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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

nsfp-soar-become_a_leader

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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We Appreciate Our Campus Ministers!

by Jane Terry

MSU Campus Ministers and staff, Religious Studies faculty and staff, gather after a wonderful meal at the Catholic Campus Ministry's O'Reilly Student Center Wednesday, 16 September
MSU Campus Ministers and staff, Religious Studies faculty and staff, gather after a wonderful meal at the Catholic Campus Ministry’s O’Reilly Student Center Wednesday

Many thanks to our campus ministers at Missouri State University and especially to those who attended our luncheon Wednesday!  Hosted by the Catholic Campus Ministry and catered by Brenda Castaldo, our annual luncheon offers us a chance to connect with our campus ministers and their staff, keep everyone current on events and opportunities in our department and in the ministries, and to simply enjoy wonderful food and conversation together.

We look forward to another great year at Missouri State!

 

 

 

 

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Great Balls of Fire! Special Guest Dr. Michael Ward in September

by Jane Terry

Ward flyer FA15

The Department of Religious Studies is excited to announce that we will host a guest lecture by renowned C. S. Lewis scholar, Dr. Michael Ward!

“Great Balls of Fire: C. S. Lewis, Narnia, and Medieval Cosmology” will be Monday, 28 September 2015, at 7:00 p.m. in the Plaster Student Union Theater. This free lecture is open to students, faculty, staff, and the general public.

C.S. Lewis’s Narnia Chronicles are known to millions.  What is less well-known is the fact that Lewis was a medieval scholar and that he considered the seven planets of pre-Copernican cosmology to be “spiritual symbols of permanent value”.  Dr Michael Ward, author of the best-selling and award-winning study, Planet Narnia, discusses the medieval imaginative blueprint behind the Narnia series.

Dr Ward is a Fellow of Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford, and Professor of Apologetics at Houston Baptist University, Texas.  He is the author of Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis (Oxford University Press), co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to C.S. Lewis (Cambridge University Press), and presenter of the BBC television documentary, The Narnia Code.  On the fiftieth anniversary of Lewis’s death, 22nd November 2013, Dr Ward unveiled a permanent national memorial to him in Poets’ Corner, Westminster Abbey, London.

For parking:

Parking map

 

This event is sponsored by the College of Humanities and Public Affairs, the Department of Religious Studies, and First and Calvary Presbyterian Church

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Interested in the Peace Corps?

by Jane Terry

Peace Corps 1

Interested in joining the Peace Corps, or finding out about it? A Peace Corps representative, Joe Zucchini, will be on the MSU campus:

Tuesday, 1 September, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. in the Strong Hall atrium, information table
Wednesday, 2 September, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. in the PSU at the Community Fair
Wednesday, 2 September, 3:00 p.m. in Strong Hall room 407, information session

Joe shared some exciting news with us:

  1. The Peace Corps application is online and is MUCH shorter than the previous paper application. It will take less than one hour to complete!
  2. After completing the new online application, applicants can select the countries and programs to which they’d like to apply.

“Peace Corps service remains the most significant and profound life-changing experience a young college graduate or experienced professional could embark on,” explained Joe.  The Peace Corps also looks great on your resume, as well as the opportunity to meet new friends and professional contacts.

Can’t make any of the free sessions in September? Please contact Joe directly for more information.

Apply by 1 October 2015 to depart in 2016!

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