On September 27 Victor Matthews, dean of the College of Humanities and Public Affairs, presented at the University of Tennessee’s Religious Studies 50th Anniversary lecture series. The topic of his lecture was “Space, Memory, and Conversation: From the Biblical World to the Classrooms of Today”. Drawing on his extensive body of literature, which encompasses both scholarly analysis and several textbooks, Dr. Matthews highlighted the role these important themes play in the biblical text and how they remain significant for instructing students in the contemporary Religious Studies classroom.
Dr. Pam Sailors, Associate Dean, recently returned from Greece where she attended The International Association for the Philosophy of Sports conference at the International Olympic Academy in Ancient Olympia. Her presentation was “Women in Sports: Double Consciousness, False Consciousness, and Autonomy”.
The 2016 Midwest Jewish Studies Association Conference was held this past weekend at Missouri State University, hosted by the MSU Department of Religious Studies. Midwest faculty members, students, and independent scholars presented a wide range of papers and participated in roundtable discussions on a variety of topics related to Judaism.
The plenary speaker, Dr. Lawrence Schiffman, Judge Abraham Lieberman Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University and Director of the Global Institute for Advanced Research in Jewish Studies, was introduced by MSU President Clif Smart and spoke on “The Bible and Its Interpretation in the Dead Sea Scrolls” to a standing-room only crowd.
Congratulations to Professor Aida Hass and Masters Student Christine Hannis!! Their research was presented at the National Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences in Denver, CO, last Spring, and was recently published in the International Review of Victimology academic journal. Professor Hass and Ms. Hannis embarked on a journey at the Greene County Jail in the Spring of 2015. This journey took them on a 4-month exploration of the dynamic relationship between criminal offending and crime victimization through the perspective and spoken words of female offenders at the Greene County Jail in Springfield, MO. Nearly 40 women were interviewed in a qualitative, in-depth, focus group setting. Findings from the study indicated a substantial overlap in lifestyle and risk behavior of female offenders who also identified as victims of crime.
Catherine Hoegeman, a Missouri State University assistant professor of sociology and anthropology and Dan Prater, director of the Drury University Center for Nonprofit Communication have completed a first-of-its-kind report on The Springfield Area Congregations Study. The study looks at traits and contributions of congregations in Greene and Christian counties. Hoegeman called the study a “high level, birds eye view” of congregations.
Dr. Bill Meadows (Sociology and Anthropology) served as the keynote speaker for the Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony at Laguna Pueblo, NM on July 29. The event was held to recognize Mr. Joseph R. Day Sr., a Laguna Code Talker who served with fourteen other natives from several tribes in a radio net in the Pacific Theater of WW II.
On September 4 Dr. Meadows reported on his research and findings on the Choctaw Code Talkers at the annual Choctaw Nation Fair in Tuskahoma, OK.
Dr. Meadows’ research, congressional testimony and publications contributed to the passage of the Code Talker Recognition Act of 2008, awarding Congressional Gold and Silver medals to each tribe and all Native Americans who served as code talkers.
September 2 at American Political Science Association meeting Ms. Lina Benabdallah, one of our former graduate students in the Master’s of Global Studies program, received a “Best Graduate Student Paper Award”. After earning her MGS degree, she taught for us in our Dalian, China program for a year. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Florida (where Ashley Leinweber earned her Ph.D.). Lina received her award for her paper on China-Africa relations.
Yesterday the Bear Battalion’s first leadership lab of the semester culminated with a re-patching ceremony. The Bear Battalion now proudly wears its new emblem!
The patch includes the famous Missouri State University bear logo. The bear is aptly described by the US Army Institute of Heraldry (who approved the design) as “a strong and powerful animal that commands respect due to its strength and ferocity, symbolizing the spirit of the warrior.” The five claw marks signify the five schools that make up The Bear Battalion: Missouri State University, College of the Ozarks, Evangel, Drury, and Southwest Baptist University.