Philosophy and Religion
"Living Waters: Contemporary Innovations in Jewish Women’s Rituals" will be presented by Jodi Eichler-Levine, visiting scholar from the University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh. Eichler-Levine will use a variety of media to explore innovations that have taken place in Jewish rituals over the last thirty years. From special ceremonies to welcome daughters to rituals that acknowledge women’s reproductive lives, these changes have impacted not just women but Jews of all genders. Sponsors include the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education, the College of Education, the Center for Multicultural Education, the Department of Philosophy and World Religions, Women's and Gender Studies, the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences.
"Wild Things and Chosen Children: How the Holocaust, Slavery and Lynching Haunt Children’s Literature" will be presented by Jodi Eichler-Levine, visiting scholar from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh. Her lecture considers how modern authors, including Maurice Sendak, Julius Lester, Jane Yolen and Virginia Hamilton have shaped our understanding of violence and oppression, as well as the broader themes of how we remember trauma, how suffering is expressed in American identity and the implications of such narratives for education and public life. Sponsors include the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education, the College of Education, the Center for Multicultural Education, the Department of Philosophy and World Religions, Women's and Gender Studies, the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences.
Susan Hill, professor of religion, will discuss "Mary Magdalene: Penitent Prostitute or Apostle to the Apostles."
Hannah Arendt was a passionate political thinker who caused outrage and vigorous disagreement by many leading American and Israeli thinkers who read her book, Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil (1963). Adolf Eichmann was a leading figure in orchestrating the Holocaust, and in 1961 Israel captured him in Argentina and put him on trial for crimes against the Jewish people. Arendt attended the trial and wrote reports for The New Yorker which formed the basis of her book. Having been born and educated in Germany, Arendt was persecuted as a Jew by the Nazi regime, landing in jail and a concentration camp. Through a series of fortunate events, she was able to escape and eventually made her way to the United States. In the last years of her life, she taught at The New School for Social Research, where Bill Clohesy, professor of philosophy, became one of her doctoral students. Clohesy will provide commentary and lead a discussion following the film showing..
Many ancient Israelites, as recorded in the Bible, believed that since sin causes suffering, someone who is suffering must have sinned. John Burnight, philosophy and world religion, will argue that the first five chapters of the Book of Job critique this dominant Israelite theology of the time, one based on the ideas that sin and suffering are invariably linked, and that the elite of a society enjoy their status because they are more righteous than those who are “lowly” and afflicted.
Death Panels, Soaring Costs, and the Nanny State: Separating Truth from Fiction in What Obamacare Means to YouSubmitted by Anonymous on Fri, 11/15/2013 - 5:00pm
This presentation will identify some of the myths and misinformation about the new Affordable Care Act, clarifying what is actually true about the bill, while pointing out both its strengths and weaknesses. Who will pay less? Who will pay more? Why? What was really going on with claims about death panels? What is going on with the web site? These and other questions will be addressed.
Loyal Rue, emeritus professor of religion and philosophy at Luther College; Steve O'Kane, biology; and Jerry Soneson, philosophy and world religions, will discuss the implications that evolution has for the validity of religion today. Students and others are encouraged to bring their questions about this issue to the presentation.
Using photos and artifacts from Professor Reineke’s recent trip to Toyko and drawing on Professor Heine’s groundbreaking research on sacred spaces in contemporary Japan, these two scholars will offer a joint lecture on Japanese religion today.
Aristotle, Clint Eastwood and Other-Selves: Aristotelian Ideas of Friendship in the films "Million Dollar Baby" and "Gran Torino"Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 09/20/2013 - 3:00pm
Jason Grinnell, assistant professor of philosophy at Buffalo State in New York, will discuss the ways that the ideas of friendship offered by the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle are embodied in the recent films, "Million Dollar Baby" and "Gran Torino" directed by Clint Eastwood.
The Philosphy Club will host UNI graduate and Stanford graduate student Grant Rozeboom. He will discuss Consequential vs. Non-Consequential Ethics through Utilitarianism and Immanuel Kant.