Dr. Stephen Berkwitz, department head of Religious Studies, was recently interviewed by KSMU reporter Emily Yeap for the "Missouri State Journal". Dr. Berkwitz specializes in South Asian religion and culture and explains the practices and benefits of yoga and meditation for stress relief, as well as other applications. Listen to the interview on the KSMU website, … [Read more...] about Feeling Stressed? We Can Help!
by Dr. Vadim Putzu To celebrate the 100th anniversary of TMJ's passing and the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Johnson Library and Museum, which is a partner of MSU Libraries, I organized, in collaboration with Dean Peters and his staff, a two-day event. Plato’s supposed birthday (November 7) was our date of choice since on that day TMJ himself had organized … [Read more...] about Thomas Moore Johnson Symposium
Religious Studies is pleased to present Dr. Robert Jensen, Ph.D. in media law and ethics, from the University of Texas-Austin, as our guest speaker tonight, Friday, 4 October, in Glass Hall 102, on the topic, The Ethics of Pornography. Dr. Micki Pulleyking (MSU Religious Studies), will introduce our speaker with a brief talk, "What Is the Problem?" Dr. Jensen will give two … [Read more...] about The Ethics of Pornography
Dr. Matthew Kuiper of the Department of Religious Studies spoke last evening (May 16) at an interfaith Iftar (breaking of the fast during the Islamic month of Ramadan). The event was organized by the local Muslim community of Springfield, MO, Faith Voices, Ekklesia, Catholic Campus Ministries, and Interfaith Alliance of the Ozarks. Dr. Kuiper shared some personal reflections on … [Read more...] about Interfaith Iftar Features Religious Studies Professor
by Austra Reinis Dr. Austra Reinis and Dr. Magda Hayton took their REL 100 Introduction to Religion students on an evening field trip to Dinh Quang Buddhist Temple in NE Springfield on February 27. The students saw statues and paintings of a number of buddhas and bodhisattvas. The bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, they learned, spent a long lifetime alleviating the … [Read more...] about REL 100 and REL 338 Field Trips!