2021 Fall DSR Newsletter: DSR Videos


Watch a new series of short videos about the DSR, its people and the amazing range of topics that the study of religion covers, plus listen to department members on the radio and making and guesting on podcasts. 

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We've made a series of wonderful (if we do say so ourselves) videos about the DSR! Here's one to whet your appetite – check out the others on our YouTube channel.

DSR chair Professor Pamela Klassen features in this U of T video in which faculty members from across the University of Toronto’s three campuses deliver messages of hope and support for students.

A special Religion in the Public Sphere event with Professors J. Barton Scott and Pamela Klassen featured a conversation on "Public Humanities, Public Jokes" with the hosts of the podcast Keeping It 101.

The Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Studies produced videos for its How Do You Do It? series, including this one on organizing time to prioritize research. Intrduced by the DSR's Professor Frances Garrett, the Ho Centre's inaugural director from 2106 to 2021.

And Ho Centre PhD candidate Kunga Sherab features in this absorbing episode, "Death and Mindfulness," in the mini-series How We Die.

Professor Frances Garrett made a video about the work of the Ho Centre, in which she also reflects on her time as its director.

Frances is no stranger to video creation, a tool she frequently uses to make information available about her Buddhist Studies courses. Find out more at her YouTube channel. Here's a taster. "Footnotes" is series of short lectures or readings on research in the field, with each episode featuring an article or book chapter from an academic book.

Professor Alexander J.B. Hampton has made some stunning course trailers. Here's a look at RLG318, "Religion and Nature." More at our YouTube channel.

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Comment from Professor Ruth Marshall appears in this CBC Fifth Estate investigation, School of Secrets, of allegations of sexual abuse involving senior figures at  the now-closed Grenville Christian College. It is allleged that there were opportunities to stop it decades sooner and there is examination the role played by a former headmaster who holds a senior position of trust in the Canadian military.

PhD candidate Christina Pasqua was profiled on ‘PhD Students to Follow,’ a website that features interviews with grad students and early career researchers in the study of religion. In addition to the opportunity to learn about Christina’s work, the piece also provides an invitation to follow the adventures of Wilfred, the Rescue Dachshund!

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We alerted you to Arti Dhand's pocast series on the Mahabarata in our last newsletter. The CBC picked up the story: listen to Arti on the radio show Tapestry talking about what lessons this 2,000-year-old Hindu epic can teach us today. 

→ See also our Q&A with Arti about her podcast, and how Game of Thrones has nothing on the mind-bending Mahabarata.

PhD Candidate Sara Hamed is the host on this Reading Muslims project podcast episode, “Muslim Identity and Islamic Book Production,” interviewing Dr. Katherine Bullock, co-founder of Compass Books.  

Professor Marsha Hewitt was featured in the podcast “Off the Couch”, in an episode called “Unconscious Communication within the Psychoanalytic Dyad.”  

The Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Studies has released a new podcast episode of The Circled Square, where Dr. Janet Gyatso (Harvard Divinity School) discusses how she teaches about posthumanism and animal ethics in her courses on Buddhist Studies.

Professor Pamela Klassen appeared as a guest panelist on the CBC radio call-in show, “Ontario Today,” which focused on the question: “When have you had to apologize for your faith group?


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