On September 20th, Professor Peter Alces the Rita Anne Rollins Professor of Law at William and Mary gave a talk entitled: “The Gap: How Neuroscience Causes Tension Between Law and Moral Philosophy”. The department would like to thank the Dr. James Dale Ethics Center and Dr. Bruce Waller for their generous support of the event.
Dr. Michael Jerryson and Dr. Adam Fuller recently engaged in an ongoing series of discussions demonstrating the ability of people to disagree without being disagreeable. The first discussion deals with the question of whether the counter-cultural revolution of the 1960s was a good thing for society. The second discussion examines the question of whether political correctness is good or bad for society.
Discussion I: March 2019
Discussion II: April 2019
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On Thursday 28 March, Dr. Mark Juergensmeyer, distinguished professor of Global Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, presented a lecture on religious violence entitled: “The Global Rise of Religious Violence”.
The lecture analyzed the rise of religious extremism around the world, from Christian militia in the United States and Europe and Jewish nationalists in Israel to Muslim terrorists related to ISIS and al Qaeda and Buddhist militants in Southeast Asia. The talk also explored why these movements are happening now on a global scale, and what religion has to do with it.
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Dr. Michael Jerryson was the subject of a panel discussion at the 2018 meeting of the American Academy of Religion. The panel was entitled “WHEN BUDDHISTS ARE VIOLENT:THE ENDURING IMPACT OF MICHAEL JERRYSON ON THE FIELD OF RELIGION AND VIOLENCE”. Excerpts of the event can be viewed below.
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On November 20, 2018 the Center for Judaic Studies, Center for Islamic Studies, American Studies and the Department to Philosophy and Religious Studies, and the College off Liberal Arts and Social Sciences organized a panel discussion on anti-Semitism. The event was a response to the shooting at Tree of Life – Or L’Simcha Congregation in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on October 27, 2018.
“When Writing Becomes Art: A Key Aspect of Islamic Culture”
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 from 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
President’s Suite, Kilcawley Center
Sheila Blair is Norma Jean Calderwood University Professor of Islamic and Asian Art at Boston College. She teaches about all aspects of Islamic art from the earliest to modern times. Author or co-author of 17 books and more than 200 academic articles, she has won many international awards in her field. With her husband and colleague, Professor Jonathan Bloom, she served as artistic consultant to the three-hour documentary Islam: Empire of Faith, shown nationally on PBS.
Free and Open to the Public! Classes welcome!
For further information, call the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at 330–941–3448.
The following is a talk by our own Dr. Chris Bache at the international transpersonal conference in Prague last September.It gives an overview of the book he is just finishing — Diamonds from Heaven — on his 20 year psychedelic journey 1979–99.