The College of Arts and Sciences recognizes Tina Shepardson, associate professor of religious studies, and Micheline van Riemsdijk, associate professor of geography, as faculty trailblazers as part of Faculty Appreciation Week 2015.
Department of Religious Studies News
Amy-Jill Levine, University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School and College of Arts and Sciences, will speak about “Jesus the Jewish Storyteller: Hearing the Parables Anew.”
After graduating from UT on Saturday, Olivia Bradley will fly 7,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean and drive six hours through Uganda to start her career in a small East African town.
Deborah Dash Moore, director of the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan, will deliver a talk, “Urban Origins of American Judaism,” at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, November 10.
The Knoxville News Sentinel featured a story on the Siddiqi Lecture Series, a new, annual Islamic lecture series aimed at broadening public understanding of the religion. Sherman A. Jackson, a renowned professor and the director of University of Southern California’s Center for Islamic Thought, Culture and Practice, will deliver the inaugural lecture.
The Department of Religious Studies is launching a lecture series to help foster a greater understanding of Islam in East Tennessee, the Siddiqi Lecture in Islamic Studies.
“Divorce, Incest, and Adultery in the Bible and the Ancient Near East” will be discussed in a March 27 seminar sponsored by UT and the Knoxville Jewish Alliance. The seminar begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Arnstein Jewish Community Center and is free and open to the public. Erin Darby, assistant professor of religious studies, and Raphe Panitz, adult education coordinator at Heska Amuna Synagogue, will lead the seminar, which will explore divorce, incest, and adultery in the laws of ancient Israel and its neighbors and will compare these ancient laws to modern law in Tennessee.
Tsvi Kahana, associate professor of law at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, will give the Karen and Pace Robinson Lecture on Modern Israel on Tuesday, March 25. Kahana’s lecture, “Majestic Constitutionalism: The Israeli Version,” begins at 7:00 p.m. in Room 132 of the College of Law. A reception will follow. Both events are free and open to the public.
Author and professor Bron Taylor will discuss how a multifaceted trend of “dark green” religion is becoming a global movement at UT’s fourth annual David L. Dungan Memorial Lecture on Thursday, February 20. Taylor’s lecture, “Spirituality After Darwin: ‘Dark Green’ Nature Religion as Global Religious Movement,” is presented by the Issues Committee and co-sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies.
Before the Vols vs. Gamecocks football game on Saturday, fans are invited to hear some pre-Halloween ghost stories from Thailand, as part of the College of Arts and Science Pregame Showcase. “Haunted Bangkok: Angry Spirits, Buddhist Power, and Popular Media in Thailand,” features Rachelle Scott, associate professor of religious studies. The showcase kicks off at 10:01 a.m. in the University Center Ballroom.