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Religion is a fascinating object of study. Studying beliefs, practices, or, more broadly speaking, forms of human communication, religion can be approached through a variety of different lenses. Religion courses at Hofstra provide the tools students need to think critically and constructively, recognize the many different roles religion plays in public life and the way religions interact with and shape one another. Please explore our Web site to learn more about our department and the programs and courses we offer.

Kultar's Mime: Stories of 1984 and Discussion Panel 6:45pm Monroe Lecture theater, Wed, Oct. 28th, 2015. More info

Ann NeumannAnn Neumann, New York University author, journalist and long-time editor of The Revealer, Critical Spiritualities Lecture Series: “The Good Enough Death,” Thursday, October 8, 2015, 6pm, East Multipurpose Room. More info.

View Photos from the Ann Neumann lecture

Baba BrinkmannBaba Brinkmann, rap artist, philosopher and YouTube sensation, Religion Evolves: A Rap Guide to Religion,” Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 7pm, Monroe Lecture Center. More info.

Violent NationsViolent Nations: 1984's Othering of Sikhs Conference. October 31-November 2, 2014. Organized under the auspices of the Sardarni Kuljit Kaur Bindra Chair in Sikh Studies, Dr. Balbinder Singh Bhogal, and The Department of Religion & the Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (HCLAS)/ Co-coordinator: Prabhsharandeep Singh (Oxford University). More info

unispanDr. Henry Goldschmidt, Director of Education at the Interfaith Center of New York, Critical Spiritualities Lecture Series: “Inclusion and Exclusion through Interfaith Dialogue: Lessons from Crown Heights and the Interfaith Center of New York,” Thursday, October 9, 2014, 6pm, 246 East Library Wing, Axinn Library. More info


Nathan Schneider, journalist, activist and author of Thank You, Anarchy and God in Proof, Critical Spiritualities Lecture Series: "What Proofs About God Really Prove," Wednesday, October 9, 2013, 6pm, Monroe Lecture Hall

unispan Joanna Brooks, San Diego State University at San Diego and author of The Book of Mormon Girl

Critical Spiritualities Lecture Series: "Mormon Girl Goes to the Elections: A Candid Exploration of Faith in American Politics" -- THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2012, 4:30pm, CULTURAL CENTER THEATER

Guru Nanak Interfaith Prize Renowned Interfaith Leader Rabbi Arthur Schneier and International Coalition Religions for Peace Awarded Hofstra’s Guru Nanak Interfaith Prize

Rabbi Arthur Schneier, president of the Appeal for Conscience Foundation, and Religions for Peace, a worldwide multi-religious coalition, have been awarded Hofstra's Guru Nanak Interfaith Prize for 2010... | more |

Spring 2009 Events

Department of Religion & Depart of Women's Studies presents

"What Would Oprah Do?"

Everybody knows that Oprah is a powerful woman, garnering fans, funds and political power with aplomb. But what does all this power create? What precisily, does Oprah SELL? This talk will explore the spirituality of HARPO, Inc. What is the reason for it's popular appeal? "It's Oprah's world, and we are all just comsuming in it."

Speaker: Katie Lofton, Fellow, Center for the Study of Religion
Princeton University

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 4, 7pm

Location: Rochelle and Irwin A. Lowenfeld Conference and Exhibition Hall
Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, 10th Floor, South Campus

Admission: FREE

For more information, please call the Department of Religion at 516-463-5623.

Dr. Balbinder Singh BhogalDr. Balbinder Singh Bhogal Installed as the Sardarni Kuljit Kaur Bindra Chair in Sikh Studies

3-DEC-08 Balbinder Singh Bhogal, Ph.D., was formally installed as the Sardarni Kuljit Kaur Bindra Chair in Sikh Studies at Hofstra University at a convocation on Wednesday, Dec. 3 | more |

BAPS Video: New York's Hindu Communities Watch this group field research video produced at Hofstra University by Dr. Vivodh Anand's Religion 70 course, during the Fall 2007 semester. | more |

Dr. Julie Byrne Video: Installation of Dr. Julie Byrne

The newly installed Monsignor Thomas J. Hartman Chair in Catholic Studies, Dr. Julie Byrne, outlines her vision for the "Hartman Model" of Catholic Studies she envisions at Hofstra University, in this video shot during her installation... | more |

Credit Courses Two New 1 Credit Courses in Sikh Sacred Music for Fall 2008

Most scriptures have a performative (sung, chanted) dimension to them: the Jewish Tehillim of the Torah, the Christian Psalms of the Bible, the Muslim call to prayer and suras of the Koran, | more |

Bhai Baldeep Singh Two Concerts of Sikh Sacred Music and Song Fall 2008

Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY – President Stuart Rabinowitz today announced the creation of an endowed chair in the Department of Religion for the study and teaching of Sikh musical traditions. | more |