Upcoming Events in the Department of Religious Studies:
Opportunity for students this summer!
Linked, Missouri State's Interfaith Dialogue and Service Club, is sending a group of students to the Interfaith Youth Core's Interfaith Leadership Institute in Chicago from August 10-August 12. We need to send a group of at least four to get a really great discount and, of course, the more students we send to represent the interfaith movement at Missouri State, the stronger our organization will be when the year begins. Thanks to a generous offer from United Ministries in Higher Education, the bulk of all costs will be covered. By generous I mean you pay $50 and chip in some gas money for a carpool with your tuition and lodging covered. We need another student and would love to see more students from Missouri State getting involved with Linked. Contact Samantha (Nichols011@live.missouristate.edu) to learn more about the ILI itself (it's amazing), Linked, and this opportunity!
Thank you to everyone who attended
Passages: Treasures of the Bible
LINKED, Missouri State's Interfaith Dialogue & Service Club, will resume in Fall 2014 -
see you then!
Check out the facebook page, for more information.
Previous Events Spring 2014:
Passages: Treasures of the Bible Field Trip! Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 3:00-6:00 p.m.
Students, faculty, staff, and guests visited the Passages Exhibit, which will continue to January 2015. Another visit in the fall semester is an option; more information to be posted then. For more about Passages, click here!
A Question of Habit Film Screening, May 5, 2014, 6:00 p.m. at Meyer Library
Interfaith Vigil Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 7:00 p.m. at National Avenue Christian Church
Students and communtiy members gathered to honor the victims of the hate crimes perpetrated in Kansas City and demonstrate the power of interfaith cooperation and compassion; sponsored by MSU's Linked and Hillel student organizations
Holocaust Remembrance Day Event with guest speaker Ken Elkins, MSU Religious Studies instructor
Friday, April 25, 2014, at 7:00 p.m., LINKED Interfaith Jeopardy!
Monday, April 21, 2014, at 7:00 p.m., Holocaust Remembrance Day Event
"Refuge: Stories of the Selfhelp Home" by Ethan Bensinger will be shown, followed by a discussion led by Mr. Ken Elkins, adjunct professor of Religious Studies at MSU.
Refuge is a one-hour documentary that reaches back more than 75 years to give a voice to the last generation of Central European, Jewish Holocaust survivors and refugees.
February 4, 2014: 5:00 p.m., "Liar? Lunatic? Lord?" Dr. Leslie Baynes discussed the use of scripture in C. S. Lewis' famous "Liar, Lunatic, or Lord?" argument. Sponsored by the MSU Philosophy Club.
Previous Events Fall 2013:
November 6, 2013: 7:00 p.m., A Woman's Glory: A Comparative Study of the Spiritual Experiences and Gendered Lives of Women in Two Pentecostal Communities in the USA and New Zealand
Guest lecturer Sherrema Bower, Ph.D. Candidate in Social Anthropology at the University of Otago, New Zealand and currently a Visiting Graduate Student at the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, gave a free public lecture in Strong Hall while here in Springfield doing research in the Flower Pentecostal Heritage Center archive and interviewing women in the Assemblies of God.
October 19, 2013: MSU Religious Studies Annual Students and Alumni Homecoming Potluck Dinner
October, 2013: Stomp Out Hunger: All-Collegiate Shoe Drive
MSU, in cooperation with Drury, OTC, Evangel, and SBU, benefiting Sole Food, a program of Friends Against Hunger. Students, faculty, staff, and friends dropped off used shoes to be reused/recycled and the money earned to provide food for needy families.
Thursday, 3 October 2013, 7:00 p.m., Righteous Rhetoric: Sex, Speech, and the New Christian Right
Guest lecturer Dr. Leslie Dorrough Smith, MSU Religious Studies alumna and Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Avila University, Kansas City, MO
Thursday, 3 October 2013, 3:30-5:00 p.m., Outward Adornment: (Ad)dressing Antebellum Protestants
MSU Religious Studies Professor Dr. Martha FInch presented her research as part of the College of Humanities and Public Affairs Research Forum
Tuesday, 1 October 2013, 12:00-1:30 p.m., Conversation with Dr. Gabriel Barkay
Thanks to everyone who attended our informal conversation with noted Israeli archaeologist, Dr. Gabriel Barkay, MSU Professor Dr. John Strong, and Evangel Professor Dr. Wave Nunnally.
Monday, 23 September 2013, 12:00-1:00 p.m, Campus Ministers Appreciation Luncheon
The Department of Religious Studies faculty and staff appreciate our Campus Ministers for all they do for our students and Missouri State University. Many thanks to our amazing caterer, Brenda Castaldo, as well as Bev Franklin and the staff at Catholic Campus Ministry for allowing us to use their facilities again this year.
Thursday, 22 August 2013, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Pizza with the Profs
Our new REL Graduate Program Director, Dr. Martha Finch, welcomes MSU Religious Studies graduate students and their guests with an informational meeting and free pizza!
Previous Events Spring 2013:
Tuesday, 26 February 2013, 7:00 p.m., guest speaker Eva Mozes Kor
Here's a brief video from Eva Mozes Kor's talk Tuesday night, 26 February, in McDonald Arena: Auschwitz Holocaust Survivor Speaks to Crowded House at MSU (thanks to Ashley Ketz at Missouri State University and for OzarksFirst.com for posting this!) And to hear a radio show with MSU's Nicki Donnelson and Eva Mozes Kor, click here: Eva Mozes Kor Radio Show Part 1 and Eva Mozes Kor Radio Show Part 2.
Monday, 25 March 2013, 5:30 p.m., guest speaker Dr. Steven Ozment
Dr. Steven Ozment, MacLean Professor of Ancient and Modern History at Harvard University, presented a guest lecture on "Art in the Service of Religion and Belief: Cranach's Painting of Luther's Theology" Monday evening. Dr. Ozment is the author of ten books, most recently The Serpent and the Lamb: Cranach, Luther, and the Making of the Reformation, which tells the story of the German Renaissance and Reformation through the lives of two controversial men of the sixteenth century: the artist Lucas Cranach (the Serpent) and the reformer Martin Luther (the Lamb). Their collaborative successes merged art and religion into a revolutionary force that became the Protestant Reformation.
Tuesday, 2 April, 4:00 p.m. in Strong 205, guest speaker Dominiece Hoelyfield
Ms. Dominiece Hoelyfield, Career Resource Specialist from the Missouri State University Career Center, gave a presentation to Religious Studies students on "Wondering what you can do with a degree in Religious Studies?" Ms. Hoelyfield described careers and career paths specifically related to the field and included information on internships that students may pursue during college to facilitate their career goals. She suggested students contact the Career Center to find out more information: 417-836-5636, Carrington Hall 309, http://careercenter.missouristate.edu
Friday and Saturday, 5-6 April, at Drury University: Subverting the Norm II: Can Postmodern Theology Live in the Churches?
Free for faculty and students! Our very own senior instructor Dr. Micki Pulleyking and MSU Religious Studies M.A. alumni Krista Dalton, Matt Gallion, and Darryl Schafer, as well as MSU alumni Hal Brower and Rev. Dr. Phil Snider, will be participating in the panels. Please see http://subvertingthenorm.wordpress.com for more information.
Thursday, 11 April 2013, 1:30-2:45 p.m., Public Affairs Conference panel, "Inclusion, Excellence -- and Religion?"
Monday, 22 April 2013, 7:30 p.m., guest speaker Dr. Darren Grem
Dr. Darren Grem, Assistant Professor of History and Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi and the author of the forthcoming Corporate Revivals: A Business History of Born-Again America (which includes a section on Chick-fil-A and Christian capitalism), presented a talk Monday in Carrington 208 on "Of Chicken Sandwiches and the Christian Right: The World of Chick-fil-A." The event was well attended by students and members of the community, nearly filling Carrington Theater. The following day, Dr. Grem presented an informal talk on his current research on the Dust Bowl to Religious Studies graduate students and faculty.
Tuesday, 30 April 2013, 3:30-4:30 p.m., panel with Dr. John Schmalzbauer, Harrison King, and Sarah Riccardi
Dr. John Schmalzbauer, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, along with Graduate Assistants Harrison King and Sarah Riccardi, participated in a panel, "Be Bold, Be Brief, Be Witty, Be Seated: How to Present a Paper at an Academic Conference." The three discussed how to prepare for presenting papers at conferences in the Humanities and students from several disciplines attended the panel.
Friday, 17 May 2013, 2:30-4:00 p.m., Religious Studies Graduation Reception
Congratulations to all of our Religious Studies BA, BS, and MA graduates for Summer 2012, Fall 2012, and Spring 2013!