What's happening in the Department of Religious Studies at Oxy??? Let us tell you...
...about our faculty:
The Religious Studies department is delighted to welcome Dr. Peter Anthony Mena to the department from Spring 2014-Spring 2015 as our Mellon Fellow. Dr. Mena earned a B.A. at the University of Texas at Austin (History), a M.A. from St. Edwards University (Liberal Studies), a M.A. from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York (Church History), and his Ph.D. from Drew University (Religion). Dr. Mena's research centers on the history of Christianity; gender, sexuality, and the body; and constructions of orthodoxy and heresy. He has served as Adjunct Instructor of Religious Studies at Marymount Manhattan College (New York) and Manhattan College (New York). At Occidental, he will teach the following courses: Women, Gender, and Christianity in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages; Chican@ Religious Identities; Religious Violence from Antiquity to the First Crusades; Mapping Religious Identity: Place, Race, and Empire; and History of Christianity.
...about our star students:
We are immensely proud of our major, Hannah Hall '14, who was awarded the Hasting Center's prestigious Emily Murray Student Fellowship Award, which allowed her to conduct independent research in residence at the Center in January. Hannah spent the time working on her comprehensive project on access and barriers to health care within the Latino/a community.
We are also delighted to report that our rising senior, Shira Barlas ‘15, has has been accepted to attend the semi-annual program, “Buddhism in China—Connecting with the Source Program,” sponsored by the Chinese Buddhist Woodenfish Project during the month of August. The program offers opportunities for direct exploration and engagement with important historical centers of Chinese Buddhism and culture. It is both a prestigious and intensive program offered to faculty, graduate students, and advanced undergraduates, and takes place at Huadingjiang Temple on Mt. Tiantai in Zhejiang province in coastal China.
...about our exciting course offerings:
This year, Prof. Peter Mena's Chican@ Religious Identities explored the overlapping themes of Chican@ identity, communities, resistance, social justice, and religion. Students examined the ways religious expressions are rooted in Catholic Christianity but also hued with the indigenous spiritualties of the Americas and traditions imported from Africa and Asia. Students studied texts as well as artistic forms of religious expression, including poetry, sculptures, and mural paintings. One Saturday, the class toured the city of Los Angeles together, studying murals depicting images of Chican@ history, identity, and religiosity and related the murals to what they had been studying all semester in class.
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