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.
Department of Religious Studies News
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.
Rare new details about an ancient Roman fort in southern Jordan have been uncovered by two UT professors. Robert Darby, a lecturer in art history in the School of Art, and Erin Darby, an assistant professor in the Department of Religious Studies, direct the ‘Ayn Gharandal archaeological project that has uncovered details about the fort, including the previously unknown location of an ancient infantry unit.
The UT Amnesty International chapter will celebrate its third annual Human Rights Week March 11 through 20 with speakers on issues ranging from due process rights in foreign lands to reproduction rights to prisoners wrongly sentenced on death row. The week will kick off with a lecture by Ndiva Kofele-Kale at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 11, in the University Center Ballroom. A former UT faculty member, Kofele-Kale is now a professor of public international law at Southern Methodist University. Kofele-Kale, who was born in Cameroon, is leading the defense team representing Marafa Hamidou Yaya, former Secretary General of the Presidency of Cameroon.
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.
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.