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February 26-28, 2014
International Conference: “Religious Genderings: The Socio-Spiritual [Dis-]Empowerment of Women and Men”
Rosemary Radford Ruether
Karma Lekshe Tsomo
The Religious Studies Department is sponsoring an interdisciplinary conference on “Religious Genderings: The Socio-Spiritual [Dis-]Empowerment of Women and Men” February 26-28, 2014. Plenary speakers include Rosemary Radford Ruether, Amina Wadud and Karma Lekshe Tsomo (pictured left). An international call for papers has been sent out inviting proposals (due November 15, 2013). Chapman students will also be invited to submit papers and those selected, will present their papers in a series of panels on Wednesday, February 26 in sessions co-sponsored by the Religious Studies Honor Society Theta Alpha Kappa.
March 13, 2014
Francis Memorial Lecture: "A Vision of Divine Justice: The Resurrection of Jesus in Eastern Christian Iconography," (more information coming soon!).
2013 Huntington Lecture
Professor of Comparative Religion and Philosophy, Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad, of Lancaster University, UK lectured on the popular South Indian devotional saint Andal, whose poetry provides rare but direct access to her self-expression as she describes what it feels like to be a young woman in the eighth century and her gendered self-understanding in her love for God. This popular saint’s poetry is still regularly recited during a month long annual festival in South India, and her image is found in a multitude of temples, including the South Indian Hindu Temple in Malibu Canyon.
Prof. Chakravarthi’s wider research interests include theories of the self and of consciousness (including neurophilosophical aspects of meditative states); theoretical possibilities offered in interpreting political and public religion in the world, outside the constraints of the modern liberal Western experience, especially through a comparative theological analysis of the politics of secularism; and comparative studies of Indian and Chinese philosophies. His most recent book is entitled Divine Self, Human Self: The Philosophy of Being in Two Gītā Commentaries (2013). Watch the lecture ...
Congratulations to Prof. Marilyn Harran!
Dr. Harran co-wrote with Leon Leyson and his wife Elisabeth, his memoir of surviving the Holocaust, entitled The Boy on the Wooden Box: How the Impossible Became Possible…on Schindler’s List. This best-selling memoir is already being lauded as a classic, compared to Anne Frank’s Diary, and is being translated into 17 languages, as a story that will become a staple in school curriculums throughout the world. It was an Amazon Best Books of the Month in August 2013 when it first came out and has received a starred review in Publishers’ Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, and Voya as well as rave reviews from readers on sites like Goodreads and Amazon and newspaper book reviewers around the world. “Only occasionally does a book come along that I can recommend to everyone I meet. This is one of those books,” wrote Angela Crocomb in her review. The writing and the story are compelling and will no doubt transform hearts and minds, embodying Prof. Harran’s deep commitment to Holocaust education. It is a truly great contribution, both to scholarship on the Holocaust and to people around the world who will read it for years to come!
Religious Studies names Outstanding Student in Religious Studies and Departmental Honors
On Thursday, May 2, 2013, during the Kugelman Awards Ceremony held in Beckman 404, the Religious Studies department awarded Cambria Findley-Grubb with the award for Outstanding Student in Religous Studies for the 2012-2013 school year. Cambria was also awarded Departmental Honors along with Anne Mellott and Jessica Anderson. To learn more about these amazing women, please visit our Honors and Clubs page that features full bios of the students.
Chapman's Theta Alpha Kappa induction ceremony held
On Friday, April 19, 2013, the Alpha Lambda Lambda Chapter at Chapman University's Theta Alpha Kappa held an induction ceremony for sixteen religious studies students. To be eligible for the Theta Alpha Kappa honor society, students must have taken 12 credits in religious studies or theology with a 3.5 GPA and an overall GPA of 3.0. Theta Alpha Kappa has over 300 local active chapters across the United States. The ceremony featured statements by Dr. Julye Bidmead, chapter President Cristina Smith, and Rev. Dr. Gail Stearns.
Free Will Conference at Chapman
The Wallace All Faiths Chapel at Chapman University, in conjunction with the Departments of Religious Studies, Philosophy, and Physics, presented The Experimental Metaphysics of Free Will: A New Interdisciplinary Dialogue, on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at the Fish Interfaith Center.
During this exciting collaborative event, we launched a new interdisciplinary dialogue focusing on issues of "free will" and "determinism." Throughout the day, top scholars addressed the challenges that the newest findings of quantum physics present for our understanding of free will, from the perspective of their particular disciplines and the world's religious traditions. Participants contributed to a roundtable discussion and a panel presentation on concepts of free will.
The afternoon session featuring Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi and Gurucharan Singh Khalsa (pictured right) was sponsored by the Religious Studies Department's Huntington Lectureship.
Student Multi-faith Leadership Conference
The Chapman Interfaith Council and Office of the Chapel invited students, campus staff and faculty to attend the Student Multi-faith Leadership Conference (SMLC). The daylong conference featured a variety of workshops and keynote speaker Najeeba Syeed-Miller, from the Claremont School of Theology. The conference took place, February 16, 2013.
Professor Nancy Martin gives lecture to Town & Gown
On February 7, 2013, Dr. Nancy Martin, associate professor and chair of the Department of Religious Studies, presented a guest lecture, An Uneasy Truce: Religion, Violence and the Pursuit of Peace, to Chapman University's Town and Gown luncheon. The lecture posed the questions, how then does religion seem so often to be implicated in violence and war, and what role has and can religion play not only in averting war but also in creating positive peace? The luncheon and guest lecture was attended by over 100 Town & Gown members. For information on future Town & Gown events, please visit the Town & Gown website.
Students travel to India
Dr. Phyllis Herman and Rev. Nancy Brink led a group of students to India over interterm 2013 for a course entitled REL 335a - Hinduism and Religions of India. The 17-day trip took place on January 7-24 with three days of on-campus lectures before they went off to India. The course focused on the study of the historical development of Hinduism and other religions in India through texts, practices, and worldviews. The students travelled throughout India including New Delhi and Jaipur.