The Place of Religion in Film, Syracuse University, April 1

I am excited to participate in the third International Conference on Religion & Film sponsored by The Journal of Religion & Film. I attended both previous meetings in Omaha (2014) and Istanbul (2015). This year Syracuse University is hosting the conference – The Place of Religion in Film,  March 30-April 1, 2017 – thanks to the hard work of M. Gail…

Interpreting the Qur’an in China, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, November 7

Our Religious Studies Department at University of Nebraska Omaha has had a long varied relationship with the Department of Classics & Religious Studies at University of Nebraska Lincoln. From what I hear, those connections have ebbed and flowed with various levels of cross-campus participation. But we are collectively making greater strides to collaborate. One initiative is a bi-annual…

The Han Kitab: Interpreting Islam in China, University of Arkansas, October 6

I’m excited to visit the University of Arkansas, October 6, to talk about my forthcoming book, Interpreting Islam in China: Pilgrimage, Scripture, and Language in the Han Kitab (Oxford University Press, 2017). My talk, entitled “The Han Kitab: Interpreting Islam in China,” will introduce the genre and the historical context from which it emerged. Many thanks to the Asian Studies Program…

Activism, Advocacy, and Scholarship on Islam in the Digital Realm

I am excited to join a wonderful and diverse group of folks for a workshop at Boston University on September 16-17. Michael Pregill, the Interlocutor for the exciting digital initiative Mizan project (Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies and Civilizations, BU’s Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies) has convened us for an event, Activism, Advocacy, and Scholarship on Islam in…

Wabash Teaching and Learning Workshop, June 20-25, 2016

I’ll be heading to Crawfordsville, IN this June for the final week of the Wabash Teaching and Learning Workshop for Pre-Tenure Religion Faculty at Colleges and Universities. Wabash is one of the best learning experiences I’ve had as a professor and I would highly recommend it for any early career scholars. Check it out here. Here is…

Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy, June 2-5, 2016

Heading off to the Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy annual meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii. I am excited to be heading back to the East-West Center, next to the University of Hawai’i, Manoa. I first visited the EWC in 2011 for a NEH Summer Institute hosted by the Asian Studies Development Program, called the Dynamics of Cultural Unity and…