Religious Studies News and Achievements
Jeffery D. Long, professor of religion and Asian studies, recently completed a speaking tour in California. On Feb. 17, 2017, Long spoke at Claremont School of Theology as part of a conference called New Frontiers in Theology. He was on a panel on the topic of ‘trans-religious theology’: that is, theology which draws upon many religious traditions rather than only one. On the Feb. 22, he spoke at Berkeley, where he gave the prestigious Surjit Singh Lecture. This lecture series is dedicated to inter-religious understanding. He spoke on the relevance of Jain philosophy to greater inter-religious harmony. Finally, on Feb. 24, he spoke at a conference at Loyola Marymount University on Jainism and Sikhism. The theme of the conference was the idea of the ‘spiritual warrior,’ who is dedicated to peace, but also to standing firmly for spiritual values. Long’s talk connected Jain and Sikh themes to currents in American thought, mentioning early 20th-century figures such as William James and Theodore Roosevelt, as well as his fellow Missouri native, Mark Twain.
Long also recently published the two-volume “Buddhism and Jainism,” which he coedited with Dr. K.T.S. Sarao. These two volumes are part of the Springer Encyclopedia of Indian Religions, edited by Dr. Arvind Sharma.
Michael Long, associate professor of religious studies and peace and conflict studies, was interviewed by The Huffington Post for the December 2017 article “Mister Rogers And The Bully-in-Chief.”
Jeffery D. Long, professor of religion and Asian studies, presented at the Jain Vishva Bharati Center for Peace and Meditation in South Plainfield, New Jersey, Aug. 21. He spoke on the theme of Jain philosophy and inter-religious relations.
Richard Newton, assistant professor of religious studies, was accepted into the “Bodies of Christ: Visualizing Jesus Then and Now” Summer Seminar at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, taking place June 12 through 24. This select interdisciplinary cohort will investigate the ramifications of Jesus depictions on church, state, and society. Sponsored by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship with funding by Lilly Endowment, Inc.
Chris Bucher, the Carl W. Zeigler Professor of Religion and Department Chair, was accepted into the Teaching Interfaith Understanding Luce-funded CIC seminar at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. Bucher is one of only 26 faculty members selected for this seminar, which took place July 31 through August 4, 2016.