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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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Upcoming Events!

by Jane Terry

Lots of events in the next few weeks of interest to Religious Studies (and all) students, as well as some events open to the community!

Next Monday, 13 April, 7:00 p.m., Imam Lahmudin Lahmuddin, of the Islamic Society of Joplin, will give a talk at South Street Christian Church, 500 South Avenue, Springfield and hosted by the Interfaith Alliance of the Ozarks, LINKED, and United Ministries in Higher Education:

Islam Presentation Flyer

Next week is “Better Together Week,” a series of events sponsored by MSU Student Club LINKED, the interfaith dialogue and service club. See their flyer for details:

Better Together Week

 

The Religious Studies Club will host an evening of pizza, career talks, and a video on Tuesday, 21 April, 5:30-7:30 in Strong 256 (student lounge in the Religious Studies Department):

RSC tulsa video flyer

 

Ecopalooza, an annual solar-powered concert that takes place on the North Mall of the Missouri State Campus, will be on Friday, 24 April, 11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. at Missouri State University. Join us for a day filled with live music, educational exhibits, games, and a lot of fun!  See the event’s Facebook page here!

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REL Major Chosen April 2015 Public Affairs Student Spotlight!

by Jane Terry

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Samantha Nichols, top right, creator of Linked, the MSU student organization for interfaith dialogue and service

 

Samantha Nichols, senior Religious Studies major, has been selected by the Office of Public Affairs as the April 2015 Public Affairs Student Spotlight.  Ms. Nichols, who created the student organization Linked, an interfaith dialogue and service group, has been active on and off campus organizing events to increase interfaith understanding and build community. After graduation in May she will pursue ordination at Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, IL. Congratulations, Samantha!

Click here to read the public affairs spotlight!

 

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