New Christianity course open for Spring 2011 registration

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  • November 10, 2010

    New Christianity course open for Spring 2011 registration

    Message from Professor Jesse:

    The erstwhile Blake seminar is now dead for this next semester. But it will arise from the dead in another semester coming soon! I’ll be offering the PHRE 301 Christianity course this Spring semester instead; it should be open for registration today or tomorrow. It will be offered on T&R at 1:30 in BH 262. Below is a description:

    This course sketches the history of Christian thought from the first century to the present day. We will explore some of the main theological traditions within this history by focusing on some of their major architects including St. Paul, Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, John Calvin, Friedrich Schleiermacher, and Paul Tillich. The emphasis here is on primary texts–listening to these theological revolutionaries describe their ideas in their own words. However, assigned readings and class lectures also will provide the historical and cultural contextualization that enables us to understand the meaning and significance of these ideas. Students will need to keep up with assigned readings for the day and be prepared to discuss those readings in class.

  • November 6, 2010

    2010 PHRE Conference this weekend!

    Find out the exciting details here.

    Please note that the conference is being held in the Student Union’s Georgian Room, not the Conference Room as previously advertised.

  • Registration-related clarification about Spring 2011’s PHRE 476: Blake Seminar

    From Professor Jesse:

    There has been some confusion over the registrar’s designation of the PHRE 400-level courses for next semester. My 476 Blake seminar was designated as “Senior Seminar,” which really should be used only to refer to our required 475 senior seminar course. That problem should now be fixed. I want to clarify that my course on “William Blake’s Religious Thought” (PHRE 476) is opened to any upper-level (i.e., junior or senior) major or minor in PHRE (in addition to English Literature, Art, and Art History).  Contrary to what has appeared on Banner, there also are no pre-requisites for this course–only junior or senior standing.

    The description of the course is as follows:

    This course takes an interdisciplinary religion, literature, and aesthetics approach to selected works of the English Romantic poet, painter, and engraver William Blake (1757-1827). We will attend to both the visual and verbal dimensions of his works, focusing specifically on their theological aspects. This is a seminar course designed for upper-level majors and minors in PHRE, English Literature, Art, or Art History. There will be very little lecture; the majority of our time together will be spent on individual presentations and seminar discussions based on the assigned readings. Requirements include active class participation, and a research project presented orally and in writing.

    Let me know if you have any questions about the course. Thanks!

    Prof. Jesse

  • November 4, 2010

    PHRE Club reminder from William Franks

    Our Philosophy/Religion Club meetings have been going quite well.  Next week’s topic is on questions Personal Identity or a sense of the Self.  As a reminder, our meeting times are Monday, 4:30-5:30pm in Baldwin 350.  Requirements for coming may consist of: liking to think, liking to talk about what you think, and liking to listen to what other people think.

    Keep philosophizing,
    ~ William Franks

  • October 31, 2010

    Middle East Study abroad info meeting


    This is your invitation to the second Information Session scheduled for Tuesday, November 16 at 6 p.m. in Baldwin Hall 349.  Get the details on this six-week, six credit hour course scheduled for May 23 – July 3.  Scholarships available through the Study Abroad Office and Study Abroad loan opportunities through the Business Office.

    Experience the spectacular sites of antiquity and contemporary places of religious, cultural, political, and social interest.

    Travel through Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Turkey, Lebanon, and Israel. Spend a week in Jerusalem and the West Bank.

    Work for two weeks at the archaeological site of Bethsaida in Israel.  Truman is a member of the university consortium supporting this dig site.

    Course leader: Dr. Mark Appold,

  • October 13, 2010

    Travel funding for student presentations at NCUR 2011 in Ithaca, NY

    Truman State University has a long-standing tradition of sending a group of undergraduate students to the National Conference on Undergraduate Research every spring to present their research,
    scholarship, and creative activities to their peers from around the country. Funding is now available for attendance at the 25th Annual NCUR Conference at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, to be held from March 31 through April 2, 2011 (  Find out more details about
    the funding application process at

  • 2010 Smits Lecture abstract posted

    The 2010 Smits Lecture will take place during the lunch hour of this year’s Undergraduate Philosophy and Religion Conference, Saturday, November 6, in the SUB Conference Room.

    Minds and morals: The experientialist (hypo)thesis revisited
    Dr. Philip Robbins (University of Missouri-Columbia),
    co-editor of The Cambridge Handbook of Situated Cognition

    The abstract for the talk is now available for your reading enjoyment.

  • September 17, 2010

    New Theta Alpha Kappa Members Inducted

    Reprinted from the Truman Today at

    Truman’s chapter of Theta Alpha Kappa national honor society for religious studies and theology recently inducted four new members. Pictured (left to right): Brenna Hale, Amy Fleming, Amy Yeagle and Heidi Geisbuhler were inducted May 5. Established in 1976, Theta Alpha Kappa has grown to more than two hundred chapters nationally in four-year educational institutions ranging from smaller liberal arts colleges to large public research institutions. It is the only national honor society dedicated to promoting academic excellence in baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate students in the field of religious studies. The society also maintains a vigorous national program of scholarship awards and fellowship competitions including annual awards and the publication of outstanding student papers.

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