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Brent Plate
Plate's Views on Oscars Appear on CNN.com and Religion Dispatches

Visiting Associate Professor of Religious Studies Brent Plate’s perspectives on this year’s Oscar nominees and the themes conveyed by them appear on several major media sites including CNN.com, Religion Dispatches and beliefnet.com. “It’s kind of an unusual year – almost all of the top films have relatively little explicit religious dimensions to them,” said Plate. “But these films are asking the same questions that religions ask: Where did we come from, how did we get here, where are we going and who are we?”  More ...

Heidi Ravven
Ravven Gives Invited Paper at Spinoza Symposium

Heidi M. Ravven, professor of religious studies, gave an invited paper at the symposium, Spinoza: Feminist Perspectives/Aspects of Embodiment: The Madeline Renee Turkeltaub Memorial Symposium on Ethics on Feb. 7 at American University.  More ...

Heidi Ravven
Ravven Gives Paper at Joint Meeting

Heidi M. Ravven, professor of religious studies, gave a paper, "What Maimonides and Spinoza Can Teach us About Moral Psychology and Agency," at the annual joint meeting of the Society for Jewish Ethics, Society for Christian Ethics, and Society for the Study of Islamic Ethics in New Orleans, Jan. 6-9.  More ...

Heidi Ravven
Ravven Gives Invited Paper

Heidi M. Ravven, professor of religious studies, gave an invited paper at the Association for Jewish Studies Annual Meeting in Boston on Dec. 21. The paper, "Reviving a Jewish Medieval and Spinozist Model of Moral Agency," was delivered in the session "Re-opening The Conversation Between Jewish Philosophy and Contemporary Science," of the Modern Jewish Thought and Theology section of the AJS.  More ...

S. Brent Plate
Plate Lectures at Cleveland Museum of Art

Visiting Associate Professor of Religious Studies S. Brent Plate presented the lecture "Interreligious Dialogue Through Visual Imagery: Jews, Muslims and Christians in Iberia" at the Cleveland Museum of Art, in conjunction with the Baker-Nord Humanities Center at Case Western Reserve University on Nov. 17.  More ...

Heidi Ravven
Ravven Is Discussant at SUNY Upstate Talk

Professor of Religious Studies Heidi Ravven was a respondent in a discussion of Dr. Brian Johnson's “The Psychoanalysis of a Man with Heroin Dependence: Implications for Neurobiological Theories of Attachment and Drug Craving," published in Neuropsychoanalysis, 2010, 12 (2) pp. 207-215. The discussion took place on Nov. 17 at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse.  More ...

S. Brent Plate
Plate Publishes Articles on Religion in Movies, Music

Visiting Associate Professor of Religious Studies S. Brent Plate published an article titled “Getting Religion at the Cineplex” on the Annenberg School for Communication’s “Trans/Mission” website. He wrote about several recent films that “explore and provoke questions about what it means to be human.”  More ...

S. Brent Plate
WAMC's Academic Minute Features Plate

WAMC/Northeast Public Radio in Albany will feature a reading by Visiting Associate Professor of Religious Studies S. Brent Plate on Tuesday, Oct. 19, as part of the public radio station’s Academic Minute. The new program airs each weekday at 7:37 a.m. and 3:56 p.m. on 90.3 FM in the Clinton area. Plate’s topic addresses the persistence of myth.  More ...

Emerson Gallery Presents the Art of Sand Mandala

On Monday, Oct. 4, nine Buddhist monks from the Gaden Shartse Monastery in Southern India performed an opening consecration ceremony of sacred dance and chanting in the Emerson Gallery atrium before beginning their creation of a sand mandala of compassion. This ancient tradition is a reminder of the Buddhist concept of impermanence.  More ...

S. Brent Plate
Plate Presents Papers in Oxford, Syracuse
Visiting Associate Professor of Religious Studies S. Brent Plate presented a paper at the International Society of Religion, Literature, and Culture conference. Plate's paper, "Face, Ethics, Cinematics" was part of a panel that explored the ethical challenges that can occur in filmic close-ups, especially close ups of the human face. His paper brought work in neurosciences together with film studies and ethics to explore the topic. More ...
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