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MJSA Conference Call for Papers!

by Jane Terry

MJSA logo

All interested scholars and professionals of Jewish Studies, including advanced graduate students, are cordially invited to submit proposals for papers, presentations, and workshops for the Midwest Jewish Studies Association (MJSA) 28th Annual Conference, hosted by the Missouri State University Religious Studies Department, to take place Sunday-Monday, September 11-12, 2016 at Missouri State University.

The deadline for submission of proposals for individual papers or complete sessions is May 6, 2016.

For more information, see the flyer, or contact Dr. Vadim Putzu, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at MSU.

 

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Did You Know…?

by Jane Terry

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Did you know that the Department of Religious Studies offers internships for REL majors and minors?

We have several internships available for the summer 2016 and fall 2016 semesters!

Like to talk? Check out our KSMU Radio “Religion Beat” internship (application deadline is April 22, 2016), available for the summer or the fall.

Prefer to work with children or youth? We have two internship opportunities for you! The Ambassadors for Children internship (application deadline is May 2, 2016), is open for either summer or fall; an internship at Brentwood Christian Church (application deadline TBD), is available in the fall semester only.

What if feeding people is more your style? Our Friends Against Hunger/Sole Food Project (application deadline is May 2, 2016), fall semester only, invites you to intern with us!

Details and links for all of these are on our Religious Studies Internships page, or contact Lora Hobbs if you have questions.

 

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WineWorld: Movie and Wine Tasting Event!

by Jane Terry

WineWorld flyer

WineWorld: An Evening of Watching, Tasting, and Learning will take place on Thursday, 21 April 2016, beginning at 6:00 p.m. in Missouri State University’s Meyer Library 107!  Join Dr. Vadim Putzu, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, as he introduces, screens, and discusses the award-winning movie about the globalization of wine, Mondovino (Jonathan Nossiter, 2004).

Afterwards, Dr. Putzu and Mr. Aaron Rosenboom, of Brown Derby International, will host an Old World- vs. New World-style wine tasting, including some of the wines featured in the movie.

MSU students, faculty, staff, and their families are invited to attend this event.  Tickets are $15 per person (21+ only), and may be purchased at the MSU Religious Studies Department in Strong Hall 251, M-F, 7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Seats are limited and IDs will be checked at the door.

Questions? Contact Dr. Vadim Putzu or call 417-836-5514, or visit the Religious Studies Events page.

Hope to see you there!

 

 

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Still Seats Available for Study Away in England!

by Jane Terry

The Kilns at Oxford, the home of C. S. and Joy Lewis
The Kilns at Oxford, the home of C. S. and Joy Lewis

There are still seats available for the Study Away program in England with Dr. Leslie Baynes!

May 20-27, 2016, travel with Dr. Baynes and fellow Anglophiles to Oxford, England, the visit the home of Joy Davidman and C.S. (Jack) Lewis, friend of J.R. R. Tolkien and the author of The Chronicles of Narnia, Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, and many, many more books, articles, and radio shows.

Explore the writings and world of Lewis and Davidman, his late-in-life wife, focusing on the eternal themes of love and loss from literary, theological, and historical perspectives. Visit Jack and Joy’s Oxford home, the Kilns, tour the university where Lewis taught, see his memorial in Westminster Abbey, and visit Churchill’s War Rooms at the Imperial War Museum in London.

Where can you learn more about this fabulous opportunity?  Visit REL Study Away England or contact Dr. Leslie Baynes, (417) 836-5491, Strong Hall 271 on the Missouri State University campus.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

by Jane Terry

Bill Watterson's Calvin and Hobbes
Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes

Happy Thanksgiving!  We are truly thankful for our students, faculty, and staff here at Missouri State University.  May everyone have a wonderful break, plenty of family, friends, and food, and maybe enjoy some fun reading!

Our Religious Studies office will be closed all week, Monday-Friday, 23-27 November, and look forward to seeing everyone on Monday, 30 November.

 

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Still Looking for Spring Classes?

by Jane Terry

REL 312-001 SP16

 

REL 332 SP16

 

Need upper-level undergraduate courses to fill out your spring 2016 schedule?  Here are two options:

Religion 312-001, The Hebrew Prophets; and Religion 332-301, Modern Religious Thought.

REL 312 counts for the area “Biblical Studies,” and is a survey of the prophetic literature of ancient Israel in its social and historical contexts.

REL 332 is in the area “Religion and Culture,” and examines the ways modernity impacted the philosophy of religion in Europe and North America in the twentieth century. Major movements studied may include: Existentialism (Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Tillich); Process Thought (Whitehead); Feminism (Ruether, Daly); Deconstruction (Derrida, Caputo); and African American thought (King, Cone).

Contact either professor for more information! John Strong (Hebrew Prophets), and Kathy Pulley (Modern Religious Thought).

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Spring Registration – So Many Choices!

by Jane Terry

REL 330-001 SP16
REL 330-001, Judaism

 

REL 530-635 SP16
REL 530-001 and 635-001, Religion, Media, and Popular Culture

It’s like being a kid in a candy shop – so many great choices for the spring 2016 semester, so little time to take all the ones you want!

Here are two more of our courses offered in the spring 2016 semester: Religion 330-001, Judaism; and Religion 530-001 / 635-001, Religion, Media, and Popular Culture.

REL 330 counts for the area “Religions of Europe and the Middle East,” and is a survey of the history and religion of the Jewish peoples, including the Holocaust, the State of Israel, and modern Jewish movements.

REL 530 (undergraduate level) and 635 (graduate level) are in the area “Religion and Culture,” and explore a range of religions within American culture.

Contact either professor for more information! Vadim Putzu (Judaism), John Schmalzbauer (Religion, Media, and Popular Culture)

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Register for Spring 2016 Courses!

by Jane Terry

397-001 SP16


Yoga and meditation traditions

Registration for the spring 2016 semester has begun and the Department of Religious Studies is offering a great selection of courses for all levels!  Two of our new courses are:

Religion and Food, REL 397-001, TR at 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m., taught by Dr. Martha Finch

Yoga and the Meditation Tradition, REL 397-002, MWF at 9:05-9:55 a.m., taught by Dr. Stephen Berkwitz

Feel free to contact either Dr. Finch or Dr. Berkwitz if you are interested in one (or both!) of these courses!

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Dr. Vadim Putzu to Present at Symposium of Jewish Civilization

by Jane Terry

Dr. Vadim Putzu
Dr. Vadim Putzu

 

Dr. Vadim Putzu, Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Missouri State University, will present at the upcoming 28th Annual Symposium of Jewish Civilization, 25-26 October in Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska.  Dr. Putzu’s paper, “Tasting Heaven: Wine and the World to Come from the Talmud to Safed,” will be presented on Sunday at the Omaha Jewish Community Center.  Dr. Putzu’s research interests include Jewish mysticism and the Kabbalah, philosophy, and science fiction and religion.

The symposium’s theme this year is “olam ha-zeh v’olam ha-ba: This World and the World to Come in Jewish Belief and Practice.”  More information may be found at here.

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Make Money as a SOAR Leader Next Summer!

by Jane Terry

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In the market for a job next summer that pays well, offers free room and board, provides valuable experience for your resume, is fun and filled with friends, PLUS you get a free t-shirt???!!!  Look no further!

Become a SOAR Leader!

Attend an information session either:

Monday, October 19, 5:30 p.m. in Karls Hall 102

or:

Tuesday, October 20, 8:00 p.m. in Meyer Library 101

Visit the SOAR Leader website here for more information on benefits, requirements, and an application!

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