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Only one more week for Stomp Out Hunger!

by Jane Terry

Stomp Out Hunger All-Collegiate Shoe Drive through October!

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!

See MSU’s Public Affairs website for more info. Thanks for caring!  #MoStatePA


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Homecoming This Week!

by Jane Terry

Some great events coming this weekend!  

Homecoming is Saturday, 18 October, for all current, former, and future MSU students, faculty, and staff!  Check out their MSU Homecoming Facebook page for more info. #BearsHomecoming

Be sure to join us Saturday night for our 9th Annual Religious Studies Student and Alumni Homecoming Potluck Dinner!

During Homecoming at Bearfest Village, join with the Students for a Sustainable Future to win the National Game Day Recycling Challenge!  #MSUEnergyMonster

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.

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LOGOS Accepting Student Papers for Publication

LOGOS: A Journal of Undergraduate Research

Now Accepting Submissions from Undergraduate Students in all Academic Disciplines

logoscoverLOGOS is an annual publication developed and edited by students in Missouri State University’s Honors College. Each volume features academic scholarship and artistry produced by undergraduate students and selected in a double-blind, peer reviewed process.

LOGOS is directed by a student Editorial Board that includes a chief editor, a lead associate editor, and associate editors selected from the Honors College. The Editorial Board is led by a managing editor who oversees the administrative production of the journal. The editors are also mentored and supported by a Faculty Advisory Board, which currently includes:

  • Dr. John Chuchiak, Director of the Honors College and Professor of Colonial Latin American History
  • Tracy Dalton, Senior Instructor of English
  • Dr. Joshua Smith, Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences.

LOGOS was established and first published in 2008. There are now over 2,000 copies in public circulation.

Visit the LOGOS website for more information.

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Upcoming Visit to the Passages Exhibit!

by Jane Terry

Codex Climaci Rescriptus, 6th – 9th century AD. The Codex Climaci Rescriptus is a palimpsest—a manuscript from which  the text has been scraped away or washed off, and the pages used again. Underneath the top layer of writing, which contains a 9th-century monastic text in Syriac, are portions of ancient Biblical manuscripts written in 6th-7th century Greek and  6th-century Christian Palestinian Aramaic. This manuscript, based on an original text which may date from the 4th century,  is the world’s largest corpus of Christian Palestinian Aramaic, the dialect that would have been closest to Jesus’  household language.
Codex Climaci Rescriptus, 6th – 9th century AD.

We are planning another visit to the Passages Exhibit!  All MSU Religious Studies majors, minors, and graduate students are invited to attend on Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 3:30-6:00 p.m., and GET IN FREE!  The department will pay your entrance fee.

Please RSVP to: Jane Terry, 836-5514, if you plan to attend.  Click here for the flyer.


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Danforth Center on Religion and Politics Fall 2014 Schedule!

by Jane Terry


First in the Fall 2014 Film Series at the Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University, St. Louis, MO
First in the Fall 2014 Film Series at the Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University, St. Louis, MO

The Fall 2014 schedule of events at the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics is available!

“Divided We Fall: Americans in the Aftermath” begins the series with a film screening and discussion with filmmakers Valarie Kaur and Sharat Raju on 9 September, 2014, 6-8 p.m. in Emerson Auditorium, Washington University in St. Louis.

For the fall schedule, see Danforth Center Fall 2014 Events

For more information or to RSVP for events, contact rap@wustl.edu, 314-935-9345, or see www.rap.wustl.edu

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The Ethical Citizen – Can You Make a Difference?

by Jane Terry

Early notice: “The Ethical Citizen – Can You Make a Difference?” is the theme of this year’s Public Affairs Week at Missouri State University, to be held 15-19 September on campus.  This annual event is developed by and for MSU students; everyone is invited to attend: students, staff, faculty, and the Springfield area community.

Among the many talks and presentations are two special events: a voter registration drive and a hunger banquet.

The full schedule of events can be found here: http://publicaffairs.missouristate.edu/paw/Schedule.htm

Early early notice: we will reprise our hugely successful Stomp Out Hunger Shoe Drive again this year! We’ll begin 1 October, so start gathering shoes now!

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Free Public Lecture September 4

by Jane Terry

Dr. Ethan Kleinberg

Free public lecture, “Not Yet Marrano: Levinas, Derrida and the Ontology of ‘Being Jewish'” on Thursday, September 4, at 4:00 p.m. in Meyer Library 101 with Dr. Ethan Kleinberg, Professor of History and Letters at Wesleyan University.

Professor Kleinberg will examine the ways that French philosophers Emmanuel Levinas and Jacques Derrida each confront the issue of Jewish identity in relation to their own philosophical work and also in relation to their respective historical contexts.  He will also raise issues concerning current notions of identity and identity construction.

Professor Kleinberg’s scholarly work crosses the fields of history, philosophy, comparative literature and religion.  He is the author of Generation Existential: Martin Heidegger’s Philosophy in France, 1927-1961, which was awarded the 2006 Morris D. Forkosch prize for the best book in intellectual history, by the Journal of the History of Ideas.

This talk is brought to you by MSU and the Workshop for Critical Inquiry.

For more information, contact Ralph Shain at RShain@MissouriState.edu



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Summer: going, going…

by Jane Terry


Only a few more days before classes begin! We are excited about the upcoming semester and are looking forward to seeing our students – old and new.

If you still haven’t registered for classes, or you have any questions, please feel free to contact me (JaneTerry@missouristate.edu) and we’ll help.

We have many exciting activities planned for the semester, including our annual Homecoming party on October 18, 5:00-8:00 p.m.  Mark your calendars now!  We’ll post more information later.

And everyone is welcome to stop by the office (Strong 251) anytime to visit with our faculty or just hang out in the student lounge (Strong 256).

See everyone soon!

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