From antiquity to the present, religion has provided a vocabulary for individuals to confront ultimate questions about the meaning of life. At the societal level, religion drives the formation of community and conflict. The rise of militant Buddhism in Myanmar, the role of Evangelicals in US politics, and the struggle for legitimacy among contemporary Muslims are only a few contemporary examples of the relevance of religious studies. Understanding the role of religion is critical for analyzing socio-political forces shaping the world today.
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Congratulations to Hanan Elsherif for receiving the Thomas F. Herman Award for Specialized Pedagogy! Hanan is a Senior Instructor in the Religious Studies department teaching Arabic Language.
The Annual Jack T. Sanders Memorial Award
Deadline for receipt of nominations: April 15 of Spring Term
Previous winners:Year Student Paper Title 2016 Will Dickerson (UO ’17) “Meeting in the Field of Non-Duality: A Comparative Approach to Rumi and Ryokan” Michelle Maujean (UO ’16) 2017 Daniel Sanders “Teresa of Avila: Mysticism Through the Eyes of William James and Evelyn Underhill” 2018 Julie Langenberg “Purest of Pure: The Qumran Community’s Elevated Value of Purity”
Monday, May 14, 2018
182 Lillis Hall
University of Oregon Dalai Lama Commemorative Lecture
Sara Shneiderman, Anthropology, University of British Columbia
Sienna Craig, Anthropology, Dartmouth College
Tulku Jigme Rinpoche, Palmo Center for Peace and Education
Free and open to the public
Co-sponsors: Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs, Oregon Humanities Center, Department of Religious Studies, and Center for Asian and Pacific Studies