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REL 3194 The Holocaust with Dr. Stier

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REL 4063 Faith in Social Justice with Prof. Smith

REL 4081 Non-Violence and Peace Studies with Prof. Samani Rohini

REL 4173 Technology and Human Values with Dr. Bauman

REL 4363 Sufism: Islamic Mysticism and Spirituality with Visitor Instructor Prof. Grenier

REL 4364 Interpreting the Quran: Gender and Jihab with Dr. Akhtar

REL 4937 Special Topics: Spirituality and Sustainability with Prof. Pliske

REL 4937 Special Topics: Religion & Fantasy with Prof. Smith

RLG 6935 Seminar in Sacred Text with Dr. Akhtar

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Ernesto Fiocchetto at the Tuesday Time Roundtable


Our Graduate student presenting Religion, Migration, and LGBTIQ: Configuring Identities. Presenting Jan 22, 2019 12:30 PM in GC 150

Yoga, Meditation, and Spiritual Development Study Abroad Bahamas


Abroad: April 28th - May 5th, 2019 Courses (select 1 only) REL 3020 Meditation and Spiritual Development REL 3399 Yoga & the Art of Mediation REL 4910 Independent Study Abroad RLG 5397 Yoga Theory and Practicum (Graduate course) Total of 3 credits For more information: email

2018 AAR Conference Jain Studies students


Venu Mehta, Samani Satya & Rohini, Dr. Vose, Humberto Perez, David St. John, Carol Rodriguez reunited at the 2018 AAR in Denver Colorado.

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Thesis Announcements

Master's Thesis Defenses:

Spring 2019

Ernesto Fiochetto "Winner of Christine Guddorf Outstanding Best Thesis Award"

Title Uprooting and Re-rooting Religious Identities: Millennial Migrants from South America in Miami.

He will be recognized for this accomplishment at the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs Third Annual Spring Awards Ceremony to be held on Tuesday, April 16th from 6:00 to 7:30 pm in the MARC Pavilion.

Please join me in congratulating Ernesto on winning this award, and in wishing him all the best in his future academic endeavors. Thank you all for your nominations.

Arinze Amanfo

Title: Making History: The Sephardi Jewish Orphans of Sao-Tome and the African - American Appropriation of their Story.

March 26, 2019 in DM 323 1 pm.

Carol Rodriguez

Title: Illustrating Jain Ethics in Medieval Didactic Literature: Virtue, Karma and Female Agency in the Līlāvatīsāra.

March 27, 2019 in DM 258 10 am.

Ajoke S. Adebisi

Title: Negotiating with Patriarchy: Women, Sexuality, and Power in Yoruba Sacred Oral Genres.

March 28, 2019 in DM 323 at 10 am.

Jasmin Nicole Graham

Title: The Historical Evolution of A.M.E. Church: Social Intervention to Advance Blacks Socio-Economic Position.

March 28, 2019 in DM 223 at 12:30 pm.

Worlds Ahead Graduates

Past Worlds Ahead Grads

Spring 2017

One of Venu Mehta’s biggest challenges as an international student at FIU was missing her family in India, particularly her mother, Dr. Purnima Mehta, whom she considers to be one of her greatest influences and mentors.

A strong sense of determination and dedication to learning helped see her through to earn her master’s degree in religious studies, adding to the Ph.D. in multiculturalism through literature education she had already earned in the Gujarat state of India.

Upon her arrival at FIU, Venu immediately stood out to her professors, who were impressed by the cutting-edge social science research she had already done on the Jain community and the American Jain diaspora.

Venu has published an award-winning primer for English speakers to learn the Gujarati language, based on her work as a Fulbright Scholar at Indiana University, Bloomington.

At FIU, she assisted her professors with an effort to catalogue another ancient language, Kacchi, for which there are few dictionaries in North America or Europe. Her work earned her induction into Theta Alpha Kappa, the national honor society for religious studies and theology, for which she is currently president. She also founded the Preksha Meditation Club, bringing a central practice of Jain spirituality to FIU students.

Following graduation, Venu plans to continue her studies at the University of Florida, where she will pursue her Ph.D. in religious studies.