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Learn to think, write, and speak with care about sensitive topics involving religious and cultural differences—and do it at Iowa where writing is the bedrock of what we do.

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Be part of a community of students interested in exploring religion intellectually and culturally. Tap into Iowa's writing and research infrastructure and work with faculty to publish knowledge and findings.

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"Having great professors in the Religious Studies department has been such an enriching experience. The curriculum is diverse, delving into the complexities of worldwide belief systems and deepening my understanding of other cultures and perspectives." 

- Gisell Torres

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Congratulations to our 2024 E.P. Adler Award Recipients

Wednesday, May 15, 2024
This article recognizes our 2024 student award winners.
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The Department of Religious Studies mourns the loss of Dr. David Klemm

Wednesday, March 20, 2024
The department notes the passing of Professor Emeritus David Klemm.


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Iowa History Conference

Thursday, June 6, 2024 9:00am to 4:00pm
The State Historical Society of Iowa
Join us for the first-ever Iowa History Conference, which bring together scholars, students, and museum curators and directors who will share their Iowa-focused research with the public. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
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