Monthly Archives: April 2014

April 9, 2014

Fall 2014 PHRE 363

Dear PHRE students:
There are still enough seats for PHRE 363 “Women in Chinese Religions” (Fall 2014, Tue. and Thur. 12:00-1:20). Contact me if you would like to know more about this course.


Ding-hwa Hsieh

April 8, 2014

Talk by Biblical Scholar Mark Shaffer, April 14 @ 7pm

Monday, 14 April, 7pm
SUB Conference Room 3000
Mark Shaffer, Truman graduate and doctoral candidate at the Hebrew Union College
Will present:

“Deborah and Barak, Yael and Sisura”
Mental Pegs for Reading Composite Literature in the Hebrew Bible

One of the challenges interpreting the Hebrew Bible is its composite nature. Scribal editors drew from large oral and written repertoire of cultural stories in writing the Bible. By compiling and redacting narratives, poetry, royal promulgations, lists and genealogies, they composed a singular document which tells the collective story of the Israelite people. In Judges 4 and 5 we see lucidly the phenomenon of “composite literature” in the narrative voice of the editor, a centuries older Canaanite folktale, and one of the most ancient Hebrew poems extant. Understanding both the diversity and literary prowess of the source material as well as the theological overlay of the editor affords a richer conversation with the text of the Bible.

PHRE 365: Method and Theory in Religious Studies

Dear PHRE Community,

If you are at all inclined to want to concentrate courses in religion during your tenure with us as a major or minor, the department highly recommends that you enroll in PHRE 365: Method and Theory in Religious Studies next Fall (MW 3:30-4:50pm). This course will give you an overview of and experience applying a wide variety of theories and methods established for the scholarship of religion, including psychological, sociological, anthropological, feminist, phenomenological, and queer theories.  Many major in Senior Seminar will attest that it has been an extremely helpful class for prepartion for the Capstone paper – or wish that they had taken it when they had the chance.
Dereck Daschke, Ph.D.
Professor of Philosophy & Religion

April 2, 2014

Spring 2014 Senior Seminar Presentation Schedule

The Senior Seminar presentations are open to the public.

Monday Apr. 14

  • 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.:
    Aimee Hill, “Motherhood: Judaism, Feminism, and Patriarchy”.  faculty respondent: Linda Seidel, English and Linguistics [McClain Hall 212]
  • 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.:
    Jason Kozlowski, “A Critical Analysis of Thomas Campbell’s Declaration and Address of the Christian Association of Washington.”    faculty respondent: Mark Hanley, History [McClain Hall 210]
  • 4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.:
    Matthew Mariani,  “To Vatican II and Beyond!: Liturgy in the Catholic Church and its Future”.  faculty respondent: Jennifer Jesse, Philosophy and Religion [Baldwin Hall 262]
  • 5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.:
    Jessica Foster, “A Psychoanalytic Reading of the Popular Devotional Jesus Calling.”    faculty respondent: Heather Cianciola, English and Linguistics [Baldwin Hall 262]
  • 5:30 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.:
    Victoria Crews, “The Historical and Psychological Implications of the Nicene Creed as Used in the Catholic Mass”.  faculty respondent: Mark Appold, Philosophy and Religion [Baldwin Hall 262]

Wednesday Apr. 16

  • 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.:
    Parker Moyer, “The Ethics of Incentivized Sterilization: A Kantian Perspective”. faculty respondent: David Murphy, Philosophy and Religion [McClain 211]
  • 4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.:
    Jessica Swopshire,  “An Exploration of Hayao Miyazaki: An Analytical Excavation of His Animated Works and their Social Significance”.  faculty respondent: Sarah Mohler, English and Linguistics [Baldwin Hall 262]
  • 5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.:
    Marisa White, “Buddhism and the Role of Women: Viewpoints and Assumptions Concerning Female Enlightenment”.  faculty respondent: Mike Ashcraft, Philosophy and Religion [Baldwin Hall 262]
  • 5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.:
    Kara Boschert,  “A Defense of a Naturalized Epistemology”. faculty respondent: Stephen Pollard, Philosophy and Religion [Baldwin Hall 262]

Thursday Apr. 17

  • 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.:
    Rebecca Alexander, “The Evolutionary Purpose of Religion”.  faculty respondent: Peter Goldman, Biology [Baldwin Hall 348]

Friday Apr. 18

  • 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.:
    Blaine Hill, “Trademarked: Why Copyright Infringement Really is Stealing”  faculty respondent: Mark Smith, Communications  [Baldwin Hall 262]
  • 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.:
    Elizabeth Salsich, “Lorin Roche and his Place in Non-Dual Saiva Tantra”. faculty respondent: Neal Delmonico, independent scholar [McClain 211]
  • 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.:
    Mary Louisa Williams, “Connections Between Food and Sexuality in the Theology of Mary Baker Eddy and Warren Felt Evans”.  faculty respondent: Steven Reschly, History [McClain 210]

Truman’s Environmental Studies Conference this weekend

Announcement from Michael Berman and Susan Zhu


I’m writing to inform you that this Saturday, April 5, is Truman’s Environmental Studies Conference. Fellow senior Susan Zhu and I are organizing this year’s conference. Titled “From Local to Global: Mapping out Environmentalism”, the conference will examine the diverse human connections to the environment and will feature student and faculty presentations from a wide range of disciplines. In the evening, please join us as this semester’s Restoration Ecology class debate the feasibility, ethics, and ecology of restoring Bear Creek on Truman’s campus.

Several presentations are focused on ongoing and future projects at Truman and within the Kirksville community. As representatives of a university that strives for sustainability, your support of current and potential initiatives is critical to transforming Truman into a more sustainable institution. Your presence would be greatly appreciated.

Presentations will be held from 10 AM to 5 PM and the debate will be held at 6:30 PM in Violette Hall 1000.

Violette Hall 1000

10 – 11 AM: Literary Ecocriticism and Biomimicry
Ecocomposition Readings from Monica Barron’s Environmental Literature class
Sebastian Maldonado-Velez: “Walking Trees Attack!: A Collection of Poems about Nature and the Kirksville Community”
Emily Bowen: “Biomimicry, Nature, and Design”

11 AM – 12 PM: Bear Creek Clean-up
August Kersten and Michele Woolbright: “Ongoing Efforts to Clean Up Bear Creek on Truman’s Campus”
Dawa Sherpa: “Water Quality Indicators for Bear Creek”

12 – 1 PM: Ecology and Disease
Andrew Gibson: “Effects of Small-Scale Urbanization on Small-Mammal Distribution and Abundance”
Jason Luscier: “Avian Window Strike Mortality on the Truman State University Campus”
Stephanie Fore: “Drivers and Implications of Emerging Infectious Disease in Wildlife”

1 – 2 PM: LUNCH (provided)

2 – 3 PM: Women and Environment
Chloe Jackson: “The Effects of Environmental Changes on Cancer Rates in the U.S.”
Summer Jensen: “Healing the Land and Healing Women: How Liberative Praxis Theologies Catalyze Social Change”

3 – 4 PM: Alternative Solutions to Institutional Models
Sidney Daller – “Revolving Loan Funds on Truman’s Campus”
Lara Redmond: “Demystifying ‘Sustainability’ in Agriculture & Future Predictions”
Jim Bell: “Potential Solutions to Kirksville’s Glass Recycling Problem”

4 – 5 PM: Environmental Education
Sarah Bakker: “Evaluating the Effectiveness of the ‘Ethics of Food’ Course”
Sara Chappell: “The Importance of Pollinators and Efforts to Bring Bees to the Kirksville R-3 School District”
Michael Kelrick, Corlin Clark, Katelyn Gribble: “Nature and Human Nature: A Course that Mattered”

6:30 PM: Costs and Benefits of Restoring Bear Creek: A Debate
Dr. Brandt and Professor Wodika’s Restoration Ecology class will debate the costs and benefits of restoring Bear Creek. The debate will be interdisciplinary and will not be limited to an ecological mode of thinking.


Michael Berman and Susan Zhu

PHRE summer classes

I am offering PHRE 188 Introduction to Ethics and PHRE 301 Christianity this summer.  There are still plenty of openings if you would like to sign up.  The courses begin May 27 and last until June 27.  They meet every weekday.  The Christianity course is from 9 a.m. to 10:40 a.m.  The Ethics course is from 11 a.m. to 12:40 p.m.  Please contact me if you have any questions.

Prof. Ashcraft