Part of an antique map of the western and eastern hemispheres

Other Events

These are special events--symposia or programs--that have been organized by faculty from the Department of Comparative Religion.

Student Symposium

A student discusses her poster presentation with faculty membersWhenever professor James Hanges teaches his capstone research seminar (REL 430, Early Christian Literature and Religion), he organizes a symposium so that students have the opportunity to present their research projects in the form of a conference paper or poster presentation. 

2017 symposium program
2015 symposium program


Religion as Creativity: An Interdisciplinary Symposium

Detail of a modern abstract paintingOct. 2-4, 2015

Two of our department's faculty--Nathan French and Rory Johnson--teamed up with two of our affiliate faculty--James Bielo and John Cinnamon, both from the anthropology department--to organize a three-day symposium exploring the question: "What can religious innovation teach us about human creativity?" The event brought scholars from the U.S., Canada, and Europe to Miami.

Symposium program


Globalization and Belonging

Detail of an antique world map2013-2014

Our department's Liz Wilson teamed up with Sheila Croucher (American Studies) to create "Globalization and Belonging," the 2013-2014 Altman Program. The year-long program included public lectures, seminars, films, symposia, and college courses dedicated to the year's theme. Six undergraduate student fellows, including two Comparative Religion majors, worked with 11 Miami faculty and two dozen visiting scholars to explore how identity is constructed and maintained in a world with porous boundaries.

Program calendar