Born and raised in the Mississippi Delta by sharecroppers, John O. Hodges was expected to work in the fields alongside his parents once he was old enough. His stepfather had different plans. Bargaining with the landowner, Hodges’s stepfather said he would do twice the work if Hodges could go to school, which resulted in a doctorate in religion and literature from the University of Chicago in 1980.
Department of Religious Studies News
Historian of religion Paula Fredriksen will focus on sin when she delivers the third annual David L. Dungan Memorial Lecture on Tuesday, February 19. The event, hosted by the Department of Religious Studies, begins at 7:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Fredriksen, the William Goodwin Aurelio Chair Emerita of the Appreciation of Scripture at Boston University, will discuss the topic of her most recent book, Sin: The Early History of an Idea.
Erin Darby, an assistant professor of religious studies, and Robert Darby, a lecturer in art history and classics, have spent the past three years excavating an archaeological site in southern Jordan. What they’ve found there, Robert Darby said, is “remarkable.” The epigrapher for the excavation—Chris Rollston, associate professor at Emmanuel Christian Seminary in Johnson City, TN—will be at UT on Tuesday, October 30, to talk about his work on a variety of archaeological projects with biblical ties.
Linguistics scholar Benjamin Hary of Emory University will kick off the newly created Karen and Pace Robinson Lecture on Modern Israel at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, August 29, in the McClung Museum auditorium at UT. Hary’s lecture is titled “The Politics of Judeo-Arabic: Israel as a Bilingual State.”
Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day, but Professor Gilya Schmidt does her part every day to make sure people don’t forget the horrors of the Holocaust. A professor in the Department of Religious Studies, Schmidt has researched the world of German Jewry for the past twenty years. She teaches the undergraduate course Voices of the Holocaust each spring.
The Department of Religious Studies is co-sponsoring a one-day workshop on Islam on Saturday, April 14. The workshop, “Teaching and Learning about Islam: Pedagogies and Perspectives,” will be held at the Sarah Simpson Professional Development/Technology Center, 801 Tipton Ave. Attendance is free, but registration is required.
UT Knoxville’s Department of Religious Studies has been selected to host a Schusterman Visiting Israel Professor for the 2010-2011 academic year. Professor Alec Mishory is an art historian, author and lecturer at the Open University in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Israeli filmmaker Igal Bursztyn, a visiting professor from Tel Aviv University, will screen and discuss his films Sunday, April 18, and Tuesday, April 20, at the Frank H. McClung Museum at UT Knoxville.
Two noted scholars of religion will lead a discussion about Christianity in the Middle East at the International House on Nov. 18. The forum, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m., and participants are asked to be seated by 6:30 p.m. A reception will follow.