The Department of Religious Studies was once again recognized the the Missouri State University Office of Assessment for our new assessment strategies to gauge the success of students in our program – this time, our undergraduate program. Read the full article here!
Congratulations to Drs. Stan and Ruth Burgess on a recent Festschrift in their honor, co-edited by Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (AGTS) professor, Lois E. Olena, and Oral Roberts University professor, Eric Newberg! A reception was held for the Burgesses on Friday, 13 February, at AGTS, attended by several of MSU’s Religious Studies faculty.
Dr. Stan Burgess taught at Evangel University from 1959-1976, as well as at AGTS. He later taught at (now) MSU for 28 years and served as Department Head in Religious Studies.
Dr. Ruth Burgess taught at both Evangel University as professor of Education and in Psychology at the School of Teacher Education at (now) MSU.
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!)