throughout the world in a highly competitive
selection process, enjoy the benefits of this program at the University
of Oxford: payment of all tuition and college fees, a generous living
stipend, and the exclusive use of the Ertegun House.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

MA Program in Berlin: FYI

If you just graduated and are looking for something to do, act fast:
(or think about 2014-2015)
Extended Deadline for applications until 30 August 2013
MA “Intellectual Encounters of the Islamicate World”
With this call, Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin invites qualified candidates to apply for the newly established blended-learning MA program "Intellectual Encounters of the Islamicate World" starting in the academic year 2013-14.

The overall goal of the one-year degree program is to provide its international graduate students with a thorough understanding of the deep and manifold interconnections between Muslim, Jewish and Christian intellectual output during Medieval times. The students will acquire expertise in a broad spectrum of aspects of the Islamicate world, such as rational theology, philosophy, logic, exegesis, mysticism, law and legal methodology as well as material culture and social history. Emphasis will be placed on primary texts in the original language (Arabic). The English-spoken MA program includes three actual classroom meetings during the academic year (the Introductory Week as well as two colloquia at different locations) during which the students and teachers will come together for discussion, teaching and examination. There is no tuition fee.

Entry requirements

· Above average university degree

· 240 credit points according to ECTS, with a minimum of 80 credit

points in one or more of the following:, Arabic, Islamic Studies, Jewish Studies, Religious Studies and/or Philosophy

· Language proficiency in English and Arabic (both C 1 according to

Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)


All students will receive funding for covering travel and accommodation costs for the face-to-face sessions.

For more information on the MA program, please refer to the website


Dr. Katja Jung, Managing Director

Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin, Institute of Islamic Studies Research Unit Intellectual History of the Islamicate World Altensteinstr. 40, 14195 Berlin

Phone: +49 (0)30 838 51068;



Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Talk by Dr Paula Kane

Dr Kane will be the the keynote speaker for the student group “Secular Alliance” for an event taking place on Wednesday, April 13, at 8:30 p.m., 253 C.L. The title of her talk is “The Benefits of a Godless Constitution: The First Amendment in American religious history”

The event will be being videotaped for a national audience.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

LGBTQ Religious Panel

There will be an LGBTQ Religious Panel held this Thursday (April 14) at
8:45pm in Room 837 William Pitt Union.

The religious panel will have representatives from local Buddhist,
Catholic, Presbyterian, Unitarian Universalist, and Jewish communities.
They will be briefly discussing their religion's view on homosexuality
and LGBTQ issues as well as social activism in general and the Queer
Movement specifically. A wide variety of religious perspectives will be
represented, with a Q&A following the event.

Adam Dobson
Rainbow Alliance
University of Pittsburgh

Friday, February 04, 2011

CALL FOR PAPERS: Undergraduate Conference in Religion and Philosophy

Friday and Saturday, March 25-26, 2011
Saint Francis University
Loretto, Pennsylvania 15940
We cordially invite undergraduates to submit proposals for the fifth annual North American
Undergraduate Conference in Religion and Philosophy. Submissions are encouraged from
students majoring in all academic fields.
Although any paper related to religion and philosophy will be considered, priority will be given
to those addressing this year’s theme, “Race in America.” As philosopher Cornel West asserted,
“A fully functional multiracial society cannot be achieved without a sense of history and open,
honest dialogue.” Accordingly, this year’s conference will forthrightly address philosophical
and religious questions of race and how these questions relate to politics, culture, society, and
history. To begin our conversation, this year’s keynote speaker will be George Yancy, Associate
Professor of Philosophy at Duquesne University and author of Black Bodies, White Gazes: The
Continuing Significance of Race.
Paper proposals (roughly 250 words) should give a concise description of the presentation. The
deadline for proposals is February 18, 2011. Please include your full name, paper title,
institution, e-mail, phone number, and the name and contact information of your major professor.
Presenters must submit their full paper by March 11, 2011 to be considered for conference
prizes. Proposals and final papers should be sent via e-mail attachment to Dr. Arthur Remillard
The keynote address will be given on Friday evening, with a student-led discussion to follow. All
student presentations will be given on Saturday from approximately 9:00am-5:00pm. This
conference is open to the public and free for presenters and non-presenters alike. For more
information, directions, contacts, scheduling, etc., please visit our website: or join the Facebook group, “St. Francis University Department
of Philosophy and Religious Studies.” This conference is organized by St. Francis University and
Westminster College, with support from SFU’s School of Arts and Letters, Department of
Philosophy & Religious Studies, and the Institute for Ethics.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Ethel Halpern Award - Call For Applications

University of Pittsburgh, School of Arts and Sciences


for Undergraduate Jewish Studies students at the University of Pittsburgh
funded by the Ethel M. Halpern Endowed Fund for Students.

APPLICATIONS DUE: Monday February 14, 2011, 4 pm.

Undergraduate students are invited to apply for funding for any of the following purposes:
travel or living expenses associated with a study abroad experience involving Jewish studies;
travel or living expenses associated with participation in a summer language program in Hebrew, Yiddish, or another language relevant to Jewish studies;
travel or living expenses associated with participation in an unpaid internship program connected to Jewish studies;
travel expenses related to other study or research in Jewish studies;
purchase of books or other materials related to research in Jewish studies.

Awards of up to $1000 each will be made for projects in the Summer of 2011 or during Academic Year 2011-2012.

Halpern Awards may be held in conjunction with other University and external funding in cases where the project costs exceed $1000.

The following application materials must be received in the Jewish Studies office, 2604 Cathedral of Learning, by 4 pm, Monday February 14:

a statement of purpose explaining the proposed activities and how the activities will further the student’s undergraduate studies;
a budget of anticipated expenses, including a list of other aid applied for, and a statement of the amount (up to $1000) requested from the Halpern Fund
an official transcript from Pitt and any previous undergraduate institutions;
a letter of recommendation from a faculty member familiar with the student’s work in Jewish Studies

Full-time undergraduates in the School of Arts and Sciences
Have completed or be currently enrolled in at least one Jewish studies class (including Hebrew language) at the University of Pittsburgh

For any questions about the award, please contact:
Adam Shear, Director, Jewish Studies,

School of Information Science i3 Summer Program

The i3 Program is a set of paid, summer institutes for undergraduate students from underrepresented populations who would excel at graduate study in the Information Sciences.

The i3 Program is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and aims to increase student diversity in graduate programs at US-based Information Schools (iSchools) and to encourage those students to consider academic and professional careers within the Information Sciences. The University of Pittsburgh will host the first i3 Program in June 2011. To see what the i3 Program includes, click here to view a downloadable FAQ

Friday, January 21, 2011

Teach for American Information Session

Teach For America Info Session: Tuesday, January 25 @ 7pm, WPU 548

Only 50% of the 15.5 million children growing up in poverty will graduate from high school. Educational inequity limits the life prospects of millions of children. TEACH FOR being part of the solution.

Teach For America is hosting an information session on Tuesday, January 25 at 7:00 p.m. EST in WPU 548. Come join us to learn how you can be part of the solution!

Date: Tuesday, January 25
Time: 7:00 p.m. EST
Location: WPU 548

This event is open to students of all years, academic majors and career interests, so please stop by and bring your friends. Food and drinks will be provided!

Teach For America’s next and FINAL application deadline is Friday, February 4. Apply now to join the fight to end educational inequity! You have until 11:59 p.m. EST to submit your application!

If you have any questions about the event or our application deadline, please contact Kendra-Lee Rosati, senior recruitment director with Teach For America,

Friday, January 07, 2011

Pitt in Asia Study Abroad Information Session

ASC and the Study Abroad Office will be holding an Asia Study Abroad information session on Tuesday evening to present on the program options that Pitt offers, with a panel of recent alumni from Pitt programs in Asia who are happy to answer questions and give advice on program content and scholarships. If you would like to attend this program, see the details below:

Pitt in Asia Study Abroad Programs (Summer and Academic Year / Semester)

Are you interested in spending the summer, or a semester or full academic year in Asia? Do you currently study an Asian language at Pitt, or do you want the chance to learn a new language in an immersion environment? Would you love to study abroad but need some advice or information on ways to find scholarships to help offset the cost of going overseas? If so, you’re welcome to join us for an hour to learn about the Pitt-approved programs that you can attend, and meet Study Abroad Office staff and recent alumni of several Pitt programs in China, Japan, India, and other countries!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011 from 6:00-7:00 PM 4130 Posvar Hall

This program is free and no registration is required! If you are planning to apply for programs taking place this summer or the coming academic year, we strongly encourage you to come with any application questions or concerns you’d like to discuss with our panel!

Questions? Please contact Jennifer Murawski at or Ben Pilcher at

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