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03/21/2018

Dr. Norm Finkelstein

10/28/2015

In Defense of the Liberal Arts | YSU Philosophy and Religious Studies

Former graduate has some nice things to say about the value of his liberal arts education at YSU: http://philrel.ysu.edu/2015/10/in-defense-of-the-liberal-arts/

philrel.ysu.edu [The following is a letter received by our department by a former graduate and current Harvard Divinity School student. He has agreed to allow us to post his letter here.]

06/16/2015

Insurgencies, Counterinsurgencies and the Question of 'Buddhist Violence' - PRIO

Michael Jerryson speaks tomorrow at Norway's Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO).

prio.org “Violent” and “extremist” Buddhism in South and Southeast Asia have received global media attention over the last months. The perception of Buddhism as a peaceful religion is being challenged. In this seminar we address the following questions: What is the relationship between Buddhism and violen

06/16/2015

Developing Moral Sensitivity (Routledge Studies in Ethics and Moral Theory)

Dr. Mower's new edited volume is out, Developing Moral Sensitivity.

amazon.com Moral sensitivity affects whether and how we see others, note moral concerns, respond with delicacy, and navigate complex social interactions. Scholars from a variety of fields explore the concept of moral sensitivity and how it develops, beginning with a natural moral capacity for sensitivity to...

01/23/2015

Calling all Graduates: The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies is going to be featured in a YSU Update. As part of that feature, we would like to talk about what our graduates have done since graduation. If you are willing to share your story, please contact Dr. Vopat at [email protected]. We would also be happy to keep your name out and just mention what you have been doing with your degree.

10/26/2014

Dr. Jerryson's scheduled talk at Lubar Institute's conference at the University of Wisconsin.

07/19/2014

Dr. Jerryson giving a talk at the 25th anniversary of the International Centre of Ethnic Studies in Kandy, Sri Lanka.

05/21/2014

George Takei

BREAKING: A federal judge in Harrisburg, PA has struck down that state's ban on same-sex marriage, the second such ruling this week by a federal court and the 14th consecutive ruling in favor of marriage equality.

The judge wrote, "Some of our citizens are made deeply uncomfortable by the notion of same-sex marriage. However, that same-sex marriage causes discomfort in some does not make its prohibition constitutional. Nor can past tradition trump the bedrock constitutional guarantees of due process and equal protection...

"Were that not so, ours would still be a racially segregated nation according to the now rightfully discarded doctrine of ‘separate but equal’...

In future generations the label same-sex marriage will be abandoned, to be replaced simply by marriage.”

Well said, indeed. CONGRATULATIONS, Pennsylvania. Welcome to the right side of history.

05/17/2014

This Is Probably The Funniest, Most Effective Way To Deal With People Who Ignore Science Facts Ever

Good idea!

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05/17/2014

This Is Probably The Funniest, Most Effective Way To Deal With People Who Ignore Science Facts Ever

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04/29/2014

Deborah Mower - Civility -

Dr. Mower's invited talk at the Hauenstein Center on the concept of civility and the conditions of civil disagreement in politics and education.

hauensteincenter.org Deborah Mower examines the concept of civility and the conditions of civil disagreement in politics and education. Although many assume that civility is merely polite behavior, it functions to aid rational discourse. She offers multiple accounts of civility and its contribution to citizenship, delib…

03/13/2014

Tim Cook advises climate change deniers to get out of Apple stock | Apple - CNET News

Tim Cook advises climate change deniers to get out of Apple stock | Apple – CNET News http://wp.me/p3x8aR-2V

ysuphilrel.wordpress.com I am not sure if Apple under Tim Cook is essentially business as usual, or if Cook is coming into his own as a CEO. His pro-environmental policies (even at the expense of profit) seems to be a departure from Jobs’s more modest commitments. At this… [ 124 more words. ]

03/06/2014

The Unexpected Way Philosophy Majors Are Changing The World Of Business

To all of our cherished alumni: check out this great article! (And encourage your relatives, friends, and neighbors to send their kids to YSU's fantastic department):
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/05/why-philosophy-majors-rule_n_4891404.html

huffingtonpost.com Dr. Damon Horowitz quit his technology job and go a Ph.D. in philosophy -- and he thinks you should too. "If you are at all disposed to question what's around you, you'll start to see that there appear to be cracks in the bubble," Horow...

03/05/2014

Just a reminder: The Bruno Party is today at 2:30!
Please join us for fantastic food, free books (yes, FREE books!), music, a poetry reading by the famous Dr. Greenway, and a special appearance by Bruno the Wonderdog (the reincarnation of the brilliant Bruno). Several of his dear doggie friends will also be in attendance (rumor has it that the reincarnation of Isis--now as a gorgeous Doberman--will appear in a collar of gold). Majors, minors, alumni, community members, those who love dogs, and all those who love food are invited to attend! (at the Philosophy and Religious Studies Department, DeBartolo Hall, YSU)

03/03/2014

Accolades for Dr. Mir and the YSU Center for Islamic Studies

Accolades for Dr. Mir and the YSU Center for Islamic Studies http://wp.me/p3x8aR-2L

ysuphilrel.wordpress.com ‘Public Islam’ and the Nordic Welfare State: Changing Realities? 2014 This special issue is the outcome of a generous invitation by the Center for Islamic Studies of Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio, to arrange a seminar on Nordic Islam at… [ 53 more words. ]

11/22/2013

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11/20/2013

Dr. Michael Jerryson in Thailand

Dr. Michael Jerryson in Thailand http://wp.me/p3x8aR-2I

ysuphilrel.wordpress.com Dr. Jerryson recently participated in the “Public Forum on Buddhism and Peace Building: An Invitation to Dialogue.” Close to a hundred people from at least one dozen different countries (Turkey, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Philippines, Thailand,…

11/04/2013

Please join us for the Shipka Speakers Series lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 5th at 12:30 pm.

Professor Jennifer Michael Hecht will be speaking on "Doubt: A History: The Great Doubters and Their Legacy of Innovation from Socrates and Jesus to Thomas Jefferson and Emily Dickinson." Dr. Hecht is the author of seven books of history, philosophy and poetry and currently teaches literature in the MFA program at the New School in New York City.

Her presentation will be followed by a reception in the Ohio Room. This event is free and open to the public. Please call 330-941-3448 for more information.

10/19/2013

The most fantastic event of the year is fast approaching! November 2nd at 6 pm (a Saturday).

Dr. Tessier has put together an amazing event with art, music, poetry, film, and still images and she will be exploring themes from Alice in Wonderland. The title of the event is "The Caterpillar's Question: A Performance Piece" and it will showcase Dr. Tessier, our student club, and the department. Student tickets are $10 (non-student tickets are $25) which includes admission, your dinner (catered by Jeff Crystal catering), and two beverages (beer, soda, and wine).

We would love to have community members and alumni join us for this very special event. For tickets, please call Mary Dillingham at the department office at 330-941-3448.

Thank you for your continued support of our students and our department!

10/16/2013

Dr. Victor Wantatah hosts WYSU's Public Affairs

Dr. Victor Wantatah hosts WYSU's Public Affairs

ysuphilrel.wordpress.com On October 14, 2010, our own Dr. Victor Wan-Tatah talked with Mel Duncan, founding Executive Director of Nonviolent Peaceforce, a civilian peacekeeping organization based in Brussels. You can listen to the show online here. If you want hear more of ……

09/28/2013

Navy Yard Shooting: Why It's Not a Religion Story

Dr. Jerryson's post on Religion Dispatches.

religiondispatches.org What seemed to propel the confusion saturating the media’s initial coverage of Aaron Alexis was the role of religion and, more specifically, the profile on Buddhists. Why would a reporter expect a person of another religion to “pick up a weapon and kill twelve people,” but not a Bu...

09/12/2013

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

"Does YSU “owe its students” training to work in a burgeoning industry such as fracking? Perhaps lost in this question is the nature of education itself. YSU certainly owes its students a liberal arts education that will make them better critical thinkers, more thoughtful and responsible professionals, and more effective contributors to whichever field they choose to enter. But does YSU “owe its students” training to work in the fracking industry? YSU owes its students the opportunity to become leaders--which it can do if STEM were to create innovative programs to train students and develop research on how to mitigate the environmental, health, and economic effects of fracking, many of which will compound over time. Such a program could combine the resources and expertise of disciplines as diverse as political science, economics, geology, geography, and health and human services. YSU owes its students a whole lot more than mere training to work in the fracking industry. It’s common sense: YSU owes students an education."

thejambar.com On September 4, The Jambar Editorial Board provided their official position on fracking and the purpose of higher education — “Get the frack over it” [the new minor at YSU in gas technologies] “exists to provide education in a field that is demanding jobs in a rising industry in the area. And after…

08/15/2013

Dr. Jerryson on the BBC's Beyond Belief

Dr. Jerryson on the BBC's Beyond Belief

ysuphilrel.wordpress.com Dr. Jerryson with be on the BBC program Beyond Belief on Monday 19 August. The program will be available online.

08/14/2013

BBC Radio 4 - Beyond Belief, Buddhism and Violence

An upcoming talk with Dr. Jerryson, Dr. Gethin and a Burmese journalist on the BBC's Beyond Belief, August 19.

bbc.co.uk Ernie Rea and his guests debate whether violence is permitted within Buddhism.

08/12/2013

Reflections On My Studies At YSU - [Guest Post by Cary Dabney]

Reflections On My Studies At YSU - [Guest Post by Cary Dabney]

ysuphilrel.wordpress.com Cary Dabney is a recent graduate of our department. He will be pursuing his graduate studies at Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge Massachusetts this fall. We live in a world today inundated with media that resists any sort of religiously … Continue…

08/10/2013

Starting college? Here’s how to graduate with a job. - The Washington Post

Starting college? Here’s how to graduate with a job. - The Washington Post

ysuphilrel.wordpress.com Some good advice here for new (or relatively new) university students. I wonder what classes a student might take that emphasize these skills?: That means you need to go beyond memorizing and regurgitating information. You need to read critically; to ……

08/05/2013

Buddhists display the same emotions of anger, violence: Michael Jerryson - Times Of India

Buddhists display the same emotions of anger, violence: Michael Jerryson - Times Of India

ysuphilrel.wordpress.com Dr. Jerryson interviewed in the Times of India on Buddhist violence. Buddhists display the same emotions of anger, violence: Michael Jerryson – Times Of India

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