In the summer of 2015 we established a gift account for the Columbia University Seminar on Religion and Writing (#751).  Although our seminar’s basic expenses are covered by The University Seminars at Columbia University (, during the years we have relied on the generosity of foundations and organizations, such as the American Institute of Iranian Studies (AIIrS), to enhance the seminar’s program.  While we will continue to submit applications to foundations and other sources of academic funding in order to bring in speakers from outside the tristate area, any contribution to the gift account will be greatly appreciated.  All gifts to Columbia University as a contribution to Seminar #751 are tax-deductible; neither Columbia University nor The University Seminars will retain any portion of a gift as an operational charge.  Please note that due to COVID-19, donations to the Seminar’s gift account are for the time being only accepted through Columbia University’s secure online giving form ( during the first step, please choose the fund for the “University Seminars” and specify as honoree in the name field “Religion and Writing” (exactly written out like this).

Thank you for your consideration.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to write to us.

Elizabeth Powers, co-chair
Independent Scholar
elizabethmpowers [at]

Dagmar A. Riedel, co-chair
Columbia University
dar2111 [at]

Anya B. Wilkening, rapporteur
Columbia University
abw2163 [at]


Last updated, 17 September 2020

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