Religion on Campus: A Semester-Long Conversation

Religion_on_Campus_Book_CoverIn the spring of 2012, a semester-long series of conversations will examine the ways in which students grapple with religious questions, expressions, and behaviors during their college years, as well as the ways faculty, staff, and administrators can help in this process. The program series, entitled "Religion on Campus: A Semester-Long Conversation," will consider questions such as: How do college students explore their spiritual identity? How do they tolerate others who are doing the same? How do we all balance the need for civility with the desire for personal expression?

Two of the programs in this six-part series will be offered in the form of lectures free and open to the public. The remaining four conversations will consist of a multi-part seminar. Participants will form a reading group to discuss the issues in depth, using the book Religion on Campus: What Religion Really Means to Today's Undergraduates as a point of departure. Administrators, chaplains, and student leaders from all colleges and universities in the Hampton Roads area have been invited to attend. In a change from normal Center practice, participation in the seminar is limited to invited guests. If you have an interest in the topic and would like to be invited, please call the Center at 757.455.3129 or contact Professor Eric Mazur at emazur@vwc.edu.

Programs:

Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012

Religious Students in a Secular University
Rev. Ian Oliver, Senior Associate Chaplain for Protestant Life and Pastor of University Church, Yale University
7:30 – 9:00 p.m., Monumental Chapel
Free and open to the public
IanOliver

Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012

Conflicts on Campus? The Religious Voice in the Classroom
Rev. Ian Oliver, Yale University Chaplain, and Dr. Eric Mazur, Gloria and David Furman Professor of Judaic Studies, Virginia Wesleyan College
11 – 11:50 a.m., Pearce Hospitality Suite
** Limited to Seminar Participants

Thursday, March 1, 2012

A Pretty Picture? The Image of Campus Religion in the Media
Dr. Terrence Lindvall, C.S. Lewis Endowed Professor of Communication and Christian Thought, Virginia Wesleyan College, and Dr. Eric Mazur, Gloria and David Furman Professor of Judaic Studies, Virginia Wesleyan College
11 – 11:50 a.m., Pearce Hospitality Suite
** Limited to Seminar Participants
TerryLindvall

Thursday, March 15, 2012

A Friendly Conversation? Student Group Interfaith Relations
Dr. Eric Mazur, Gloria and David Furman Professor of Judaic Studies, Virginia Wesleyan College
11:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m., Pearce Hospitality Suite
** Limited to Seminar Participants
EricMazur

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Campus Religious Life in America: Past and Present
Dr. John Schmalzbauer, Associate Professor and Blanche Gorman Strong Chair in Protestant Studies, Missouri State University
7:30 – 9:00 p.m., Monumental Chapel
Free and open to the public
JohnSchmalzbauer

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Friendly Competition: The Campus Religious Marketplace
Dr. John Schmalzbauer, Missouri State University, and Dr. Eric Mazur, Gloria and David Furman Professor of Judaic Studies, Virginia Wesleyan College
11 – 11:50 a.m., Pearce Hospitality Suite
** Limited to Seminar Participants

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