Friday, September 29, 2006

Call for Papers: Islamic Studies

The Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies
announces its 2007 Undergraduate Research Symposium
“ISLAM: HISTORIC AND CONTEMPORARY PERSPECTIVES” CALL FOR PAPERS Present your research with other undergraduate students
from 25 member institutions in Ohio and Pennsylvania
on any topic related to Islamic studies in the arts,
sciences, or professional academic disciplines.
Keynote speaker, cash awards, breakfast, lunch.
A great way to build your academic portfolio by
expanding a paper developed for a course. Submit
your abstract between November 15 and January 30, turn
in your paper by March 12, and present your fi ndings to an
offi ciated panel of local experts on March 31 at the
CERIS Undergraduate Research Symposium at
Duquesne University. For more information go to WWW.CERISNET.ORG Baldwin-Wallace College • California University of Pennsylvania • Carlow University • Chatham College • Community College of Allegheny County •
Duquesne University • Islamic Center of Pittsburgh • Juniata College • La Roche College • Mercyhurst College • Pennsylvania Highlands Community
College • Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education • Pittsburgh Theological Seminary • Point Park University • Saint Francis University • Saint Vincent
College • Seton Hill University • University of Pittsburgh • University of Pittsburgh at Bradford • University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg • University of
Pittsburgh at Johnstown • Washington and Jefferson College • Waynesburg College • World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh • Youngstown State University

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Teaching Award Nominations

2007 Tina and David Bellet Arts and Sciences Teaching Excellence Award

Dear Colleagues:

The School of Arts and Sciences is committed to providing our undergraduate students with an excellent educational experience that prepares them for future learning, life and work. Undergraduate teaching is a vital aspect of that commitment.

Each year since 1998, Arts and Sciences has recognized our faculty's extraordinary contributions to undergraduate education with the Tina and David Bellet Arts and Sciences Teaching Excellence Award. Bellet Award winners receive a one-time stipend of $3,000 and their departments receive a one-time $5,000 grant in their honor. Once again, I invite you to submit your nominees for this prestigious honor.

To be considered for the Bellet Award, individuals should meet the following criteria:

Ø Must be an Arts and Sciences faculty member with a regular full-time appointment who teaches undergraduates students.

Ø Must have taught for three years on the Oakland campus.

Ø Must receive three or more nominations.

This year, to help facilitate the submission and review process, we will accept nominations from October 1 until October 31. Students and faculty should submit nomination letters to me at 140 Thackeray Hall. Individuals receiving three or more nominations will be notified in early November and invited to submit a dossier for further consideration by the Bellet Award Committee. Awardees will be announced in late February.

By challenging, encouraging, and inspiring our undergraduate students in the classroom, we enable them to reach their full potential in the world. Please help to celebrate the outstanding achievements in undergraduate teaching by submitting your nomination letter during the month of October. For more information, contact Carol Lynch at


Regina Schulte-Ladbeck

Dr. Regina Schulte-Ladbeck

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies

School of Arts & Sciences

University of Pittsburgh

140 Thackeray Hall

Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Phone: 412-624-6480

Fax: 412-624-8265

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Honors College lecture on Mongolia Friday

Dear friends:

Copied below and attached as a flyer is information about this Friday's Honors College Lecture on the nation of Mongolia by three Pitt undergraduates. I hope you can attend this fascinating talk regarding the Mongolia summer studies program offered through the Honors College. Please distribute this to your bulletin boards and/or email lists. Thanks very much.

Ed McCord


Christopher Berger CAS ’06
Michael Edeke ENG ’07
Marion Sikora CAS ’07

Friday, September 29, 2006
2 P.M.
3500 Cathedral of Learning

The Honors College Mongolia field studies program combines travel, course work, intensive language study, and the opportunity to conduct independent research and/or internships. Students not only spend extensive time in Mongolia but also visit Russia, China and other neighboring countries. By traveling through northern Asia, students are introduced to the reality of Mongolia’s landlocked position between China and Russia. In today’s lecture, three students with ambitions as varied as medicine, engineering and geology will share their experiences in this remarkable program and how their new viewpoints on Mongolia have changed their lives.

Edward L. McCord, Ph.D., J.D.
Director of Programming
University Honors College
3600 Cathedral of Learning
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Phone: 412-624-6886
FAX: 412-624-6885

Aamir Mufti lecture October 5

boundary 2, an international journal of literature and culture


Aamir Mufti

Professor of Comparative Literature, University of California,

Los Angeles

"The Jewish Question and the Crisis of Postcolonial Culture"

4:00 p.m., Thursday, October 5, 2006

501 Cathedral of Learning

Aamir Mufti received a Ph.D. from the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University where he studied with Edward W. Said. He holds an M.A. and M.Phil. in Anthropology from Columbia. He has also studied Anthropology at the London School of Economics. He is the editor of a recent collection for boundary 2, Critical Secularism. He has taught at the University of Michigan where for some time he held the Steelcase Research Professorship.

He edited and introduced Dangerous Liaisons: Gender, Nation, and Postcolonial Perspectives, (with Anne McClintock and Ella Shohat, 1997). He has published widely on blasphemy and literature, the post-literate public sphere, and the Urdu-language short story. He has written on minority cultures in Europe and elsewhere, on exile and displacement, human rights, and on refugees and the right to asylum. His publications analyze modernism and fascism, language conflicts, and the history of anthropology. His new book, Enlightenment in the Colony: The Jewish Question and the Crisis of Postcolonial Culture, is from Princeton University Press.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Global Studies Student Research Symposium

2007 Global Studies Student Research Symposium:

Guidelines & Deadlines

The Global Studies Student Research Symposium is designed to provide recognition for excellent student scholarship in the field of Global Studies and a forum for students and faculty to discuss critical global issues. All students at the University of Pittsburgh, in any major and including regional campuses, are eligible to submit a research paper for consideration in the competition. Finalists are selected by a panel of judges drawn from the Global Studies Affiliated Faculty. Awards for Best Undergraduate Paper and Best Graduate Paper will be made at the annual Symposium in March 2007, where students present their papers and receive cash prizes. To compete, students must submit a research paper on an eligible topic by no later than January 31, 2007 following the guidelines set out below. Finalists should be available to present their paper at the Symposium (details TBA). The Symposium is open to the public and will feature an invited keynote speaker.

Eligible topics: research relating to one of the following global issues

Sustainable development

Global economy and global governance

Changing identities in a global world

Technology, communication and society

Conflict and conflict resolution

Global health

Specific Guidelines for undergraduate students:

The research paper must have been prepared for a course, seminar, independent study or internship at this University. Entries may be revised from their original form.

Length: minimum of 10 pages double spaced, maximum of 20 pages double spaced.

Specific Guidelines for Graduate students:

The research paper must have been prepared for a course, seminar, directed study, thesis, dissertation, or as a piece of independent research completed at this University. Entries may be revised from their original form.

Length: minimum of 15 pages double spaced, maximum of 30 pages double spaced.

General guidelines for both undergraduate and graduate students:

Limit one submission per year per student

Submissions must be received no later than January 31 to receive full consideration

Submit three printed copies to the Global Studies Program, 4100 WW Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260

To facilitate a blind review, the author’s name should appear only on the cover sheet. The cover sheet must include the following information (you may copy/paste the following):

Application for Global Studies Student Research Symposium

1) Name:

2) Pitt student i.d. number:

3) School (e.g. ARTSC, CGS, Law, GSPIA, etc.):

4) Department or Division (e.g. history, sociology, etc.):

5) Degree objective (e.g., B.A.; MA; PhD):

6) Expected year of graduation:

7) Title of Research Paper:

8) Course for which this paper was written (number, title, instructor, term & year):

9) Current Address, Telephone and E-Mail:

10) Permanent Address, Telephone, E-Mail (if different from above):

11) Abstract (no longer than one paragraph):

Global Studies Program


Lisa Alfredson, PhD

Associate Director of Global Studies (UCIS)

Research Assistant Professor (GSPIA)

University of Pittsburgh


Sunday, September 24, 2006

Office Hours

My office hours tomorrow, Monday, September 25, 1-2:30 pm will be in 2610 or in the department library, 2604A.

I will not be holding walk-in hours on Monday, October 2. As always, appointments are available.

Walk-in hours will resume on Monday, October 9 in 2603 CL. (1-2:30 pm.)

Office Moves

Professor Penkower is now in Room 2609 CL.
(That's the first door when you enter the hall with the mailboxes.)

Early this week, I will move to Room 2603 (Professor Penkower's former office).

Also this week: Professor Chilson is slated to move to 2610 (my soon-to-be former office); Professor Denova will move to 2612; and the TA office will move to 2616 (Professor Clothey's former office that Professor Chilson is currently in.)

So pretty soon, the line-up will be:

2603 Shear
2609 Penkower
2610 Chilson
2612 Denova
2616 Teaching Assistants

(Professors Edwards, Gross, Kane, and Orbach will remain in the same offices.)

Senior Yearbook Photos


FIRST PORTRAIT SESSION: The week of October 16th
TO SCHEDULE: Log on to school code 403

or call

1-800-OUR-YEAR (687-9327)
LOCATION: William Pitt Union Room 609

MAKE-UP PORTRAIT SESSION: The week of October 30th
TO SCHEDULE: Log on to school code 403 or call
1-800-OUR-YEAR (687-9327)
LOCATION: William Pitt Union Room 609

FINAL PORTRAIT SESSION: The week of December 4th
TO SCHEDULE: Log on to school code 403 or call
1-800-OUR-YEAR (687-9327)
LOCATION: William Pitt Union Room 609

The Studio will notify all students via postal mail with the procedures to schedule their own appointments via the Internet, or by calling our toll free 800 number.

ATTIRE: Men: Pose: Suit Cap and Gown: Black
Women: Pose: Blouse Hood: Yellow/White

** Anyone who has a portrait taken will appear in the yearbook, even if they choose
not to buy a portrait package. **

Thursday, September 21, 2006

International Week

For information about the many cultural events during International Week, see or the back of today's Pitt News.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Islam Awareness Week

Islam Awareness Week
September 18th-22nd

Lecture Series

"America's Unknown Faith: Oppressive or Progressive Towards Women?"
Hadia Mubarak
Thursday @ 5:30pm
719 Fisher Hall, Duquesne University
And again
Friday @ 5:00pm
120 David Lawrence Hall, University of Pittsburgh

"Prophet Muhammad (pbuh): Peace or Jihad?"
Dr. Hamed Ghazali
Friday @ 5:00pm
120 David Lawrence Hall, University of Pittsburgh

For more details and speaker bios go to:

Islam 101

Take part in a discussion-based class on the basic principles of
Islam. Introductory material will be provided in the first half of
the class followed by a discussion section. Theeclass sizes are
limited so register for a session soon! Check website for more
details on how you can sign up for one of the sessions.

To sign up for a session at Carngie Mellon University, please send
an email to .

Awareness Tent
Find out more about Islam by speaking to students at the Awareness
Tent and Information Tables. While you're there, play the Islamic
Knowledge Game for a chance to win an iPod! Have questions about
Islam? Feel free to ask. We are open to everybody!

* The Cut @ Carnegie Mellon University Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri
* Cathedral Lawn @ University of Pittsburgh Tues, Wed, Thurs
* Union 3rd Floor @ Duquesne University Mon, Wed, Fri
* Monday 8:30pm University of Pittsburgh
* Tuesday 8:00pm Carnegie Mellon University
* Wednesday 8:30pm University of Pittsburgh
* Thursday 9:00pm Carnegie Mellon University

Open House, Islamic Center of Pittsburgh, September 21, 2006 4:30 -
7:30 PM

Please join us in an evening of open dialogue at our Open House
at the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh on September 21, 2006 from
4:30PM – 8:30PM at
4100 Bigelow Blvd.
_Visit different Conversation Stations _
Islam's Basic Belief's
The Holy Quran
The Role of Women in Islam
Islam's teachings on Human Rights & War
Muslim Contributions to Arts & Sciences
Islam's relations with other Faiths
Free Admission
People of all faiths welcome neighbors
View our Congregational Prayers for Peace
Listen to recitations of the Quran and the call to prayer
Sample foods from different parts of the world
Come when you can and stay as long as you can
For more information please contact us at
412-682-5555 x4 or

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Reminder: David Brumble talk Wednesday

Don't forget the first department colloquium of the year:

David Brumble will speak on "Gambaga: A Witch Sanctuary in the North of Ghana."
Wednesday, September 20, 2628 CL at 12 noon. Bring your lunch. Coffee and cookies provided.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Javits Fellowship

If you are applying this year to start a MA-PhD program in the humanities or social sciences next year, read this:

The Department of Education has issued a notice inviting applications for the Jacob K. Javits (graduate) Fellowship Program, copied below. This year the invitational priorities include area studies, less commonly taught languages, and homeland security. I also have copied below the list of invitational priorities noted in the Federal Register announcement. Deadline for applications is October 6, 2006. For full details, see the Federal Register announcement at

Miriam Kazanjian
Coalition for International Education
Notices Inviting Applications (September 12, 2006)
from the U.S. Department of Education (ED) include those
related to:
* Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program -- CFDA# 84.170A
Information about ED funding opportunities, including
discretionary grant application packages, are at:
Below is information from the notice inviting applications.
For more complete information, please see the notice itself;
however, please note that while we *try* to ensure that the
version on the web and the Federal Register notice are the
same, the Federal Register notice is the one to consult for
complete and authoritative information.
Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program (Federal Register: August 25,
2006 [CFDA# 84.170A])
Purpose of Program: The purpose of the JKJ Fellowship Program is to
award fellowships to eligible students of superior ability,
selected on the basis of demonstrated achievement, financial need,
and exceptional promise, to undertake graduate study in selected
fields in the arts, humanities, and social sciences leading to a
doctoral degree or to a master's degree in those fields in which
the master's degree is the terminal highest degree awarded in the
selected field of study at accredited institutions of higher
education. The selected fields in the arts are: Creative writing,
music performance, music theory, music composition, music
literature, studio arts (including photography), television, film,
cinematography, theater arts, playwriting, screenwriting, acting,
and dance. The selected fields in the humanities are: American
history, art history (including architectural history), archeology,
area studies, classics, comparative literature, English language
and literature, folklore, folk life, foreign languages and
literature, foreign languages that are less commonly taught as
follows: Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Indic family
(including Hindi, Urdu, Sinhala, Bengali, Nepali, Punjabi, Marathi,
Gujarati, Oriya, Assamese); Iranian family (including Dari, Farsi,
Tajiki, Kurdish, Pashto, Balochi); and Turkic family (including
Turkish, Azerbaijani/Azeri, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Turkmen, Uzbek,
Uyghur), linguistics, non-American history, philosophy, religion
(excluding study of religious vocation), speech, rhetoric, and
debate. The selected fields in the social sciences are:
Anthropology, communications and media, criminology, economics,
ethnic and cultural studies, geography, political science,
psychology (excluding clinical psychology), public policy and
public administration, and sociology (excluding the master's and
doctoral degrees in social work).
Applications Available: August 25, 2006.
Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: October 6, 2006.
Deadline for Transmittal of the Free Application for Federal
Student Aid (FAFSA): January 31, 2007.
Eligible Applicants: Individuals who at the time of
application: (1) Have not completed their first full year of study
for a doctoral degree or a master's degree in those fields in which
the master's degree is the terminal highest degree awarded in the
selected field of study, or will be entering a doctoral degree
program or a master's degree program in those fields in which the
master's degree is the terminal highest degree awarded in the
selected field of study in academic year 2007-2008; (2) are
eligible to receive grant, loan, or work assistance pursuant to
section 484 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, 20 U.S.C. 1091, as
amended (HEA); and (3) intend to pursue a doctoral or master's
degree in fields selected by the Jacob K. Javits (JKJ) Fellowship
Board at accredited U.S. institutions of higher education. An
individual must be a citizen or national of the United States, a
permanent resident of the United States, in the United States for
other than a temporary purpose and intending to become a permanent
resident, or a citizen of any one of the Freely Associated States.
Estimated Average Size of Awards: $42,652.
Estimated Number of Awards: 46.
Additional Information: Applicable regulations, priorities, and
other information are available in the Federal Register notice.
Additional information is available online at:

Also from the Federal Register Announcement on the Javits Fellowships:

Priorities: For FY 2007 these priorities are invitational
priorities. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(1) we do not give an application
that meets these invitational priorities a competitive or absolute
preference over other applications.
These priorities are:

Invitational Priority 1

Within the eligible fields under Humanities, the Secretary is
particularly interested in receiving applications from students
studying foreign languages that are less commonly taught as follows:
Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Indic family (including
Hindi, Urdu, Sinhala, Bengali, Nepali, Punjabi, Marathi, Gujarati,
Oriya, Assamese); Iranian family (including Dari, Farsi, Tajiki,
Kurdish, Pashto, Balochi); and Turkic family (including Turkish,
Azerbaijani/Azeri, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Turkmen, Uzbek, Uyghur).

Invitational Priority 2

Within the eligible fields under Humanities, the Secretary is
particularly interested in receiving applications from students
studying non-American history, especially the modern history of the
Middle East, Asia, India, and Latin America.

Invitational Priority 3

Within the eligible fields under Social Sciences, the Secretary is
particularly interested in receiving applications from students
studying criminology especially as it relates to issues surrounding
homeland security.

Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1134-1134d.
Applicable Regulations: (a) The Education Department General
Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 74, 75 (except as
provided in 34 CFR 650.3(b)), 77, 82, 84, 85, 86, 97, 98 and 99. (b)
The regulations for this program in 34 CFR part 650.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Undergraduate Conference

via e-mail:

Lebanon Valley College is pleased to host an undergraduate conference on religion, philosophy and culture this spring on March 31, 2007. The conference will be devoted to the topic of “The Future of Democracy,” and is scheduled as a part of our yearlong colloquium on “Democracy and its Discontents.” The keynote speaker for the conference will be Professor Catherine Keller from Drew University. She will be speaking on “The Daze of Democracy: Faith, Fear and Freedom.”

There will also be opportunity for undergraduate students to present their own work either in the form of complete papers or as a part of panel discussions.

More information about the conference, including a call for papers and panels, registration forms and fees, schedule, and directions, can be found at the conference homepage at I invite all of you and your students to attend and participate in this exciting opportunity for our region.


Jeffrey W. Robbins, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Religion & Philosophy

Director of the College Colloquium
Lebanon Valley College
Annville, PA 17003

Associate Editor

Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory

Tomorrow: Security Studies Opportunities

Wednesday, September 13, 2006 - 2:00 p.m.; Room 1500 WWPH
Informational session for students interested in research opportunities
at the Ridgway Center for International Security Studies or the Ford
Institute for Human Security

Redding Up

Over the next few weeks, faculty in the department will be moving in and out of offices on the 26th floor as some of the offices are painted and some get new carpet. In a couple of months, things will settle down but some of your instructors will be in new offices.

During the first phase, Rebecca Denova has moved out of 2609 and will be holding court in 2604A which is the departmental library/conference room (that you enter through the main office in 2604.)

Monday, September 11, 2006

Medieval and Renaissance Studies lectures

At least a couple of these have significant "religion" content:

Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program, Fall 2006 Schedule ***

Wednesday, September 20th
Todd Reeser (University of Pittsburgh, French and Italian)
"The Hermeneutics of Platonic Sexuality in the Renaissance"
4:30 in FFA 204

Friday, October 6th
Ovid Night
Come read the poet of love and transformation!
7:00 ? 11:00 p.m.
Babcock Room, 40th floor of the Cathedral of Learning

Friday, October 13th
Madeline Caviness (Tufts University, History of Art)
"The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly"
2:00 in FFA 202

Thursday, October 19th
Department of French and Italian Open House (co-sponsored by MRST)
5 ? 7 p.m.
William Pitt Union, Kurtzman Room

Friday, November 10th
Laura Smoller (University of Arkansas, History)
"St. Vincent Ferrer and the Chopped-Up Baby:
Creating the Image of a New Saint in the Fifteenth Century"
4:00 in CL 501

Wednesday, November 15th (event co-sponsored with Religious Studies)
Matt Goldish (Ohio State, History)
"The Problem of Heretical Clergy in the Early Enlightenment:
The Jewish Case and Some Christian Parallels"
4:30 pm (place TBA)

We also have a fantastic lineup for the spring. Tentative dates:
Friday, February 9th: Will West (Northwestern, English)
Friday, February 23rd: Vance Smith (Princeton, English)
Thursday, March 29th: Bart Ehrman (Duke)
Friday, March 30th: Sarah Beckwith (Duke, English)

Please join us! If you have questions or would like more information,
please contact:
Jennifer Waldron,
Acting Director, Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program
University of Pittsburgh
Cathedral of Learning 526
Pittsburgh, PA 15260-0001
Phone: (412) 624-3246
Fax: (412) 624-6639

The State of Cultural Studies (today)

Religious Studies as a field in the academy is often linked to the field known as "cultural studies" (since as many of you have realized in your classes it's often difficult to distinguish between "religion" and "culture"). If this interests you and you are free this afternoon, you might want to check out this panel discussion at Carnegie-Mellon (no guarantees that they'll address religion but you never know):

The State of Cultural Studies
Monday, September 11th
4:30-6:00 PM
Jeff Williams, Professor, CMU
Victor Cohen, recent PhD, CMU
Kathy Newman, Professor, CMU
Salita Siebert, PhD candidate, CMU

Swank room (255 B Baker Hall),

Friday, September 08, 2006

Women's Studies Brown Bag: Neo-Pentecostals in Mexico

Women's Studies Program Brown Bag Lecture

Wednesday September 13, 12 noon, 2201 Posvar

Rebecca Englert, Ph.D. Candidate, Dept. of Anthropology

"Gender and National Identities among Non-Indigienous Neo-Pentecostals in the Highlands of Chiapas, Mexico.

A flyer with more description of Englert's research can be found on the bulletin board in 2604 CL.


The first Religious Studies Colloquium will be Wednesday, September 20, 12 noon-1 pm in 2628 CL.

David Brumble, professor of English with a secondary appointment in Religious Studies, will speak on "Gambaga: A Witch Sanctuary in the North of Ghana."

For those of you not familiar with the colloquium series: we meet about once a month; all students and faculty are invited. The speaker talks for about 30-40 minutes about current research which leaves 20-30 minutes for questions and discussions. Sometimes those who don't have obligations at 1 pm linger for another few minutes in discussion.
If you have a class or someplace to be at 1, it's okay to leave at 12:50. People do start to leave then.
Lastly, cookies and coffee are served and everyone is invited to bring his or her lunch as well.

Friday, September 01, 2006

Writing Center

For information about the Writing Center, including hours and locations, see or the flyer on the bulletin board next to my office.

Course at CMU

CMU announces a course for the fall that may be of interest:

Hist 79-275: Religious Identities and Religious Conflicts in Nineteenth-Century Europe
Tues/Thurs 9 am; Professor Katherine Lynch

The description is on the bulletin board outside my office. For details on cross-registering at CMU, go to Thackeray Hall.

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