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Department of Religious Studies


Undergraduate News

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Recent Graduating Majors Elected to Phi Beta Beta
  • Sultan Ghuman (Class if 2011)
  • Millie S. Joneja (Class of 2010)
  • Jason Saltzman (Class of 2009)
  • John Schmidt (Class of 2009)
Majors Graduating with University Honors

Kudos to our summa cum laude graduates (GPA 3.75 or higher):

Class of 2010

  • Christopher Gill
  • Caryn Goldenberg
  • Nichole Jordan
  • Caitlin Kempf
  • Colin Post
  • Kumar Rupali
  • Bryent Wagner

Congratulations to our magna cum laude graduates (GPA 3.5):

Class of 2010

  • Laura Bentley
  • Phillip Gianmattei
  • Nicole Hayden
  • Margaret Jeffries
  • Millie Joneja
  • Laura Kennel
  • John Thetford

Bravo to our cum laude graduates (GPA 3.25):

Class of 2010

  • Timothy Bryant
  • Sarah D’Archangelis
  • Carolyn Gerecht
  • Lauren Krivinko
  • Michelle Molchan
  • Lynn Darby Monks
  • Emily Victor
  • Rose Wells
Majors Awarded Honors College BPhil Degrees

Timothy R. Jackson (Class of 2009), for "Deep Ecology in Action: A Series of Case Studies on the Conservation Efforts of Monastics and Other Religious Leaders in Mongolia, India, and Thailand."

Ryan E. Suskey (Class of 2008), for "Returning to Exile?: The Retrieving and Rejecting of Jewishness in French Shoah Narrative."

Honors College Brackenridge Fellowship Winners

Jaclyn Bankert (History), for "The Persistence of Memory: Using Memoir to Understand the Holocaust" (Faculty Sponsor: Alexander Orbach, Religious Studies), 2010.

Arielle Juberg (Religious Studies and Political Science), for "Monsters and Gods: Interpretations of Birth Defects across Time and Culture" (Faculty Sponsor: Jonathon Erlen, Health Sciences Library System), 2010. 

Religious Studies Minor Acknowledged for Promotion of Women's Rights

Shannon Black (Class of 2009) received a 2008 Nationality Rooms Scholarship to go to Tanzania, where she helped local villagers gain better access to water supplies while she learned about issues affecting women and families in Africa. She has been very active in Pitt’s Campus Women’s Organization (CWO), serving as president for the past two years. She was also the 2008-2009 president of Pitt’s campus-based Student Volunteer Organization, a community service group, and a member of Pitt’s Rainbow Alliance, an organization dedicated to the interests of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered communities. Read more about Shannon's promotion of women's right at home and abroad in the Pitt Chronicle.

Major Presents Paper at International Conference in India

Tim Jackson, who completed a study trip on environmental issues in Mongolia, India and Thailand (May-December 2008), is the first recipient of a Fred W. Clothey Grant for South Asian and Ritual Studies. He presented "The Ecological Activities of Various Religious Groups in India" at the Conference on Indian Philosophy held in Kolkata, India in January 2009. This research was incorporated in parts of Tim's religious studies senior thesis and Honors College BPhil theses.

Religious Studies Senior Thesis Research Highlighted in Pitt Magazine

Halle Goldblatt's (Class of 2008) ethnographic research for her senior thesis on the religious pilgrimage to the grave of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the last spiritual leader of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement, an ultra-orthodox Judaism that emphasizes worldwide outreach and a return to traditional practices, was featured in Pitt Magazine's "Commons Room: A Slice of Campus Life" column.

Majors See the World

Religious Studies majors continue to take advantage of study and research abroad opportunities available at Pitt.

Majors who studied aborad in AY 2010 are Jessica Drake (Tel Aviv University, Israel), Matthew Gill (Pitt in London), Allison Huggins (Italy), Isabelle Jargowski (Semester at Sea), and Rebecca Whalen, Turkey.

Majors who headed abroad in AY 2009 are Elise Canup (Italy), Talia Cohen (Haifa University, Israel), Darelle Dogans (Galilee program, Israel), Carolyn Gerecht (Semester at Sea), Nichole Hayden (Pitt in London), Tim Jackson (Thailand), Margaret Jeffries (Australearn, Fiji), Candice Robertson (Hebrew University, Israel), and Laurie Zinberg (Semester at Sea).

Majors studying abroad in summer 2008 are Tim Jackson (Mongolia), Margaret Jeffries (Ireland), Nichole Jokola (Greece), Mallory Jordan (Haifa University, Israel), Laura McGee (Boston University Dublin Internship program), Sarah Murison (China), and Lindsey Myers (Turkey).

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