2012-2013 Religious Responses to Suffering

Religious Responses to Suffering: A Comparative Discussion

Tuesday, May 7, 7:00 p.m.,  Olin 101              The Comparison Project 2012-2013 explored a range of religious explanations of and responses to suffering through a variety of public programing—everything from lectures on the Holocaust and the Lakota Ghost Dance, to community and Drake inter-faith dialogues, to creative non-fiction readings by …

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Buddhism and the Ethics of Memory

Wednesday, April 17 7:00 p.m., Olin 101 Gereon Kopf received his Ph.D. from Temple University and is currently professor of Asian and comparative religion at Luther College. As a research fellow of the Japan Foundation and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, he conducted research in 1993 and 1994 at Obirin University in Machida, Japan, …

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Innovative Jewish Responses to Holocaust

Thursday, April 4 at 7:00 p.m., Olin 101  Steven T. Katz is Director of the Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies and Chair in Jewish and Holocaust Studies at Boston University. He has also taught at Dartmouth College, Cornell University, and at numerous other universities both in the US and abroad. In addition, Dr. Katz …

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Above + Beyond Cancer’s Journey to the High Himalaya: Creative Nonfiction Narratives of Recovery, Discovery, and Advocacy

  Thursday, March 7 7:30 p.m. in the Cowles Library Reading Room for a creative nonfiction reading by Ruth Bachman and Andy Fleming, two member of Above + Beyond Cancer’s recent journey to the High Himalaya. Writers will read from the creative nonfiction narratives inspired by their recent trek through the High Himalaya with Above …

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A Guide to the Supplementary Resources for 2012-2013

Below you will find supplementary resources pertinent to The Comparison Project’s 2012-2013 theme of Religious Responses to Suffering. These resources come from students in Prof. Knepper’s Fall 2012 Comparative Religions course and Spring 2013 Philosophy of Religion course. They are ordered from most recent (top) to least recent (bottom). The Fall 2012 Comparative Religions course …

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Who Ended Slavery? Secularization in Context

Hector Avalos, Professor of Religious Studies at Iowa State University Response by Jennifer Harvey, Associate Professor of Religion, Drake University Thursday, February 14 6:30 p.m., Olin 101 A number of prominent writers have claimed that Christian and biblical ethics were ultimately responsible for the abolition of slavery in Africa and the New World. Dr. Hector Avalos, in …

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Religious Responses to Suffering: An Interfaith Dialogue

Thursday, November 29 at 7:00 p.m., Tifereth Israel Synagogue, 924 Polk Blvd. The dialogue features five representatives of Des Moines area religious communities: Rabbi Steven Edelman-Blank, rabbi of the Tifereth Israel Synagogue; Howard Croweagle, American Indian advisor to the governor of Iowa and president of Central Iowa Circle of First Nations; Shuji Valdene Mintzmyer, an ordained Soto priest at the Des …

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Loss and Suffering with Dignity: Abd el-Kader's Jihad with France

John Kiser, author The Commander of the Faithful: The Life and Times of Emir Abd el-Kader and The Monks of Tibhirine: Faith, Love and Terror in Algeria  Wednesday, November 14 7:00 p.m., Olin 101 John W. Kiser is the author of numerous books, most notably The Monks of Tibhirine: Faith, Love and Terror in Algeria, which won the 2006 French Siloe Prize for …

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Dancing Our Troubles Away: Native American Ways of Alleviating Suffering

Michelene Pesantubbee, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and American Indian Native Studies, University of Iowa. Thursday, October 25 7:00 p.m., Olin 101 Professor Pesantubbee is an associate professor of Religious Studies at the University of Iowa.  She earned her Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She specializes in Native American religious traditions …

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Sikhism and Suffering: Understanding and Healing after the Milwaukee Massacre

Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh, Crawford Family Professor of Religion, Colby College Thursday, September 27 7:00 p.m., Harvey-Ingham 104 Sikhism accepts suffering — biological, psychological, and spiritual — as a natural part of life. According to Sikh scripture, “our entire world is full of suffering” (GG, p. 954). But it also acknowledges suffering (dukh) as a medicine that is beneficial (daru). In …

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