Religion and Philosophy Department

Gilman Scholarship Sends Two Abroad for Fall Semester

Two Nebraska Wesleyan University seniors have been selected to receive a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad for the fall semester.

Megan Canfield, a math and religion and philosophy double major from Grand Island, will study at the University of Tartu in Estonia. Canfield’s previous international experience includes her participation in the Encounter World Religions Conference in Canada. She plans to attend law school following graduation.

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First-Year Professor Wins NWU's Top Teaching Award

A handful of Jonathan Redding’s students admitted they were a little nervous about taking his “Science and Religion” course.

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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.

One of her first college classes was an Archway Seminar for first-year students that explored religious sects. Hunter realized an abundance of spiritual diversity and shared her desire to learn more with religion professor Rita Lester.

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Googling God

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

From the printing press to the Twitter feed

The arc of Christian history bends toward greater and greater access. Think of the printing press and the Gutenberg Bible in the 1450s. Think of William Tyndale’s English translation of the Bible in the 1520s.

Think also of religion and the internet in this century.

“The internet is the most important thing to happen to religion since the printing press,” said Rev. Paul Raushenbush.

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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.

His lecture titled, “Religion and the Internet,” begins at 1 p.m. in Prairie Wolf A & B, located on the lower level of the Story Student Center.

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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.”

It is a scholarly piece with which the religion professor is quite familiar with, having used the entire book in an upper-level religion course.

Her student co-instructor added Neil Gaiman’s graphic, episodic novel Sandman: Season of Mists to the list of required reading. Lester quickly admitted to her students that she was unfamiliar with both the format and content of the comic book series.

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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.

Writer, speaker and scholar Dr. Diana Butler Bass will deliver the Mattingly Visiting Distinguished Scholars Program on Thursday, April 26 at 1 p.m. in Callen Conference Center. Her lecture is titled, “Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Beginning of a New Spiritual Awakening.”

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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.

Kwame Anthony AppiahKwame Anthony Appiah — often called a post-modern Socrates — will present his lecture, “Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers” on Thursday, April 8 at 1 p.m. in Olin B Lecture Hall.

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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.

Having just returned from Amman, Jordan, she is now sharing her experience and fresh perspective with her students.

Lester was one of 12 professors in the nation selected to attend a seminar last month in Jordan titled, “Teaching About Islam and Middle Eastern Culture.” The seminar was sponsored by the Council of American Research Centers and the Council of Independent Colleges.

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Religion Professor One of 12 in Nation Selected for Middle East Seminar

Studying religion is like studying foreign language: its good to know more than one, says religion professor Rita Lester.

That’s why she will travel to Amman, Jordan in January to attend the seminar “Teaching About Islam and Middle Eastern Culture.” She is just one of 12 professors in the nation selected for the seminar sponsored by the Council of American Overseas Research Centers and the Council of Independent Colleges.

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