Friday, May 21, 2010

Call for Papers: Journal of Religious & Theological Information

Next deadline: July 1, 2010

The Journal of Religious & Theological Information invites submissions for its Fall 2010 issue. JRTI is a peer reviewed journal published by Routledge and focused on the selection, organization, dissemination, digitization, and preservation of information within the context of religious studies and related fields. By "information" we refer to both print and electronic, and both published and unpublished information (e.g., archives and special collections). JRTI is pluralistic in scope, and encourages submissions from a variety of religious perspectives, including Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, and indigenous religious traditions.

For more details see

Volume 8 (3/4), to be published early this summer, will include the following articles:

· Library Instruction, Intervention and Immersion: A Five-Year Study of Religion and the Arts

· Pursuing wisdom: an investigation of the relationship between some ancient religious concepts of wisdom and current notions of critical thinking within information literacy

· Researching American Indian Revitalization Movements

· Dipping into a shallow pool or beginning a deeper conversation: A case study of a minister’s engagement with the Internet for preaching

· The Curious Collection of Mr. Hyde: The World of Western Esotericism

JRTI is available full text in Ebsco's Academic Search Complete and in Informaworld. It is indexed selectively in ATLA Religion Database; Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA); Ebsco's Academic Search Premier; and America: History and Life.

Send queries, ideas, and manuscripts to Mark Stover, JRTI Editor, at

Mark Stover, Ph.D.
Editor, Journal of Religious & Theological Information
San Diego State University Library
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-8050
Voice: (619) 594-2131
Fax: (619) 594-2700

Monday, May 10, 2010

David Biale: "Not in the Heavens: The Tradition of Jewish Secular Thought"

The UCSC Center for Jewish Studies presents David Biale, the Emanuel Ringelblum Professor of Jewish History at the University of California, Davis, will deliver a public lecture entitled: “Not in the Heavens: The Tradition of Jewish Secular Thought.” Professor Biale will discuss Zionism as a movement of Jewish secularism and its roots in the tradition of Jewish secular thought going back to Spinoza.

David Biale was educated at Harvard University, UC Berkeley, the Hebrew University and UCLA, where he received his PhD in History. From 1986 to 1999, he served as Koret Professor of Jewish History and Director of the Center for Jewish Studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. During the same period he also served as adjunct professor in the Departments of Near Eastern Studies and History at UC Berkeley. In 1999, he was appointed Emanuel Ringelblum Professor of Jewish History in the Department of History of University of California Davis. He has also been visiting professor at UC Santa Cruz, UCLA, Haifa University and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lady Davis Foundation, the National Endowment of the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies and the Social Science Resesarch council.

Monday, May 10, 2010 - 5:00-6:00
Cowell 131, UC Santa Cruz

Friday, May 7, 2010

Jewish Review of Books

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