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Dying to take RELI courses in the fall?

Dying to take RELI courses in the fall?

The Fall 2022 semester offers a wider variety of Religious Studies courses, many of them new and rarely offered, such as: RELI 236, Religion and Film, taught by Fr. Alexander Webster. Roughly two dozen movies – arguably both great and entertaining – that feature Jesus of Nazareth and the early Christian movement, Judaism, Islam, Eastern Orthodox Christianity, Roman Catholic Christianity, Protestant Christianity, Japanese Buddhism, and “New Age” reincarnation. RELI 240: Death and the Afterlife in World Religions, taught by a new postdoctoral fellow in Buddhism, Dr. Jetsun Deleplanque. RELI 300: Theories and Methods in Religious Studies, taught by Dr. Jaimie Gunderson. This is a newish requirement for Religious Studies majors. How do study religion in an academic context? This course will give you the tools. RELI 310: Judaism, taught by Rabbi Bruce Aft. This is the only required course for the 15-credit Judaic Studies minor. A one-semester introduction to the broad currents of Jewish history, culture, ethics, and thought. RELI 312: Islam, taught by Mr. David Dakake. RELI 313: Hinduism, taught by Dr. Prabha Reddy. RELI 317: Daoism, taught by Prof. Young-chan Ro. RELI 330: Religion, Fantasy, and Imagination, taught by Mr. Matthew Brake. RELI 339: The Bible as Literature, taught by Prof. John Turner. RELI 357: Gender and the Body in Judaism. Cross-listed with WGST. Taught by the newest faculty member to the Department of Religious Studies in Judaic Studies, Prof. Alexandria Frisch. RELI 399-001: The Development of Hell, taught by Dr. Jaimie Gunderson. Once students register for this class, there’s no way out. No drops. No late-withdrawals. This ain’t purgatory. Just kidding. Fire and brimstone not included. RELI 399-002: American Religion in Space and Place, taught by Prof. Lincoln Mullen. Cross-listed with History 395 (Topics in Digital History). RELI 490: Comparative Study of Religion, taught by Prpf. Young-chan Ro. This fulfills the Mason Core synthesis requirement. Religious Studies majors should take it in their senior year.

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RELI 357 for Fall 2022

RELI 357 for Fall 2022

This course explores distinctively Jewish approaches to questions of gender, sexuality, and the body as described in the legal, religious, ethical, and literary material in the Jewish religious and cultural traditions. Topics include the "body of God," circumcision, laws of purity, rites of passage, the synagogue, feminist theology, and body aesthetics related to masculine and feminine stereotypes. Prof. Alexandria Frisch Mon. & Wed. 1:30pm-2:45pm David J. King Hall, room 2053 (not to be confused with King David's Hall)

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Sephardic Music Concert April 3

Sephardic Music Concert April 3

The Judaic Studies program at George Mason University invites you to a very special evening of music and history. Trio Sefardi performs traditional songs of the Sephardim. They will bring their music to our campus on April 3 at 7:00 p.m. in the Johnson Center Cinema (park in Mason Pond Parking deck or Shenandoah Parking Deck). Tickets are free but required. Register here: Trio Sefardi Concert Tickets, Sun, Apr 3, 2022 at 7:00 PM | Eventbrite Trio Sefardi's repertoire draws on the song traditions of Sephardic communities from the former Yugoslavia, Greece, Bulgaria, Turkey, and North Africa, with a special emphasis on traditional and original songs they learned from their mentor, Bosnian-born singer/composer and 2002 National Heritage awardee Flory Jagoda. The trio has performed extensively at prestigious East Coast concert venues, festivals, synagogues, and Jewish community centers. Members of the trio are Susan Gaeta, lead vocals, guitar; Tina Chancey, back-up vocals, viola da gamba, Renaissance violin, Pontic lyra, rebec; and Howard Bass, lute, guitar. The members combine Susan’s extensive experience with jazz and folk music, Tina and Howard’s early music background, and the influence and inspiration that Susan and Howard derived from fifteen years of working and touring extensively with Flory Jagoda. Trio Sefardi programs provide audiences with an opportunity to hear songs sung in Judeo-Espanyol (commonly known as Ladino) that have been passed down through the generations as well as newer songs composed by Flory that celebrate the memory of now-lost communities of the Balkans. These songs and this heritage survived despite the expulsion of the Jews from Spain and despite the Nazi-era persecution that forced Flory and many others to flee their homelands. I hope you can join us for a celebration of this remarkable music and its miraculous preservation. And please help us publicize this great event by passing this invitation along to anyone in your circles. Best wishes, John Turner Chair, Religious Studies Department Please note: Registration for this event implies agreement to follow all University COVID-19 related guidelines. As of March 8, all individuals must complete Mason COVID Health✓™ (https://www.gmu.edu/mason-covid-health-check) and receive a “green light” status on the day of the event. Individuals registered for this event will receive an update on COVID-19 protocols prior to the event.

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Spring 2022 Commencement and Degree Celebrations on May 20

Spring 2022 Commencement and Degree Celebrations on May 20

Mason's Commencement will be in-person on Friday, May 20, at 10:00 am. The college's Degree Celebration for the Humanities and Interdisciplinary Studies, including the School of Integrative Studies, takes place May 20 at 2:00 pm; the Degree Celebration for the Social Sciences takes place May 20 at 6:00 pm.

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George Mason University at 50

George Mason University at 50

As George Mason University recognizes 50 years as an independent university, the College of Humanities reflects on how it has been an important part of Mason from the very start.

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Extended Deadline of 12/13/21!

Extended Deadline of 12/13/21!

Mason's Center for Humanities Research has issued a call for papers for its first interdisciplinary symposium, "Pasts/Presents/Futures," seeking proposals from faculty and advanced PhD candidates. The symposium takes place April 7-8; proposals are due December 1.

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