Presented by István Povedák, Research Group for the Study of Religious Culture, Hungarian Academy of Sciences and University of
Szeged, Senior Research Fellow
Monday, October 24, 2016
Knight Library Browsing Room
1501 Kincaid St. Eugene, OR
Dr. István Povedák is a Senior Research Fellow of the Research Group for the Study of Religious Culture, Hungarian Academy of Sciences and University of Szeged. His main fields of research are contemporary vernacular religiosity, modern mythologies, and the cult of heroes and celebrities. His books include Pseudo Heroes and Fake Gods? (in Hungarian); Heroes and Celebrities in Central Eastern Europe; Landscape as a Factor for Creating Identity; and Shamans Everywhere: The Multidisciplinary Analysis of Contemporary Paganism (in Hungarian).
Sponsors: Ira E. Gaston Bequest, Folklore Program, Oregon Humanities Center, Department of Religious Studies, European Studies, Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies.
Free and open to the public
The Jack T. Sanders Celebration of Life at the University of Oregon will take place on Thursday, May 12, beginning at 10 am in the Knight Library Browsing Room. Both Jack’s wife of over thirty-six years, Susan Elizabeth Plass, and Jack’s son, Collin Thomas Sanders, will be in attendance. Around 11:15 am, the group will proceed from the library to a location nearby for the planting of a flowering dogwood tree dedicated to Jack’s memory. Afterward, a buffet lunch will be served in the Browsing Room of Knight Library. At 4 pm that day in Chiles 128 (corner of Kincaid and 13th), former colleague Daniel Falk will deliver a lecture entitled “The Myth of the Dead Sea Scrolls.” Everyone is welcome to attend any and all of these free public events on May 12th.
Thursday, May 12th
Knight Library Browsing Room
10:00 am Celebration of Life
11:15 am Tree Planting
11:45 am Lunch Buffet
A public lecture by Dr. Robert Thurman, Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Studies, Columbia University
Professor Thurman is the pre-eminent scholar of Tibetan Buddhism in the West, founder and president of Tibet House, an intimate friend and colleague of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama for over 40 years, and a prolific author and scholar.
Thursday, April 7, 2016
955 E. 13th Ave. University of Oregon
Respondent, Dr. Mark Johnson, Knight Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of Philosophy, University of Oregon
Book signing to follow.
Co-sponsored by Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs, Department of Religious Studies, and Oregon Humanities Center
Lecture by Priscilla Hunt
Holy Foolishness emerged within Eastern Orthodox Christianity, flourished in medieval Russia, and is alive in Russia today. Originating in ancient Byzantium, its defining characteristic is an imitation of Christ through an exhibition of madness. The fool engages in outrageous behavior to provoke a response from the audience that is a form of spiritual teaching and catalyst to personal change.
This presentation will introduce the holy foolish behavioral paradigm and describe its place in the culture of the Byzantine and Russian Middle Ages. We will investigate how the fool combines madness, provocation, and the holy, and what this tells us about the Russian reception of Eastern Orthodoxy.
April 12, 2016
1468 University Street
Sponsored by the University of Oregon Gaston Fund in Religious Studies.
Lecture by Stephen Patterson, Willamette University.
In this lecture, Stephen J. Patterson will show how the Gospel of Thomas and a lost gospel known simply as “Q” have changed the way scholars imagine Christian origins.
March 10, 2015
Sponsored by University of Oregon Gaston Fund in Religious Studies.
Lecture by Fred Donner, Professor of Near Eastern History at the University of Chicago.
February 20, 2015
Sponsored by the Gaston Fund in Religious Studies.
The religious studies department will be hosting a Fall Fieldtrip to Mt. Pisgah, just east of Eugene, on the afternoon of Friday October 10. The exact time of the trip will be decided by the participants. Snacks will be provided, and participation is FREE to all REL majors, minors, staff and faculty. Fill out the short form “REL Fall Field Trip” by October 3 to register: