While in Sri Lanka this summer, Professor Stephen C. Berkwitz presented a copy of his book, Buddhist Poetry and Colonialism, to Mr. Herbert Kumar Alagiyawanna, a living descendent of the poet Alagiyavanna, who is the subject of Professor Berkwitz's book. Mr. Alagiyawanna, a journalist and author in Sri Lanka, assisted him with his research by sharing the oral history of the … [Read more...] about REL Professor Presents Book to Poet’s Descendent
Archives for August 2013
by Jane Terry Everyone is invited to join the Unity March on Wednesday, 28 August, 7:30-9:00 p.m. from the MLK Bridge to Park Central Square. This event, one of the many events nationally on Wednesday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech, is presented by the Greater Springfield Race & Faith … [Read more...] about MLK Unity March Wednesday!
Religious Studies faculty member John Schmalzbauer was quoted extensively in the July 10, 2013 issue of the Christian Century. With a circulation of 36,000, the Century has long been the unofficial voice of mainline Protestantism in the United States. In his Editor’s Desk column, Christian Century publisher John Buchanan referenced Schmalzbauer’s article on the … [Read more...] about Religious Studies Professor Featured in “Christian Century”
by Stephen C. Berkwitz Prof. Stephen C. Berkwitz gave a presentation and led a seminar in June 2013 at the invitation of the Material Text Cultures Research Group at the University of Heidelberg in Germany. He presented research he has done on palm leaf manuscripts from Sri Lanka to a groups of faculty and graduate students. His presentation "The Contingencies and … [Read more...] about REL Professor Presents Research at University of Heidelberg
by Jane Terry As you can see in the picture, I have straightened my desk in the Religious Studies office and am ready for the Fall 2013 semester! The Religious Studies faculty have planned a great roster of courses and we are all excited about meeting new students, seeing old students return, and embarking on a semester of learning about religions. Students are … [Read more...] about Fall 2013 Semester Coming Soon!