Connor Austin sent us an update from his time at the UC Davis Religious Studies Conference and Shakti Fest. Connor has graciously allowed us to share his message–and his presentation paper! See below for the message and the link to Connor’s research…
Dear Religious Studies Faculty,
Thank you all so much for assisting me in my journey to the UC Davis religious studies conference last semester. My presentation went extremely well! Also, I was able to connect with some of the most intelligent students I’ve ever met and learn quite a lot in the process. The topics presented were as interesting as they were diverse. Students spoke on issues ranging from the social and spiritual implications of reading the Koran on a kindle to the changing societal narratives regarding assisted suicide and how the phenomenon interfaces with modern Christian perspectives. Listening to papers from 9am to 5pm was exhausting, but also highly rewarding! Throughout the weekend I had a chance to discuss my research with some wonderful professors from all over the state who shared with me some valuable knowledge about RS graduate programs.
Being able to attend Shakti Fest really took my research to the next level. It’s funny, merely three days actually engaging with the cultures I had been studying forced me to reevaluate my entire stance and question quite a lot of my so-called “research”. It was an eye-opening experience, and the support of the RS faculty was instrumental in making it happen. Thank you again for everything! Below I’ve attached a copy of my research paper, please read it if you get a chance.
Connor Austin research (2)
Eric Freed Peace & Justice Award
Outstanding Student Award
Photos from the day
Understanding Islam: A Community Conversation will be a held at First Presbyterian Church, 2-4 PM, at 819 15th St., Eureka, CA. All are welcome!
Rev. Molly Cate
Imam Emran Essa
Members of the local Muslim Community
The event will be facilitated by Rabbi Naomi Steinberg and is sponsored by the Eureka Interfaith Fellowship.
Here are some pictures as well as the archived videos from our event Understanding Islam, on Nov. 1st 2016. The first video is the lecture portion (HSU Professors Bill Herbrechtsmeier, Leena Dallasheh, Saeed Mortazavi). The second video is the Q&A portion.
Understanding Islam – A Community Conversation
Tuesday, November 1st, 2016
Kate Buchanan Room, UC 225
All are welcome!
Religious Studies Department, Humboldt State University
Leena Dallasheh, Department of History
William Herbrechtsmeier, Department of Religious Studies
Saeed Mortazavi, Department of Business
The Religious Studies Department is holding an event on the evening of Tuesday, September 6, from 6:00-9:00, in the KBR (on the HSU campus, below the clock tower).
We’ll be screening the feature documentary Oriented, a film about three gay Palestinian men living in Tel Aviv. The film will address questions of gender, sexuality, queer politics, religion, and nationality, among other things, and the discussion to follow the film should be a lively one.
This event is free and open to the public, and is being offered to correspond with, and in support of, Humboldt Pride Week.
RS Flyer: Oriented Flyer 9.6.2016 (1)
Oriented Website: http://www.orientedfilm.com.
Oriented Trailer: http://youtu.be/J0PKz3Qz9uw.
RS Alumnus Andrew Perera–an Eric Freed Peace & Justice Award winner from this last year–has given us an update on his life and work after graduation. Here is his note:
Hi classmates and colleagues! I trust you are all excited for your classes in the coming days. I’d like to update you all on the goings-on of my life, post baccalaureate. I have been hired on as a biology and ecology teacher at St. Lawrence middle school in Santa Clara. As many of you know, I spent 4 years studying biology before switching to Religious Studies. However, I am still trying to change the whole education system to be more inclusive and critical, which means that eventually I have to move back into Social Studies to continue that mission.
I am starting a M.Ed. program at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, where I will also earn 2 single subject credentials (biology and Social Science). Classes (as a teacher and as a student) start this week so I am about to enter into a world of business. Just in time to welcome our son, Finn, into the world. I will send photos of my classes and of Finn in due time.
If you’d like, you can find me on Facebook and I will add you. My name there is Andrew John Bear, or Papa_the_redbear on Instagram. That would make it easier to follow my classes and grad school process.
I miss you all and I will be visiting soon.
Be well in whatever you do,