- Every year the Religious Studies faculty makes a strong showing at the Annual Meetings of the American Academy of Religion and the Society for Biblical Literature. This year is no different. Profs. Delbert Burkett, Stuart Irvine, Mari Rethelyi, Kenny Smith, Brad Storin, and Michael Pasquier will be representing the Religious Studies Program at the meetings in San Antonio, November 18-22, 2016.
- The LSU Museum of Art will feature the exhibit "Painting Enlightenment: Experiencing Widsom and Compassion through Art and Science" from September 9th to November 27, 2016, at the Shaw Center for the Arts in downtown Baton Rouge. Prof. Paula Arai, guest curator of the exhibit, will deliver a public lecture on opening night about the Japanese scientist and artist Iwasaki Tsuneo, as well as her involvement in the exhibit.
- Prof. Michael Pasquier will deliver the DeAndreis-Rosati Memorial Archives Lecture at DePaul University in October 2016, where he will discuss his book Fathers on the Frontier: French Missionaries and the Roman Catholic Priesthood in the United States, 1789-1870.
- Prof. Michael Pasquier will publish the textbook Religion in America: The Basics in November 2016. As part of Routledge's "The Basics" Series, Religion in America will be one of the most affordable and accessible textbooks in the field of American religious history.
- Prof. Brad Storin has been selected to receive the 2016 Nicholson Award for Outstanding Faculty Member. Candidates for this award are nominated by H&SS students and selected by the H&SS Student Council. The award honors Brad's exemplary teaching ability.
- Prof. Mari Rethelyi traveled to Pec, Hungary, in April 2016, to participate in a conference on "Stereotypes and Nation's Images in Central Europe." She presented the paper "Isolated Brotherless Branch of His Race": Jewish Images of Kinship with Hungarians."
- Prof. Mari Rethelyi participated in the annual meeting of the Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion in Atlanta in March 2016, where she delivered the paper "The Urban Landscape and the Jew: Making Identity in Early Twentieth-Century Budapest."
- Prof. Michael Pasquier delivered an address on “Writing the Mississippi” at the 2016 Tennessee Williams Literary Festival in New Orleans. He was joined by famed wildlife photographer C.C. Lockwood, author of Around the Bend: A Mississippi River Adventure. Prof. Pasquier is editor of the book Gods of the Mississippi, which considers the history of religion in the Mississippi River Valley from the colonial period to the present.
- Professors Brad Storin and Mari Rethelyi were each awarded a $5,000 summer stipend through the Council on Research Summer Stipend program. This award will cover a one-month appointment beginning July 1, 2016 through July 31, 2016.