UW Religious Studies Newsletter
Issue 1 | May 2015
Michael Higgins Talk
What is ISIS? Why do Canadians Join? - Lorne Dawson and Amarnath Amarasingam
Thursday March 19 in AL 211 at 3:30.
Animals as peers, as persons, as peacebuilders - Trevor Bechtel Thursday March 26 in AL 211 at 3:30
Each year the Religious Studies Department honours its outstanding students with a lunch at the University Club. This year the award winners are:
Highest Second Year Average Award: Rebecca Chapeskie
Highest Third Year Average Award: Maddy Prevost
Highest Fourth Year Average Award: Douglas Wilson
Outstanding Contribution to the RS Department Award: Madlyn Prevost
Pictured: Maddy Prevost, Mavis Fenn, Ricardo Gouvea, Rebecca Chapeskie and Doug Cowan (seated).
What's new with you?
It's always great to hear from alumni. We'd love to know what you are up to, so please send an email to Fiona McAlister.
Student Profile - Maddy Prevost
Maddy Prevost is a third-year student in the Religious Studies Department. She is the President of the RS Student Society which organizes academic and social events to bring together students and faculty interested in religious studies such as movie nights and an recent field trip to the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto.
Maddy first became interested in Religious Studies in high school when she took a World Religions course. Her favourite RS course (so far) has been RS 271 - Religion in Film which focused on horror movies the term she took it.
She recently participated in the Beyond Borders program, travelling to Uganda to work with a Catholic HIV/AIDS organization. This experience sparked an interest in studying how religion and health care intersect, a topic Maddy hopes to pursue at graduate school in the future.
RS Student Society
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Research in the RS Department
Brooke Brassard is a Ph.D. Candidate in our Religious Diversity in North America program. She was recently awarded an Ontario Graduate Scholarship for her research on Mormonism in western Canada. Mormon architecture, specifically the temple at Cardston, Alberta, was what first attracted Brooke to the study of Mormonism but her research has since expanded to cover other aspects of Mormonism. Brooke chose the University of Waterloo's program because of its unique focus on North America. Brooke has an article coming out in the summer in the Journal of Mormon History and she recently had an article published on a blog devoted to Mormon research.
Trevor Bechtel who recently joined the Religious Studies Department and is the Dean of Conrad Grebel University College published a book, The Gift of Ethics in February. His research areas include The human-animal relationship, creation, Biblical Theology, 20th century Anabaptist thought, theological and the ethical implications of technology. Trevor recently gave a talk called "Animals as peers, persons and peacebuilders" on March 26.