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Religious Studies

  1. Dorothy Day accepted DD medal from then college president

    Manhattan College Dedicates the Dorothy Day Center

    His Eminence, Cardinal Timothy Dolan Will Give the Blessing

  2. Judith Plaskow

    Pioneering Jewish Feminist Theologian Judith Plaskow Inducted into National Women's Hall of Fame

    The  professor emerita of religious studies spent more than three decades teaching at Manhattan College.    

  3. Dorothy Day Art

    RADICAL ACTION Art Show Sheds Light on Dorothy Day's Inner World

    Manhattan College's O'Malley Library Gallery hosts exhibit inspired by social activist.     

  4. Pax Christi Awards Ceremony

    Professor of Religious Studies Receives Prestigious National Peacemaker Award

    Kevin Ahern was cited for his worldwide peacemaking efforts.    

  5. Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg

    Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg to Discuss Repentance and Repair at the 2023 Judith Plaskow Lecture on Women and Religion and The Aquinas Lecture

    On March 29, Ruttenberg will be the series keynote speaker addressing issues of philosophy, morality, feminism and religion.  

  6. stained glass window showing holy nativity scene on Christmas

    Merry Christmas from Manhattan College

    From all of us at Manhattan College, we wish you a Merry Christmas, blessed New Year, and a happy and healthy holiday season. 

  7. Dorothy Day receives the De La Salle Medal

    Manhattan College Establishes the Dorothy Day Center

    The Catholic activist is currently being considered for sainthood.

  8. Portrait photo of Dorothy Day

    Dorothy Day Guild Meets at Manhattan College

    Scholars, New York archdiocese officials, members of the Catholic Worker movement, and people who worked with Day in her lifetime participated.

  9. Group helping move furniture into refugees' new home

    Students and Faculty Partner with Neighbors to Resettle Family of Afghan Refugees

    Students worked with a local coalition to welcome a family of seven to the U.S.

  10. Photo of a Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Center event

    Spring 2022 HGI Center Events Start with Holocaust Remembrance Day

    Robert Williams of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum will speak on January 27.

  11. Kevin Ahern speaking to group

    Kevin Ahern Closes Chapter as International President of Catholic Lay Movement

    Pope Francis recognized the work Ahern has done in international Catholicism.

  12. Chapel of De La Salle and His Brothers

    Discussion on How Immigrants Have Impacted the Church Set for October 6

    Deborah Kanter, Ph.D., has chronicled the impact that Mexican immigrants have had on Catholic parishes in Chicago.

  13. HGI signage in O'Malley Library

    HGI Center Celebrates 25 Years with Full Fall Schedule

    On October 5, the Center will host the authors of “We Refuse to be Enemies,” a story about an unlikely friendship.

  14. HGI signage in O'Malley Library

    Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center to Celebrate 25th Anniversary

    The Center has educated students and the community for a quarter century.

  15. De La Salle statue on quadrangle

    Lasallian Education Symposium on De La Salle’s Feast Day

    Kevin Ahern, Ph.D., associate professor of religious studies, will be the keynote speaker.

  16. Concentration camp uniform hanging in O'Malley Library

    HGI Center Earns Grant to Expand Ziering Collection

    Herman Ziering was a Holocaust survivor and justice seeker after he fled a concentration camp.

  17. Mehnaz Afridi standing in front of HGI Center banner

    Six HGI Events Begin with Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27

    The HGI Center will also host an interdisciplinary teach-in on white nationalism on February 2.

  18. HGI Center event from November 2019

    Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center to Host Virtual Fall Events

    The fall calendar begins on Sunday, Sept. 27 with an information session on the Uyghurs.

  19. Photo of Skotnicki, Coll smiling in office

    Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Provides Support for E3MC Program

    A grant from the foundation supports the criminal justice education initiative.

  20. Gayatri Gopinath portrait photo

    Women’s Week Events Begin on March 3

    The celebration begins with Gayatri Gopinath delivering the annual Women and Gender Studies lecture.

  21. De La Salle statue in shadows

    Sister Norma Pimentel on Crossing Borders: A Catholic Response to Migration

    Sister Pimentel will address the relationship between immigrants along the Texas-Mexico border and the Catholic Church on February 19.

  22. Headshot of Rev. James Martin, SJ

    Manhattan College to Host Rev. James Martin S.J. on Monday, Oct. 7

    The conversation will focus on building a bridge between the LGBTQ+ community and Catholic Church.

  23. HGI Center exhibit in O'Malley Library

    Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Center to Open Lea and Herman Ziering Archive Collection

    Dedicated to the memory of Holocaust survivors and justice seekers, the exhibit opens in November.

  24. The audience at the 2018 Costello Lecture

    Costello Lecture Event Includes Mack Holt Lecture, Award Presentation

    Mehnaz Afridi, Ph.D., will receive the Costello Excellence in Teaching Award.

  25. Mehnaz Afridi at podium in O'Malley Library

    Mehnaz Afridi, Ph.D., to Receive Costello Excellence in Teaching Award

    Afridi is a widely recognized interfaith scholar and dynamic classroom presence.

  26. Rabea Ali in front of John Baptist de La Salle statue

    Rabea Ali '20 Named Newman Civic Fellow

    Ali is one of 262 students nationwide to receive this award.

  27. Students in virtual reality room

    Digital Arts and Humanities Program Combines Liberal Arts and Tech

    The minor is designed to create critical thinkers for the digital age.

  28. Top of chapel on Smith Auditorium

    Manhattan College to Host Six Events During Peace and Justice Week

    The week's programming will explore institutions that have participated in unethical behavior.

  29. Brother Jack Curran with students in Kelly Commons

    Manhattan College a Tight-Knit On-Campus Faith Community

    Kevin Ahern, Ph.D., is spotlighting on-campus faith communities in a new book.

  30. Student lighting candle at HGI Center event

    Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center Hosts Four Spring Events

    The spring schedule of events begins on Thursday, January 24.

  31. Panelists at Refugee Migrant Education Conference

    International Contingent Shares Best Practices at Refugee and Migrant Education Conference

    Manhattan College hosted the three-day event focused on higher education’s role in refugee and migrant education.

  32. 300 years of the Lasallian Mission

    Celebrating 300 Years of the Lasallian Mission

    The Manhattan College community dedicates a community artwork to commemorate the life and legacy of St. John Baptist de La Salle for the Tercentenary.

  33. Student veterans at map of the world

    Religious Studies Course Welcomes Student Veterans

    An introductory religious studies course helps student veterans transition to college life.

  34. Student lighting candle during memorial for Pittsburgh victims

    80 Years after Kristallnacht, HGI Center Continues to Shine Light on Antisemitism

    Prior to the annual Schweitzer Lecture, students lit candles to remember victims of the recent tragedy in Pittsburgh.

  35. Mehnaz Afridi at HGI Center event

    Holocaust, Genocide, and Interfaith Center to Host Four Fall Events

    The Center will continue to advance its mission to eradicate human suffering, prejudice, and racism through education.

  36. An image of students standing in park holding shovels.

    Arches Students Become Part of New York City

    While living together in a community in Lee Hall, freshmen in the Arches program take one class together per semester that incorporates service projects and cultural excursions in New York City.

  37. Carolyn Enger

    Holocaust Memorial Day to Feature Carolyn Enger’s Mischilinge Expose

    Enger is a musician who tells the story of a little-known aspect of the Holocaust.

  38. New York City Skyline at Dusk

    10 Courses That Turn New York City into Your Classroom

    Manhattan College’s course catalog encourages students to step outside of the classroom and put learning into action in the greatest city in the world.

  39. Veterans Day parade

    Manhattan College Remains on Victory Media’s List of Military Friendly Schools

    More than 100 veterans attend Manhattan College and excel in a variety of on-campus leadership roles.

  40. Susannah Heschel

    Susannah Heschel to Deliver Talk on Christians, Nazis and the Bible

    The chair of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth, Heschel is the keynote speaker at the College’s annual Schweitzer Lecture on Nov. 7.

  41. book shelf

    Student Discovers and Repairs Collection of Books at the College Library

    What started as a summer job at the O'Malley Library has turned into a career calling for Tim Gress ’19 whose discovery of a book collection prompted him to learn about book restoration and pursue a graduate degree in library science.

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    Summer Outreach Program Prepares City Teens for College

    From July 24 – 28, the Center for Academic Success hosted its seventh annual Summer Literacy Institute, an immersive learning experience that this year helped 30 rising high school seniors in New York City plan for college.

  43. Veterans in caps and gowns

    Student Veterans Build Community Centered Around Success at Manhattan College

    A homegrown Veterans Success Program has provided a way for student veterans to acclimate to college life and find their place among peers.

  44. Panel of speakers

    World Water Day Panel Takes a Stand on Standing Rock

    JustPeace invited four speakers of different disciplines to share their perspectives on the Dakota Access Pipeline build for World Water Day 2017.

  45. Stained glass window

    Kristin Heyer to Discuss Civic Kinship at Annual Aquinas Lecture

    On April 6, Heyer will discuss topics surrounding migration and political justice within the frame of Catholicism.

  46. Students on walking tour of Bronx

    Community-Based Learning Helps Grow Culture of Service at Manhattan College

    Manhattan College is increasing its efforts to include more community-based learning courses in the curriculum and forge more dynamic local partnerships.

  47. Women who served

    Veteran Students to Discuss Challenges, Stereotypes and Honor of Women in Military Service

    Students at Manhattan College who served in the military will host a panel discussion on March 29.

  48. Peace Week

    Peace Week Highlighted by Kathy Kelly’s Cost of War Lecture

    Manhattan College will host a series of events surrounding the antiwar movement.

  49. Fr. Bryan Massingale

    Leading Catholic Social Ethicist to Discuss Catholicism and Racial Equality

    Fr. Bryan Massingale will speak about cross-racial solidarity within the Catholic Church.

  50. model un team

    Just keep swimming: Professor connects her passion to everyday spirituality

    Michele Saracino, Ph.D., professor and chair of religious studies, is researching swimming as a spiritual practice, relating our connection with water to our interactions with God and others in everyday life. 

  51. Chapel of De La Salle and His Brothers

    Religious Studies Faculty Reflect on the Year of Mercy

    In December 2015, Pope Francis called for an extraordinary jubilee year, setting it apart from the ordinary cycle of jubilees, or holy years, which are called every 25 years in the Catholic Church.

  52. Veterans Day parade

    Manhattan College​ Named to Victory Media’s 2017 Military Friendly Schools List

    The College continues to be recognized as a top college for veteran students.

  53. Andrew Skotnicki

    Andrew Skotnicki, Ph.D., Receives Costello Award for Excellence in Teaching

    Religious studies professor has been a member of the College’s faculty since 2002.

  54. Smith Auditorium

    Maud Mandel Discusses Current Relationship Between Muslims and Jews

    Mandel will deliver the annual Schweitzer Lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 15.

  55. Mehnaz Afridi, Ph.D.

    Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center to Host Abrahamic Religions Conference

    The two-day event, Feb. 29 – March 1, explores challenges in an age of extremism.

  56. vatican council logo

    Religious Studies Professor Serves as Guest Speaker to Vatican Conference

    Kevin Ahern, Ph.D., assistant professor of religious studies, participated in a two-day seminar in Rome, which was hosted by the Pontifical Justice and Peace Council to mark the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council document Gaudium et Spes.

  57. panelists in hayden hall room 100

    Redefining Religious Life in the 21st Century

    Manhattan College religious studies professors Kevin Ahern and Natalia Imperatori-Lee recently sat down with Sister Arlene Flaherty, OP, and Brother Ernest Miller, FSC, to explore the future of the prophetic mission during a panel sponsored by the College’s departments of Catholic Studies, Religious Studies, Peace Studies and the office of Mission.

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    NYU Professor Marion Kaplan to Deliver Annual Schweitzer Lecture on Nov. 16

    Three-time winner of the National Jewish Book Award to speak at Manhattan on “Jewish Women and Families during Kristallnacht.”

  59. Mehnaz Afridi teaches a course

    Women & Islam Course Promotes Understanding Through Study & Site Work

    An unexpected roster of students is enrolled in Mehnaz Afridi’s seminar.

  60. Pope Francis visit to New York City

    Around the World : 2015 Apostolic Journey of Pope Francis

    Manhattan’s faculty experts and administration weighed in on the papal visit to give a global context to this historic event.Mehnaz Afridi, Ph.D.Assisant Professor of Religious Studies and Director of the College’s Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith (HGI) Education Center

  61. Sustainable September

    College Hosts Sustainable September to Focus on Climate Change

    Driven by the papal encyclical, the month-long series of events tackles several current environmental issues.

  62. br_berger

    Br. Robert Berger Celebrates 40 Years as Brother, Teacher, Mentor and Friend

    Since 1988, Br. Robert has made a wide-ranging impact on his alma mater.

  63. Bridge into woods

    Jaspers Seek the Good Life Off the Grid in Maine

    A new Study Away program asks students to consider grand questions in the great outdoors through a religious studies course taught by Philip Francis, Ph.D.

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    Holocaust Survivor Fellowship Casts Light on Religious Intolerance in Europe

    Fellowship connects Manhattan College and Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School students with survivors of the Holocaust for interviews to be documented through 2015.

  65. De La Salle statue in spring

    Manhattan College Stands Up for Social Justice at Anti-Slavery Conference

    Experts in slavery and human trafficking to present at conference on April 18.

  66. Veterans in Bahamas

    Veterans Discover Healing Power of Yoga and Meditation

    An old course in a new venue specifically tailored to veterans affected by combat-stress, PTSD, and trauma, takes students to Paradise Island in the Bahamas to discover the healing power of yoga and meditation.

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    Theologian and Social Neuroscientist to Speak at Manhattan College’s Aquinas Lecture

    Stephen J. Pope and Michael Spezio to present at lecture on April 20.

  68. My Mommy, M.S. and Me

    Manhattan Student Writes Children’s Book to Raise MS Awareness

    Mommy, MS and Me, a new children’s book written by religious studies major Stephanie Garcia ’15, is designed to create a dialog.

  69. Campus

    Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center to Host Several EventsDuring Spring Semester

    Manhattan College’s HGI Center will focus on the Holocaust and its lingering effects throughout the 2015 spring semester.

  70. Manhattan College Campus

    Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center to Host Interfaith Discussion on Current Events in the Middle East on Oct. 20

    Religious leaders and scholars to lead open discussion entitled, Jews, Christians and Muslims: Challenging Extremism Today.

  71. Sister Elizabeth Johnson

    Theology Author Sister Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ, To Speak atManhattan College on Oct. 7

    Author of Ask the Beasts, to discuss new book on campus.

  72. Manhattan College

    College’s Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education CenterWelcomes Historian of Religion Charles H. Long

    Charles Long to discuss the dilemmas of American religion on Sept. 11.

  73. Virtually Sacred Book Cover

    Professor Investigates Connection Between Virtual Worlds in Video Games and Religion; Fosters Student Research and Publications

    Robert Geraci releases new book on how video games might play a role in the religious options of modern life and publishes paper with student as a result of NSF grant.

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    HGI Center and Religious Leaders Discuss Current Issues in the Middle East

    Manhattan College’s Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education (HGI) Center hosted a series of roundtable discussions among more than 100 religious leaders, scholars and individuals from New York City and the local community. The event was planned as a way to discuss and examine the current extremism, prejudice and violence occurring in the Middle East. 

  75. Manhattan College Study Abroad

    Lasallians Abroad: Jaspers Connect with Cuba, Discover Unshakeable Bonds

    During a weeklong multifaceted study abroad experience in Havana, Cuba, more than a dozen Jaspers discover Lasallian resolve after 50 years of restricted religious practice.

  76. Hayden Auditorium

    Social and Political Philosopher To Speak at Manhattan College’s Aquinas Lecture

    Charles W. Mills to discuss liberalism at the annual lecture on April 10.

  77. Katie Geneva

    Trailblazer Katie Geneva Cannon To Present at College’s Judith Plaskow Lecture on April 9

    Expert on the topics of Women’s and African-American Theology and Ethics to speak at lecture.

  78. Panel of Students and Professors

    Star Wars Research Reveals Philosophy Behind The Force

    Robert Geraci, Ph.D., and Manhattan College students conduct interdisciplinary research to decipher the power and presence of meaning in virtual worlds, with funding from the National Science Foundation.

  79. George Young

    Critically Acclaimed Author To Speak at Manhattan College on Russian Cosmism

    George Young to present book on Russian cosmism, a philosophical and cultural movement in Russia during the 20th century.

  80. Manhattan College Arches

    Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education CenterReleases Spring Events Schedule

    Lineup includes four-month art exhibit on the Holocaust.

  81. Allison DeVito

    Former JAG Officer in the U.S. Air Force To Speakat Manhattan College

    Captain Allison DeVito will present Cost of War lecture on Feb. 27.

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    Manhattan College’s Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education CenterHosts Scriptural Reading Event

    On Oct. 16, Jews, Christians and Muslims will gather to promote understanding and friendship.

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    Huffington Post Religion Editor to Speak at Manhattan College

    Rev. Paul Brandeis Raushenbush will discuss the crucially important issue of how religion is covered by the media.

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    College To Celebrate 50th Anniversary of the Second Vatican Council’s “Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy” in October

    The four-day celebration from Oct. 20-23 marks 50 years since the Council sought to transform and renew liturgy in the Roman Catholic Church.

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    Manhattan College’s Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center Hosts Several Fall Events

    Lineup includes book discussions by authors Ruth Boyd Sharone and John Connelly.

  86. Campus shot

    Manhattan College’s Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center Holds Several April Events

    Lineup includes book discussions by authors Jasha Levi and Nina Wolff

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    Manhattan College to Mark 50th Anniversary of "Pacem in Terris" With Lecture Series, Library Exhibit

    Pope John XXIII’s historic encyclical has deep ties to campus community

  88. Natalia Imperatori-Lee

    Manhattan College Theologian Weighs in on Papal Election

    As the Vatican prepares to elect a new pope, Natalia Imperatori-Lee, Ph.D. breaks down the prospects for a Latin American pope in response to the Church's changing demographics.

  89. John Wilcox

    Manhattan College Theologian Releases Book Forecasting the Future of Catholic Higher Education

    Manhattan College theologian John R. Wilcox, professor emeritus of religious studies, recently published a book outlining the challenges Catholic colleges and universities face with diminishing numbers of clergy members on campus.

  90. Manhattan College Sign

    Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center to Commence Spring Semester with New Events

    Spring semester programming begins on Feb. 13 with activist and scholar Alan Richard.

  91. Library

    National Endowment for the Humanities Awards Manhattan College with Exclusive Collection

    The College’s Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center selected to receive the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf.