RS Graduation Reception, 2018

Reception pictures:


Outstanding Student Award:

Lehnen Chaumette-Brown

Gillian Allen


Eric Freed Peace and Justice Award:

Kelly Fortner


Event – Buddhist Scholar and Translator Bill Porter (Red Pine)

Buddhist Scholar and Translator Bill Porter (Red Pine)


Monday Jan 22, 2018 from 7 to 9pm
HSU Religious Studies Program, Founder’s Hall, Room 111

AND Sunday Jan 21, 2018: Trillium Dance Studio in Arcata with the Arcata Zen. Group Meditation starts at 8 am. Lecture begins at 9:20 am. Everyone is welcome.

Spending time alone, usually in the mountains, has been an essential part of three major spiritual traditions in China from their very beginning and this tradition continues today. Bill Porter (Red Pine) will offer a slide presentation and talk about the Chinese Hermit tradition. This talk is based on his book Road to Heaven: Encounters with Chinese Hermits, which has been translated into Chinese and has become a best-seller in China.

Bill Porter (Red Pine) is a scholar and well-known translator of Chinese Buddhist poetry and Buddhist texts. He has given talks at major universities in the US, England and Germany on Chinese history, culture, poetry, and religion. His translations of Buddhist texts have been honored with a number of awards, including two NEA translation fellowships, a PEN translation award, the inaugural Asian Literature Award of the American Literary Translators Association, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Sponsored by the Arcata Zen Group, Humboldt State University Religious Studies, Northtown Books & All Under Heaven


Flyer: Bill Porter Poster

Event – Understanding Islam, Feb. 12th 2017

Understanding Islam: A Community Conversation will be a held at First Presbyterian Church, 2-4 PM, at 819 15th St., Eureka, CA. All are welcome!


Rev. Molly Cate

Imam Emran Essa

Members of the local Muslim Community

The event will be facilitated by Rabbi Naomi Steinberg and is sponsored by the Eureka Interfaith Fellowship.


Event – Understanding Islam

Understanding Islam – A Community Conversation 

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Kate Buchanan Room, UC 225

6-8 PM

All are welcome!


Religious Studies Department, Humboldt State University


Leena Dallasheh, Department of History

William Herbrechtsmeier, Department of Religious Studies

Saeed Mortazavi, Department of Business

Event – Documentary Screening

The Religious Studies Department is holding an event on the evening of Tuesday, September 6, from 6:00-9:00, in the KBR (on the HSU campus, below the clock tower).

We’ll be screening the feature documentary Oriented, a film about three gay Palestinian men living in Tel Aviv. The film will address questions of gender, sexuality, queer politics, religion, and nationality, among other things, and the discussion to follow the film should be a lively one.

This event is free and open to the public, and is being offered to correspond with, and in support of, Humboldt Pride Week.

RS Flyer: Oriented Flyer 9.6.2016 (1)

Oriented Website:

Oriented Trailer:



Religious Studies Graduation Reception, 2016

Here are some pictures from our Religious Studies graduation reception–on May 14th, 2016 at Larson Park in Arcata, CA. Congratulations to all our wonderful students! And a special mention to our student award winners:

Eric Freed Peace & Justice Award – Andrew Perera

Outstanding Student Award – Zoe Thurman & Cade Strickland