2013 PROGRAMS


Spring Semester 2013

 

  1. “Spiritual Journeys of Gay Religious Leaders”

 

Presenters: Rev. Chris Glaser on his journey as a Christian

 Berry Alum and Lama Rod Owens on his journey as a Buddhist

 

Moderator: Berry College Director of Counseling Dr. Marshall Jenkins

 

Tuesday, January 29, 2013, at 7:30 in the MAC Auditorium

      Jointly sponsored with the Counseling Office, LISTEN, Dean

      of Students Office, Office of Multicultural and International

      Student Programs office, and the Department of Religion and Philosophy

 

  1. “Gender Roles in Religion”

 

Student Presenters: Shari Bissoondatt (Hinduism)

                                Haley Athens (Christianity)

                                Leora Levey (Judaism)

                                Chris Zefting (Buddhism)

 

Discussion of gender roles in the religious traditions represented,

      based on experiences related to sacred texts and rituals

 

Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. in the Interfaith Center

  • “Buddhism and Science: Rivals or Allies?”

 

Presenter: Dr. David McMahan, Professor of Religious Studies,

      Franklin and Marshall College, a leading scholar on contemporary

      Buddhism

 

Moderator: Dr. Todd Timberlake, Associate Professor of Physics

 

Discussion of scientific research on the effects of Buddhist meditation,

      and the debates on the compatibility of Buddhism and modern science.

 

Thursday, April 4, 2013, at 5:00 p.m. in the MAC Auditorium

 

  1. “From Mandatory Chapel to LISTEN: The Evolving Face of Religion

at Berry College”

 

                   Presenter: Dr. Steve Bell, Professor of Psychology

 

                   Panel: Dr. Lee Clendenning, Professor of Mathematics and Computer

                                    Science Emeritus

                              Dr. Eliana Hirano, Visiting Assistant Professor of Teacher

                                    Education

                              Dr. Jeff Lidke, Associate Professor of Religion

                              Dr. Jim Watkins, Professor of English

                              Mrs. Chris Watters, Director of Alumni Relations

 

                   Moderator: Dr. David McKenzie

 

                   Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. in the MAC Auditorium

                        Jointly sponsored with the Department of Religion and Philosophy

 

  1. “That’s Just India: An Exploration of Social Service Organizations, Religion,

and Culture in West India”

 

                   Presenter: Berry Alum Charlotte Hager, Master’s Degree in Public Health

 

                   Slide show on her field experience in West India as a requirement

                        for the MPH Degree from George Washington University

 

                   Thursday, April 18, 2013, at 5:00 p.m. in the Interfaith Center

       

  1. ‘Eighth Annual Berry College World Music and Dance Festival”

 

Music and dance groups featuring performances by the Saddle Mountain Blue

Grass Boys, Ogya, Mirabai, Kirtan Bandits, Blue spirit Wheel, Sundari, Wynne Paris, Flying Mystics and Miwase

 

                   Saturday, April 20, 2013, 12:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., on the Library Lawn

                        or Ford Gymnasium as a rain venue

                        A program organized by Dr. Jeff Lidke, Associate Professor of Religion,

                        and Chris Zefting, Religion and Philosophy major at Berry.    


Fall Semester 2013

 

  1. “Beyond 9-11: Religious Scholarship and Interfaith Dialogue”

 

Analysis of the disastrous Fox News interview with Muslim religion

      Scholar Dr. Reza Aslan, author of Zealot: The Life and Times of

      Jesus of Nazareth, followed by a panel discussion of the book’s

      Significance for Interfaith dialogue.

 

Moderator: Dr. Jeff Lidke, Associate Professor of Religion and Chair,

      Department of Religion and Philosophy

 

Panelists: Dr. Brian Carroll, Associate Professor of Communications

                 Dr. Jon Huggins, Berry College Chaplain

                 Dr. Nadeem Hamid, Associate Professor of Mathematics and

                              Computer Science

                  Dr. David McKenzie, Professor of Philosophy

 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. in the Interfaith Center

 

  1. In God’s Land”

 

Set in India and using animation, the film depicts

a village’s unique journey to preserve the land of

their village God, fighting oppression and exploitation

both from religious and political/economic sources.

 

                  Presenter:  Pankaj Rishi Kumar, Producer of the Film

 

                  Friday, November 1, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. in the Evans Auditorium