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Global Religions in Practice
January 23, 2009 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
10:30 a.m., 117 Anderson Hall
Studying Religion in Motion in a Global Context
3:00 p.m., 219 Anderson Hall
Toward an Ethic of Civic Engagement: Reflections on a Kinetic and Relational Theory of Religion
Faculty & Student Seminar
Thomas A. Tweed has graduate degrees from Harvard and Stanford. He taught at the University of Miami for five years and at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1993–2008, where he was Chair of the Department of Religious Studies, professor of Religious Studies, and adjunct professor of American Studies. In Fall 2008, he moved to the University of Texas at Austin, where he is the Shive, Lindsay, and Gray Professor of Religious Studies. He edited Retelling U.S. Religious History (1997) and co-edited Asian Religions in America: A Documentary History (1999), which Choice named an “outstanding academic book.” He also wrote The American Encounter with Buddhism, 1844–1912: Victorian Culture and the Limits of Dissent (1992; 2000) and Our Lady of the Exile: Diasporic Religion at a Cuban Catholic Shrine in Miami (1997), which won the American Academy of Religion’s Award for Excellence. Tweed’s latest book, Crossing and Dwelling: A Theory of Religion, was published by Harvard University Press in 2006. His ongoing projects include a source book, co-edited with Kim Knott of the University of Leeds, on The Geography of Religion, and an historical study of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, which will appear in Cornell University Press’s series on Catholicism in Twentieth Century America as “America’s Church”: Catholic Presence in the Nation’s Capital, 1917–1997.
Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Hindu Traditions, the Transnational and Global Studies Center, and the University of Florida International Center, in association with the Department of Religion, the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research , and the Department of Political Science.