Dr. Craig Keener, Professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary, will speak at Missouri State University Thursday, February 5, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in Carrington 208 on “New Testament Miracles: Are They Historically Plausible?”
Dr. Leslie Baynes, Associate Professor in Religious Studies, will lead a study this winter on C. S. Lewis’ book, The Screwtape Letters, at First and Calvary Church (820 E. Cherry St., by the Missouri State campus), Room 020, on Wednesday evenings, 6:15-7:15 p.m., on 21 January and 4, 11, and 25 February.
The sessions are free and open to the public.
Dinner will be served from 5:00-6:00 p.m. before the study and there is no cost for college students!
Congratulations to Religious Studies major and Ozark Studies minor, Samantha Nichols, on being one of the six winners of the MSU Board of Governors Citizen Scholar Award, 2014-2015 Recipients! Attending the award breakfast on December 12, 2014, were the nominators of the winners, including Samantha’s nominator, Dr. Stephen Berkwitz, REL Department Head, as well as MSU President Clif Smart, the Board of Governors, Citizen Scholars’ guests, and others.
In the nomination, Dr. Berkwitz wrote, “I believe her contributions to the Department of Religious Studies and Missouri State University as a whole will still be felt long after she graduates. The projects and organizations that she has launched address important issues and challenges that face our community. She is an outstanding young woman whose tremendous stores of intellect, energy, and compassion enable her to make a positive difference on our campus and throughout the Springfield region.”
The Citizen Scholar Award was initiated in 2007 as a special Board of Governors program to recognize outstanding citizen scholars at Missouri State University for their stellar achievements with academics, community engagement, and leadership.
Religious Studies majors and minors are encouraged to apply for a spring 2015 internship with Ambassadors for Children, a service agency of the Council of Churches of the Ozarks, dedicated to supporting abused and neglected children and youth in our community.
Krista Dalton, a Religious Studies M.A. alumna and currently a Teaching Assistant and doctoral student at Columbia University, New York, NY, has just created an online academic web forum for the study of Ancient Judaism, www.AncientJewReview.com, with Nate Schumer (Columbia), and Simcha Gross (Yale).
Besides articles and resources, the site invites other scholars to collaborate with them. Check out their webpage, subscribe, and enjoy!
The College of Humanities and Public Affairs Scholarship Banquet, held on Tuesday, 14 October, was well-attended and a wonderful way to thank our scholarship donors and congratulate our scholarship winners.
Of note, a former student of Dr. Jim Moyer’s, former Missouri Governor Bob Holden, and Professor Emeritus Dr. LaMoine DeVries, attended the banquet. So great to see these friends again!
Religious Studies Assistant Professor Vadim Putzu will visit the MSU Philosophy Club this Thursday, 30 October, at 4:30 p.m. in Strong 003, to talk about “Is There a Jewish Philosophy?” Mr. Putzu’s research interests include Judaism, Jewish Philosophy, and Medieval and Early Modern Judaism. He teaches REL 101, World and Literature of the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible; REL 201, World Religions; and in the spring will teach a new course, REL 397, Jewish Philosophy. (So, I guess there really *is* a Jewish Philosophy!)
We have only one more week for the Missouri State University Public Affairs Stomp Out Hunger Shoe Drive on the MSU and area campuses!
Are old shoes cluttering your closets? Drop them off in Strong Hall atrium or Strong Hall 251! All shoes accepted, usable or otherwise, bring ‘em in to help feed and shoe people locally and around the globe!
Following Game Day, join the Religious Studies Club at Sequiota Park (3500 S. Lone Pine Ave., Springfield) on Sunday, 19 October, at 3:00 p.m. for hiking, games, and smores! Contact Trent if you need more info.