The MSU Graduate College recently awarded the Distinguished Thesis Award in the Humanities to Mr. Riley Brown, who graduated in spring 2022 with a Master's Degree in Religious Studies. Riley’s thesis is called “A Nation of Priests: Authority, Expertise, and the Religious Nones,” and he argues therein that the religiously unaffiliated are akin to self-appointed experts in … [Read more...] about Religious Studies Graduate Wins Distinguished Thesis Award!
Dr. Victor Matthews, Professor of Religious Studies, Dean of the College of Humanities and Public Affairs, and thesis advisor and teacher par excellence, announced that he will retire from Missouri State University in June 2023. While we congratulate him on his retirement after an outstanding career at MSU, we also know how much he will be missed. Many, many students … [Read more...] about Dr. Victor Matthews Announces Retirement
Professor Stephen Berkwitz, Religious Studies Department Head, traveled to Seoul, South Korea recently to present a paper at the 19th Congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies, which was held at Seoul National University. He spoke on medieval Buddhist histories of the Bodhi Tree. He also found time to explore South Korea, including the Bongeunsa Buddhist … [Read more...] about Stephen Berkwitz Presents in South Korea
The Missouri State Library's blog, Library Notes, announced a Virtual Author Event coming up on Wednesday, 2 February, at 7:00 p.m. Two professors from Missouri State, Dr. Etta Madden (English Department) and our very own Dr. John Schmalzbauer (Religious Studies) will join Margaret Sullivan, author of several books including Fragments from a Mobile Life (2019 Red Mountain … [Read more...] about Virtual Author Event Coming 7 February 2022 with Author Margaret Sullivan
This post is brazenly borrowed from the MSU Office of Strategic Communications Blog: December 6, 2021 by Strategic Communication If peace on Earth and goodwill toward men is the goal this holiday season, Missouri State University’s Dr. John Schmalzbauer believes it starts with displaying tolerance, acceptance and inclusion. That includes recognizing … [Read more...] about Holiday Hospitality and John Schmalzbauer