Religion and Philosophy Department

Student's Experience at World Religions Conference Leads to Valuable Classroom Lessons

Nebraska Wesleyan University junior Sarah Hunter grew up devoted in her faith. She was actively involved in an Omaha church were her uncle pastored.

“Growing up, I interacted with like-minded individuals sharing common beliefs,” the political science major recalled.

Googling God

Religious scholar asks, “How will we make the internet a blessing?”

Huffington Post Editor to Discuss Religion and the Internet

Paul Rauschenbush, executive religion editor of the Huffington Post, will present the Mattingly Visiting Scholar Lecture at Nebraska Wesleyan University on Thursday, May 1.

Religion Professor Named "Nebraska Professor of the Year"

Last year Rita Lester assigned Manufacturing Religion to students enrolled in her Liberal Arts Seminar titled, “Myth.”


Scholar to Discuss Religion's Decline and Awakening

A scholar who says religion is going through a challenging period of change, erosion and decline, will share her research at an upcoming Nebraska Wesleyan University lecture.


Religion Professor Wins Faculty Teaching Award

Students and colleagues of Rita Lester say the religion professor is known for her rigorous courses. And in the same breath, they’re quick to point out that her courses are so intriguing and engaging that students want to come back for more.


Religion Major Wins Prestigious Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship

In her three years as a Nebraska Wesleyan University student Jessica Danson has studied abroad in Mexico, Germany and Estonia.

Fulbright Scholarship Winner Will Teach and Research in Vietnam

As a philosophy major, Nebraska Wesleyan University graduate Nicole Spry knows its second nature for her to question and consume information.


Leading Public Intellectual to Explore Ethical Questions at NWU Lecture

The president of PEN American Center, the internationally acclaimed literary and human rights association, will explore some of the central ethical questions of our time during his upcoming lecture at Nebraska Wesleyan University.


Religion Professor's Classroom Enhanced by Recent Middle East Experience

In the 10 years that religion professor Rita Lester has taught at Nebraska Wesleyan University, she has seen an increasing demand for courses on Islam.