Everyone is invited to this free, public film screening of “A Question of Habit,” a full-length documentary film that examines visual images of Catholic nuns and sisters used in contemporary U.S. pop culture in contrast to actual religious women. The film looks at the nature, scope, and significance of these images, possible explanations for their increasing popularity, and the impact on our understanding of religious women. A discussion with filmmaker Bren Ortega Murphy will follow.
Great story this morning on KSMU by our Religious Studies major and KSMU intern, Samantha Nichols, on the Springfield Race and Faith Collaborative. The Collaborative is home to our Religious Studies interns, as well: Stacy Street last fall and Dizzy Hill this semester. Great job to all three students!
Samantha Nichols, a Religious Studies major at Missouri State University, is interning this semester at KSMU, our Ozarks Public Radio station (91.1 in Springfield), and her first story aired yesterday: “What’s in a name?”
Ms. Nichols has a background in public speaking and debate, and the writing and presentation skills gained through her Religious Studies courses will aid her in developing newsworthy articles.
What can we expect to hear about this spring? Ms. Nichols plans to explore the huge variety of religious organizations and people in the Ozarks, as well as national and global religious affairs that affect area communities.
Congratulations, Samantha, on being chosen KSMU’s intern, and we look forward to hearing more stories of religions in the Ozarks!
Everyone is invited to the first Spring 2014 meeting of our sister organization, LINKED, Missouri State’s Interfaith Dialogue & Service Club
Join Samantha Nichols and other students Tuesday, January 21, from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in PSU 312A for the first Spring 2014 meeting of LINKED, the new interfaith student organization devoted to service. Check out the flyer or the facebook page, for more information.
Welcome back, students! Intersession classes are being held this week, despite a slow start because of the weather. Hopefully the temperature will continue to rise this week.
And hopefully everyone is registered for their spring classes and excited to begin a new year and new semester! If you haven’t registered and need help, send an e-mail to your advisor or me ReligiousStudies@missouristate.edu.
We have several upper-level classes that might interest you: Modern Religious Thought (REL 332); Christianity (REL 340); Sexuality & American Religion (REL 346); Religions of China and Japan (REL 357); Women and Religion (REL 370); Religion, Media, and Popular Culture (REL 530); and Archaeology and the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible (REL 570).
Dr. Jim Moyer, Professor of Religious Studies and former Department Head, received the Governor’s Excellence in Teaching Award!
Dr. Moyer is well known for his love of teaching and love of students and his supplementary instruction (review sessions) outside of class. He is also known for rigorous classes, as well as his generous offer to go the extra mile to help each student succeed.