Religious Studies

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Prof. Claire White's Research on Grief Featured on Two BBC Podcasts

April 19, 2021

Claire White
Professor White's research on grief has been featured on two BBC Podcasts this week: 

 "Inside Science", explaining what this research is about: Go to 13:36  Click Here and go to 13:36

and "CrowdScience": Click here for Full Podcast on Grief

If you would like to help Professor White obtain more information from those who have lost a loved one during the COVID-19 pandemic (note: the person did not need to have died because of COVID, because we need information on how people cope with death no matter the cause), then participate here:

Click here for information on the study

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How to Promote Religious Tolerance in the Classroom

March 29, 2021

Religious Tolerance

By Claire White, Professor in Religious Studies at California State University, Northridge, USA and author of An Introduction to the Cognitive Science of Religion.

One of the challenges facing Americans today is establishing religious tolerance. Where do we begin? One place to start is in the classroom. A new academic approach to the study of religion, known as “The Cognitive Science of Religion” (CSR), affords educators a new theoretical framework to teach students about religion. CSR counteracts the excessive focus, in cultural studies approaches, on documenting the seemingly endless diversity between and within traditions. Instead, it offers a scientific approach suggesting that core features of belief transcend our differences and stem from universal features of the human mind expressed through different environments. Consequently, this focus on transcending differences can provide a new framework that educators can use in the classroom to facilitate religious tolerance. Read more

A Visit from Padre Melo

October 10, 2018

Father Melo Portrait

The Central American Studies department is hosting Fr. Ismael "Melo" Moreno Coto to speak as part of the College of Humanities Distinguished Visiting Speaker Program. Padre Melo is one of Honduras' most recognized defenders of human rights and free expression. Read more


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