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Mrs. Elisabeth tenZythoff, 1923-2015

by Jane Terry

Mrs. Elisabeth tenZythoff, widow of Professor Gerrit tenZythoff, the founder of Missouri State University's Religious Studies Department
Mrs. Elisabeth tenZythoff, widow of Professor Gerrit tenZythoff, the founder of Missouri State University’s Religious Studies Department

It is with sadness that we announce that Mrs. Elisabeth tenZythoff, widow of Professor Gerrit tenZythoff (founder of our MSU Religious Studies Department), passed away at the age of 92 on Friday, July 24. There is a graveside service planned for Wed. July 29, at Greenlawn North Cemetery in Springfield at 10:00 AM. Her memorial service will be held in Fort Worth, TX the following week.

It is worth noting that in lieu of flowers, her family has requested that memorial donations be sent to the Gerrit and Elisabeth tenZythoff Religious Studies Scholarship.

The Springfield News-Leader has her obituary.

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Religious Studies Head Attends Conferences in England and Germany

by Jane Terry

Professor Steve Berkwitz, new Department Head
Professor Steve Berkwitz, Religious Studies Department Head

 

Dr. Steve Berkwitz, Religious Studies Department Head, escaped the heat and humidity of the Ozarks earlier this summer and traveled to conferences in England and Germany.

The first was a two-day conference at King’s College in London that continued a collaborative project dedicated to rethinking the tradition of Theravada Buddhism. Dr. Berkwitz joined Christoph Emmrich for a session titled, “Intercultural Translation and Interlingual Practice.” This conference was sandwiched by two other one day events of related symposia on Burma and Cambodia.

The second conference was a smaller gathering at Ruhr-Universität Bochum on “Textual and Visual Dialogues Between Religions in South Asia.” Dr. Berkwitz’s talk, “To Protect and Praise the King: Gods in Sinhala Sandesha Poetry,” investigated further his interests in religion, power, and South Asian poetry.

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New Courses for Fall 2015!

by Jane Terry

Along with our Gen Ed and favorite courses being offered in the fall semester, we have two new courses:

REL 397-001 FA15 : Death, Dying, and the Afterlife with Dr. Austra Reinis on Tuesdays/Thursdays, 12:30-1:45 p.m.

REL 530-635-301 FA15 : (REL 530 for undergrads, REL 635 for graduate students): Women, Violence, and Religion: Are Faith Communities Wounding or Healing? with Dr. Kathy Pulley on Mondays, 5:30-8:20 p.m.

Interested in these or any of our other courses? Feel free to contact the department for more information and how to enroll!

 

 

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Call for Papers for the SWCRS Meeting in March, 2016!

by Jane Terry

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The Southwest Commission on Religious Studies

has posted its

Call for Papers for the 2016 Meeting

In most cases the deadline for paper proposals is October 15, 2015.

The annual meeting will be held

March 11-13, 2016

at the Marriott Hotel, DFW Airport North in Irving, Texas.

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

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Leslie Baynes Highlighted in the Missouri State News!

by Jane Terry

Dr. Leslie Baynes, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Missouri State University
Dr. Leslie Baynes, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Missouri State University

Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Dr. Leslie Baynes, was highlighted recently in the Missouri State News!  The article includes an interview with Professor Baynes about her stay at the Kilns, the home of C. S. Lewis (author of The Chronicles of Narnia, among other books) as part of her activities during her sabbatical.

Click here for the story and interview!

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Finals and Graduation This Week!

by Jane Terry

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To all Religious Studies students: Good luck on your finals this week!

To all Religious Studies majors and graduate students who are graduating this semester, or graduated in summer and fall 2014: You are invited to attend our Religious Studies Graduation Reception this Friday, 15 May, 8:00 a.m., in the Religious Studies office Strong 251. Family and friends are welcome to attend. Our faculty are excited to congratulate you on your accomplishments and look forward to meeting your guests. Congratulations!!!

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Jim Moyer Retirement Reception and Dinner!

by Jane Terry

Jim Moyer Retirement Reception

Everyone is invited to our retirement reception and appreciation dinner for Dr. Jim Moyer, Professor of Old Testament/Hebrew Bible and former Religious Studies Department Head!

The reception will be on Wednesday, 29 April, 4:00-5:30 in PSU Union Club (PSU 400). Free and open to the public. Stop in and wish Jim well on his retirement!

Our appreciation dinner will be Saturday, 6:30 p.m. in Kentwood Crystal Room. Please see the invitation for details, or contact Dr. Micki Pulleyking for more information or to RSVP.

 

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REL Department Head at Conference in Scotland

Dr. Stephen Berkwitz, Department Head in Religious Studies, giving a talk at the University of Edinburgh Divinity School, Scotland
Dr. Stephen Berkwitz, Department Head in Religious Studies, giving a talk at the University of Edinburgh Divinity School, Scotland

Stephen C. Berkwitz, Department Head of Religious Studies, recently presented two talks at the University of Edinburgh Divinity School. He gave a university lecture on Buddhism in modernity and then, on the following day, he gave a keynote lecture on vernacular religious culture in Sri Lanka at the 40th Annual Spalding Symposium on Indian Religions. The Spalding Symposium, which lasted three days, brought together scholars and a handful of graduate students from around the United Kingdom to present and discuss research being done on various aspects of Indian religions.

 

 

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