Philosophy & Religion News & Events


  • Professor and Department Chair Jin Y. Park was elected Vice President of the American Academy of Religion, the world's largest (more than 8,000 members) scholarly society dedicated to the study of religion. She will be President-Elect and then President over the next three years, and is the first scholar of the East Asian traditions to be elected since the founding of AAR in 1909. Professor Park also received the Uberoi Foundation Religious Studies grant in the amount of $25,000 for her project on “Buddhism and Non-violence.
  • Professor Onaje Woodbine received a $40,000 First Book Grant for Scholars of Color from the Louisville Institute for his book, Take Back What the Devil Stole: An African American Prophet's Encounters in the Spirit World (Columbia University Press).

Bishop Hurst Lecture

2022 Lecture: Lewis R. Gordon
Black Existential Philosophical Analysis of Race and Racism,” 
April 6, 6:00 p.m. 

Since 1958, the Bishop Hurst Lecture has exposed AU students to some of the most distinguished thinkers who are working on the frontiers of contemporary thought, and who are relevant to many disciplines.
Bishop Hurst Lectures

Durfee Lecture

The annual Durfee Lecture series provides our students and colleagues with the opportunity to meet distinguished thinkers in the world of religion.
Durfee Lectures

McDowell Conference

Each year, American University welcomes a new McDowell Fellow: a visiting professor who uses their unique lens on philosophy to hold a conference that explores a distinct area of social policy.
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Texts & Traditions

Texts and Traditions is an annual event panel of expert colleagues who discuss issues of shared concern across the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim traditions.
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Battelle-Tompkins Memorial Building in the 1960s

Philosophy Lectures Archive

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