Thomas Thangeraj, professor emeritus, Emory University, will present "Critical Studies of Religion Fosters Inter-Religious Understanding: An Academic Experiment in India." During the last 30 years, universities in India have established departments of religion which study religion from an academic point of view. This lecture will explore the extent to which this study might be promoting inter-religious understanding and harmony in India.
Philosophy and Religion
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.
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.
The Philosophy Club and the Explorers of Religion Club will be selling books collected from the professors of the Department of Philosophy and World Religions, along with delicious snacks, t-shirts and buttons.
Douglas Hofstadter will present “Celebrating the Alan Turing Centenial: Some Critical Reflections.” This lecture is sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and World Religions and the UNI Faculty Senate Speaker Series Fund.
Alison Suen, a former UNI philosophy major and current Lecturer in Philosophy at Vanderbilt University, will discuss the unique contributions that women have made in the field of animal ethics. She will also consider parallels between the exploitation of animals and the exploitation of women.
The Department of Philosophy and World Religions will sponsor a panel of alumni who will discuss how study in these disciplines can help you in law school and the legal professions. Majors in Philosopy and in the Study of Religion consistently have top LSAT scores.