Dr. Jeffrey Lidke, Associate Professor
of Religion and Philosophy, teaches Women in World Religions and Goddess
Traditions in Asia. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of
Colorado, Boulder, and went on to receive his MA and PhD from The University of
California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Lidke is interested in issues of equality
despite differences of gender or sexual orientation.
What is one experience outside of
academia that has impacted your education?
“My travels to India, Nepal, Bali and
Why do you think it is important for
students to be aware of gender issues in Religion?
“Gender issues shape religious ethics
and world views in fundamental ways. Since religion is linked to power and dynamics of control, we must be
cognizant of the ideological construction of gender in religious traditions.”
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