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Department of Religious Studies|College of Arts & Sciences

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Department of Religious Studies
Quincy D. Newell, Head
Office Associate:
Clayleen Rivord
Ross Hall, Room 122
Department 3392
1000 E. University Ave
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: 307-766-3204
Fax: 307-766-2096
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Guest Speakers

The Department of Religious Studies will be bringing in as well as sponsoring distinguished guest speakers throughout the year. 


April 28, 2015

Tues., April 28, 2015, Dr. Raphael Jospe, of Ariel University, will speak at two different events:

  • 11:00, Education Annex 229, "Faith and Reason: The Controversy Over Philosophy in Jewish History"
    • Abstract: What is the source of the tension between religious faith on the one side, and philosophy and science on the other side?  Why, in the history of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, have so many adherents believed there to be an inherent conflict between faith and reason, and why, in the Middle Ages, did this lead to conflict, occasionally violent?  How did various Jewish thinkers attempt to reconcile the two?
  • 5:00, Berry Center Room 138, "The Significance of Jerusalem in Judaism, Christianity and Islam"
    • Abstract: The second presentation is a public lecture on Jerusalem, entitled on “The Significance of Jerusalem in Judaism, Christianity and Islam.” We have found the 5 pm time slot maximizes the potential attendance for both university and community participants. The talk is tentatively scheduled in the Classroom Building at UW, about 40-50 minutes with time for questions. This talk is an outgrowth of Dr. Jospe’s interfaith work, most recently in Berlin, and earlier work with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, with the Vatican, with Muslims in Jerusalem, and in other interfaith venues.

    Past Events for the Current Year

    Mon, September 29, 2014

    Mon., September 29, 2014, Matteo Pistono, presented"Sacred Landscape and Pilgrimage in Tibet." Co-sponsored with the Departments of Anthropology and Global Area Studies

    • Abstract: Experience what devout pilgrims endure on their arduous journey to remote caves, holy mountains, ancient hermitages and Himalayan power places. Join author Matteo Pistono for a photo presentation of his latest book Fearless in Tibet: The Life of the Mystic Tertön Sogyal. Pistono takes you on a visual pilgrimage into the heart of Tibet with stories and images from a decade of his travels to sacred sites. Pistono illuminates how pilgrims’ inner journeys create a shift in perception of terrain as wilderness to conceiving of it as a sacred panorama in which mountains and rivers, streams and glaciers, the very pebbles upon which their boots fall, are woven into a blessed landscape. Pistono will also discuss how Buddhist rituals and faith has defined the political topography of Tibet.

    October 23, 2014

    Thurs., October 23, 2014, Dr. Moshe Pinchuk of Netanya Academic College, Netanya Israel, will speak at two different events.

    • 1:20-2:35, Classroom Building Room 147, "The Jewish Wife Unchained." The talk will address the legal-halachic status of a married woman in Judaism, the modern agunah problem it generates, and some of the legal solutions available.
    • 5:00 p.m., Classroom Building Room 215, "Do Hercules and Samson Bow to the same Deity?" With brief responses by UW faculty members; Dr. Paul Flesher, Dr. Phil Holt, and Dr. Seth Ward

    March 12, 2015

    Latina/o Studies will be bringing in two guest speakers, on Thursday March 12, 2015 as part of a mini-Colloquium series on Chicano Spirituality. Mark your calendars to attend one or both of these events from 12:30-2:30 in the Business Building, Room 208.

    • Dr. Luis Leon, Professor at the University of Denver, will speak on "The Political Spirituality of Cesar Chavez."
    • Dr. Laura Elisa Perez, Associate Professor at the University of Calilfornia-Berkley, will speak on "Ero-Ideologies: Writings on Spirituality, Art and Decolonization."

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