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Passing of Dean Ellen Aitken

In memory of Professor Ellen Aitken, Professor of Early Christian Studies and Dean of the Faculty of Religious Studies, who lost her battle to cancer on June 13, 2014.

Read the memorial tribute here. For the memorial tribute video, click here.

Senate unanimously rejects provisions of Bill 60

Read more about the Bill here.

$5 million gift from McGill alumni strengthens interfaith scholarship

McGill alumni Barbara and Patrick Keenan have made a landmark gift of $5 million to the School of Religious Studies, as part of the University’s fundraising effort, Campaign McGill: History in the Making. This donation—the largest to the Faculty since its founding—will fortify teaching, research, scholarly collaboration and outreach related to the study of comparative religion and interfaith dialogue. Read more here.

Watch the video about the donors and their motivation for making this gift

Member of School Advisory Board interviewed on CJAD

Anne Leahy, former Canadian Ambassador to the Holy See and member of the School Advisory Board, interviewed on the Aaron Rand Show, CJAD 800 AM Radio, concerning the Pope's retirement.


Catholicism and Canadian Liberalism. Colloquium with a response by the Right Honourable Paul Martin Jr., Former Prime Minister of Canada.
Wednesday, February 17, 2016, 4:00 p.m., Newman Centre, 3484 Peel Street.

CREOR sponsored book launch. Storming Zion: Government Raids on Religious Communities, by Stuart A. Wright & Susan J. Palmer.
Thursday, February 18, 2016, 12:00 noon, Birks Heritage Chapel.

Fernand Dumont: The Quest for a Quiet Revolution in Quebec Catholicism. Lecture by Gregory Baum.
Monday, February 22, 2016, 4:00 p.m., Birks Heritage Chapel.

CREOR sponsored lectures by Professor Hugh Urban, Department of Comparative Studies, Ohio State University.
Zorba the Buddha: Sexuality, Spirituality, and Capitalism in the Global Osho Movement.
Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 5:30 p.m., Birks Heritage Chapel
The Wall of Fire: Scientology and the Study of Religious Secrecy.
Thursday, March 17, 2016, 5:30 p.m., Birks Heritage Chapel

CREOR sponsored lecture by Professor Gauri Viswanathan, Department of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University.
Theosophy, Translation, and the Mediation of Hinduism.
Thursday, March 24, 2016, 5:30 p.m., Birks Heritage Chapel

Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas (SNTS) / Society for New Testament Studies annual meeting. August 2-5, 2016.

Please also refer to Lecture Series for more School of Religious Studies lectures.