Religious Studies

Q&A with new faculty: Brennan Keegan

Brennan Keegan

Randolph College’s 2018-19 academic year is officially underway, and there are several new faces among the faculty. Brennan Keegan, visiting instructor in American culture, is one of the new additions: Where are you from originally and what is your background? I grew up outside of Portland, Oregon, and went to the small liberal arts school... READ MORE >>

Bessenger visits Bhutan for research on Tibetan Buddhist religious biographies

Professor Suzanne Bessenger in front of Tiger’s Nest Monastery in Paro, Bhutan

This summer, religious studies professor Suzanne Bessenger traveled to Bhutan for research on the role of non-monastic Buddhist practices described in the 14th Century biographies of the female saint Sönam Peldren and her husband and scribe, Rinchen Pel. Bessenger consulted Tshering Dhendup, dean of academic affairs at the College of Language and Culture Studies in... READ MORE >>

Randolph presents 2018 Academic and Leadership Awards

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Randolph College presented numerous  students on Wednesday with academic and leadership awards. The annual Academic and Leadership Awards ceremony honors students who excelled in their academic performance as well as demonstrated leadership at the College. Academic Awards Art and Art History Rachel Trexler Ellis ’44 Art Prize for Excellence: Morgan Osburn and Stacey Samuels Best... READ MORE >>

Sister Helen Prejean talks death penalty, race relations, and more with Randolph students

Sister Helen Prejean meets with students in the Chandler Student Lounge Tuesday afternoon

Prior to her public lecture at Randolph, one of the leading advocates to abolish the death penalty in the United States had tea and thoughtful discussions with some of the College’s students in the Chandler Student Lounge. Sister Helen Prejean is a member of the Congregation of St. Joseph, based in New Orleans, La., and... READ MORE >>

Bessenger to speak at Institute for Asian Cultural and Religious History in Austria

Suzanne Bessenger

On Thursday, June 22, religious studies professor Suzanne Bessenger will give the talk, “Independent Dakini or Yab Yum Duo? Sönam Peldren, Rinchen Pel, and the Role of Life Writing in Tibetan Sainthood” at the Austrian Academy of Sciences’ Institute for Asian Cultural and Religious History in Vienna, Austria. Bessenger was approved for tenure at Randolph earlier this... READ MORE >>

Randolph honors students with 2017 Academic and Leadership Awards

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Randolph College students were recognized on Wednesday with numerous academic and leadership awards. This annual event honors students who have excelled in their academic performance as well as demonstrated leadership at the College. SEE PHOTOS ON THE RANDOLPH COLLEGE STUDENT LIFE FACEBOOK PAGE Academic Departmental Awards included:   Art and Art History Rachel Trexler Ellis... READ MORE >>

Randolph students inducted into international, national honor societies

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On Tuesday, Randolph students from a variety of academic departments were officially inducted into international, national, and College honor societies. Randolph’s 2017 inductees are:   Psi Chi (psychology) Melissa Hussey Sydnee C. Waller   Iota Sigma Pi (women in chemistry) Drucilla A. Williams Tetiana Poliakova Sophia S. Dill   Lamda Pi eta (communications) Jordon Long... READ MORE >>

Bessenger, Dop approved for tenure

Suzanne Bessenger and Gary Dop

Last week, the Randolph College Board of Trustees approved religious studies professor Suzanne Bessenger and English professor Gary Dop for tenure. Bessenger came to Randolph in 2011 and teaches courses on Asian religions. As an undergraduate, she designed a major in anthropology and Asian studies to complete her degree at Mills College in Oakland, California.... READ MORE >>

Alumnus returns to Randolph as visiting math professor

Caleb Moxley

As a student at Randolph, Caleb Moxley ’11 experienced great personal and academic growth, in large part due to the close relationships he formed with professors. This semester, he’s getting the opportunity to build those relationships with his own students. In his role as visiting math professor, Moxley is teaching Pre-Calculus, Introduction to Quantitative Reasoning,... READ MORE >>

Summer Research project examines history of martyrdom

Will Andress '17 and Gordon Steffey meet to discuss one of their readings in the Student Center.

Coloring books are all the rage these days. Besides the typical children’s characters, there are now coloring books for adults featuring everything from butterflies to mandalas. And as Will Andress ’17 found out during his Summer Research project, there is even a martyrdom coloring book. Martyrdom: The Coloring Book is one of many texts—historical and... READ MORE >>