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Fall 2019

Section 1500 of HUMAN4.1
Western Humanities: Arts, Ideas, and Values -- : Aug 19 - Dec 11 2019
The above section has a required web component.

Section 1538 of RELS32
Religion in America -- : Aug 21 - Dec 11 2019

Summer 2019

Section 8520 of HUMAN8
Comparative Mythology -- : Jun 17 - Jul 24 2019

Spring 2019

Section 5453 of RELS1
Introduction to Religious Studies -- : Jan 15 - May 16 2019

Summer 2019

  • MTW 1:00pm-3:50pm, Humanities 8 (Comparative Mythology) section #8520 
  • I will be on medical leave for summer session. Sarah Whylly will be instructing this class and you won't see me. Please contact her with questions about the course. 

I will be on medical leave this summer. I will NOT be reading or responding to emails from M 5/27 to Sun 8/11. ALL emails recieved during my recovery period will be DELETED. If your email is important, please schedule it to be sent on or after M 8/12. I will simply be unable to manage email while recovering from surgery. Thank you for understanding.

Fall 2019 

  • MW 10:30-11:50, Humanities 4.1 (Western Humanities: Arts, Ideas, and Values) section #1500 Course Flyer
  • W 6:00pm-8:50pm, Religious Studies 32 (Religion in America) section #1538 Course Flyer
  • Office hours TBA, or by appointment. Phone or Skype appointments are an option if necessary.

Courses Offered at SRJC:

  • Religious Studies 1: Introduction to Religious Studies
  • Religious Studies 2: World Religions
  • Religious Studies 21: The Hebrew Bible
  • Religious Studies 22: Early Christian Literature
  • Religious Studies 32: Religion in America
  • Humanities 4.1: Western Humanities: Arts, Ideas, & Values (to the Renaissance)
  • Humanities 8: Comparative Mythology

NOTE: 

  • The best way to reach me is by email eschmidt@santarosa.edu 
  • Contact me ASAP if book costs for my courses exceed your budget. Budget should not limit your access to education. I can probably help.
  • Students of all races, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations, gender identities/presentation, immigration status, and abilities/disabilites are welcome in my classes.
  • Students enrolled in my classes: please email me with the name you go by & pronouns you use, if they don't match your enrollment records, so I can use the correct ones at the first class meeting. Sensitive information will be kept confidential. 
  • The ACLU has a page with Know Your Rights information.
  • PhD - ABD Religious Studies (with an emphasis in Ancient Mediterranean Studies) University of California, Santa Barbara
  • MTS, New Testament & Early Christianity, Harvard University
  • BA, Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

Academic Experience: 

  • 2013-present Adjunct Faculty, Santa Rosa Junior College
  • 2012-2013 Adjunct Faculty, California Lutheran University
  • 2010-2011 Teaching Associate, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • 2005-2012 Teaching Assistant, University of California, Santa Barbara

 

Courses Taught at SRJC:

  • Religious Studies 1: Introduction to Religious Studies
  • Religious Studies 2: World Religions
  • Religious Studies 21: The Hebrew Bible
  • Religious Studies 22: Early Christian Literature
  • Religious Studies 32: Religion in America
  • Humanities 4.1: Western Humanities: Arts, Ideas, & Values (to the Renaissance)
  • Humanities 8: Comparative Mythology

 

Courses taught at other institutions:

  • Introduction to Christianity
  • New Testament & Early Christianity
  • Academic Writing

Pronouns: she/her/hers

I was born and raised in Santa Rosa, where I watched too much Indiana Jones as a kid and went to Catholic high school. I developed an interest in really old things and religion. I think and teach about how people have experienced being human and roles religion plays in the human experience.

I am a Lifetime Member of the Girl Scouts, holding both Silver and Gold Awards. I performed with the Northern California Renaissance Faire for 10 years (prior to starting graduate school). I like science fiction, historical fiction, crime procedurals, and fantasy (both traditional and urban/paranormal) novels, film, and television.

 

NOTE:

  • The best way to reach me is by email eschmidt@santarosa.edu
  • Students enrolled in my classes: please email me with the name you go by & pronouns you use if they don't match your enrollment records, so I can use the correct ones at the first class meeting. Sensitive information will be kept confidential. 
  • Contact me ASAP if book costs for my courses exceed your budget. Budget should not limit your access to education. I can probably help.
  • Students of all races, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations, gender identities/presentation, immigration status, and abilities/disabilities are welcome in my classes.
  • The ACLU has a page with Know Your Rights information.

Professional Areas of Interest: 

  • Religions in the Roman Empire (Greco-Roman Traditions, Christianity, and Judaism)
  • Archaeology of Religion
  • Space & Material Culture
  • Religious Identity
  • Politics of Religion and Empire

Professional Involvement and Community Service: 

  • 2014-present Westar Institute
  • 2009-present American Academy of Religion
  • 2009-present Society for Ancient Mediterranean Religions
  • 2003-present Society of Biblical Literature

Presentations and Publications: 

PUBLICATIONS

2017  “Secrecy, Stories, and Boundaries” In Fabricating Identities, ed. Russell T. McCutcheon (Sheffield: Equinox, 2017), 89-94

2010 “The Flavian Triumph and the Arch of Titus: The Jewish God in Flavian Rome.” UC Santa Barbara: Ancient Borderlands Research Focus Group. Permanent link: http://escholarship.org/uc/item/9xw0k5kh

 

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

2014 "Shaping Jerusalem, Shaping Identity: Herod, the Flavians, and the Gospel of Mark." Westar Institute Spring 2014 Meeting: Archaeology: Rewriting Early Christian History, 21 March 2014.

 

2012 "Herod's Edifice Complex." Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, 18 November, 201

 

2011 "Ritual and Architecture in Flavian Rome: The Shaping of Imperial Image" UCSB Productive Geographies Interdisciplinary Humanities Center Graduate Conference, 29 April 2011

 

2010 "Presence and Absence: Flavian Propaganda and the Destruction of the Jewish Temple." Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, 23 November 2010

 

2010 "The Flavian Triumph and the Arch of Titus: The Jewish God in Rome." UCSB Ancient Borderlands International Graduate Student Conference: Beyond Borders: Ancient Societies and their Conceptual Frontiers, 16 April 2010

 

2007 "The Res Gestae Divi Augusti as Monument." Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, 17 November 2007