March 21 - "Race, Racism, and Religious Freedom in US History"presented by Dr. Tisa Wenger, assistant professor, Yale Divinity School.
Spring semester - Brian C. Wilson took a group of faculty and graduate students on a tour of the Hart-Dole-Inouye Federal Building which used to be the Battle Creek Sanitarium, subject of Professor Wilson's upcoming book The Rise and Fall of the Temple of Health to be published by Indiana University Press. Thanks to the expert guidance of Public Affairs Specialist Jeff Landenberger of the Defense Logistics Agency, our group got a good feel for how it was to be a visitor to the 'San' in the old days when it was under the management of Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, one-time Seventh-day Adventist, health reformer, and inventor of ready-to-eat breakfast cereals. Pictured below are (left to right), Professor Wilson, Megan Leverage, Richard Erdman, Kyle Byron, and Professor Sarah Moslener (thanks to Josh Withee for taking the picture).
Congratulations to Eric Mendes for winning runner-up in the University Center for Humanities Graduate Student Conference paper contest. Eric's paper "Ancient Magic and Modern Accessories: A Re-Examination of the Omamori Phenomenon” will be published in the spring edition of "The Hilltop Review."
Hear Dr. Rudolf Siebert's interview on WMUK regarding Pope Francis. Dr. Siebert is a professor in comparative religion and papal expert.
Jan. 23 - “The Rise and Fall of the Temple of Health: Religion, Medicine, and the Battle Creek Sanitarium," - presented by Brian Wilson, Department of Comparative Religion. Part of the Department of History Lecture Series.
Feb. 22 - "Classical Buddhism, Where To?: A Contemporary Writer's Perspective." - presented by Hiromi Ito, one of the foremost writers of contemporary Japan. After gaining recognition as a feminist writer in the 1980s, Ito has written a great deal about Buddhist thought and literature.
March 20 - "Religious Training and Visualization: Mapping the Power of the Early Christian Priest," - by Dr. Ellen Muehlberger, assistant professor of Christianity in Late Antiquity, University of Michigan.
March 22 - "The Wind from Vulture Peak: Japanese Buddhist Poetry and the Heian Aesthetic" - by Dr. Stephen Miller, assistant professor of Japanese language and literature, University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
April 18 - Religious Perspectives - "Islam, A Shi'a Perspective" - presented by Iman Sayid Hassan Al-Qazwini, Islamic Center of America.
Aug. 2 - "Declining Attendance at Liberal Churches" - presented by Dr. Brian Wilson, professor of comparative religion.
Sept. 10 - Japan's Hidden Christmas - presented by Dr. Megumi Takasaki, research assistant, Institute for Asian Cultural Studies, International Christian University, Tokyo.
Oct. 4 - "How to Pick a Major That will Upset Your Parents and Be Happy for the Rest of Your Life"- Public Lecture by Dr. Christine Blakeney, Center for Optimal Health, 2012 Alumni Achievement Award Winner.
Oct. 12 - "Exploring the Interface Between Religion, Virtues, and Health: The Case of Humility" - Public Lecture by Neal Krause, Ph.D. Collegiate Professor, School of Public Health, University of Michigan.
Nov. 15 "The Flower Arrangement Rite of Yakushiji" - A Film Screening and Discussion with the Dr. Koichi Matsuo and Dr. Asuka Sango.
Dec. 3 - "From the Mosque to the Municipality: The Ethics of Muslim Space in a Michigan City"- Public Lecture by Alisa Perkins, University of Texas-Austin.
Dec. 7 - "Islam and Environment: Belief and Practice on American Muslim Farms" Public Lecture
Jan. 20 - "A Fourteenth-Century Augustinian Approach to the Jews in Riccoldo da Monte Croce's Ad Nationes Oreintales" - presented by Lydia Walker Comparative Religion Masters' Student, and "The Roman Catholic Mass in America: Post-Vatican II and Post-post-Vatican II," presented by Judith Krane-Calvert comparative religion M.A. and instructor.
Feb. 14 - "On the Identity of the Liberated Jiva in Jainism" - presented by Sean Butler, Comparative Religion Masters Student. "David Koresh: Charisma Without Routinization," presented by Jason Aiello, comparative religion masters student.
Feb. 24 - "The KJV in the USA - The Impage of the King James Version Bible in America" - presented by Brian Wilson, professor of comparative religion.
March 10 - "Cabeza de Vaca (Mexico, 1991)" - presented by Brian Wilson, professor of comparative religion.
March 17 - "The Wicker Man (UK, 1973)" - presented by Kevin Wanner, professor of comparative religion.
March 24- "My Son the Fanatic (UK/France, 1997)" - presented by Blain Auer, professor of comparative religion.
March 24 - "The KJV in the USA: The Impact of the King James Bible in America" - presented by Brian C. Wilson, professor of comparative religion.
March 25 - "Religious Community and Political Power in Medieval Islam," - presented by Blain Auer, assistant professor of comparative religion.
March 31 - The Namesake (India/USA, 2006) - American-born Gogol, the son of Indian immigrants, wants to fit in among his fellow New Yorkers, despite his family's unwillingness to let go of their traditional ways. Discussion led by Heather Dubbeld, graduate student in comparative religion.
April 4 - Skapan í skáldskap ok skáldskaparskapan: Creation in and Creation of Norse Poetry - Discussion led by Kevin J. Wanner - associate professor of comparative religion.
April 5 - "Son of Satan or Faithful Christian? The Mystery of Arius & The Creation of Christian Orthodoxy" - presented by Dr. Rebecca Lyman - The Samuel Garrett Professor of Church History, The Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Berkeley, Calif.
April 7 - The Last Train Home (China, 2009) - A family embarks on an annual tormenting journey along with 200 other million peasant workers to reunite with their distant family, and to revive their love and dignity as China soars as the world's next super power. Discussion led by Guo Jue, professor of comparative religion.
April 14 - Into the Wild (USA, 2007) - After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life. Discussion led by Sean Butler, graduate student in comparative religion.
April 21 - Religion and Film Series - "On the Development of the Critical Theory of Society and Religion" - Film screening and conversation with Professor Rudolf Siebert.
May 20 - Hinduism in the U.S. - Innovations and Issues Conference.
Oct. 6 - "The Fine Line Between Culture and Crazy: A Doctor's Experience Balancing Medicine with Religion in Critically Ill Patients" - presented by Dr. Nadia Tremonti. Dr. Nadia Tremonti is the Department of Comparative Religion 2011 Alumni Achievement Award recipient. Dr. Tremonti serves as the Medical Director for both the Pediatric Palliative Care Team at Children’s Hospital of Michigan and the Kaleidoscope Kids Team at Henry Ford Hospice, in Detroit, MI. Dr. Tremonti is also an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Wayne State University and is Board Certified in Pediatrics and in Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
Oct. 14 - "Islam: A Sunni Perspective" - presented by Shaykh Sharif Sahibzada, Director of the Islamic Center of West Michigan. Religious Perspectives Series.
Nov. 10 - Workshop Lecture Series" - Innocent's Interdicts: An Examination of the Medieval Papacy's Religious Authority" - by E.M. Bowler.
Nov. 16 and 17 -"Towards Tolerance: Religious Pluralism in America" - Real Talk Diversity Series.
Dec. 2 - "Religion and Revolution in the Arab Spring" - Globalization Brown Bag with Dr. Blain Auer on the Arab Spring. Sponsored by the Diether H. Haenicke Institute for Global Education.
Dec. 8 - "A Global Buddhism Returns: New Media, Ancient Wisdom and Modern Translations of Buddhism among Ladakhi student migrants in Delhi," - open lecture by Elizabeth Williams-Oerberg, Ph.D. candidate, Section for Anthropology, Department of Culture and Society at Aarhus, University, Denmark.