Engaging Minds, Transforming Lives



Spring 2013

  • Laura Hobgood-Oster, professor of Religion and Environmental Studies, is giving an invited lecture at Sewanee (the University of the South) April 11 titled “Journey to the Afterlife: Humans and Dogs Into Eternity?”

  • Laura Hobgood-Oster, professor of religion and environmental studies, has been invited to join the Advisory Council of the National Museum of Animals and Society. The museum focuses on human-animal studies, animal protection history, and humane education. Each year it launches two or three online or travelling exhibits, reaches 1,300 students with its free humane education programs, acquires hundreds of items for its collection, library and archive, and welcomes student interns. Other members of the Advisory Council include internationally recognized scholars Marc Bekoff, Linda Kalof, Gary Steiner and Brett Mizelle.

Fall 2012

  • Elaine Craddock, professor of religion, presented a paper titled “Altered Bodies and Alternative Lives: Tirunangai Communities in Tamilnadu” on a panel called “Re-figuring Bodies That Matter: Sex, Gender, and Alternative Bodily Identities in South Asian Traditions” at the American Academy of Religion meeting held Nov. 18 in Chicago.

  • Laura Hobgood-Oster, professor of religion and environmental studies and holder of the Elizabeth Root Paden Chair, will be a guest lecturer at the National Cathedral Oct. 16. Hobgood-Oster is giving a lecture titled “Animals at Home on the Earth: Lessons for People of Faith.” Read more here.

Spring 2012

  • Elaine Craddock, professor and chair of the Religion Department, presented a paper at the annual Tamil Studies Conference held at the University of California at Berkeley April 20-22. The paper was titled “Beauty and Power on the Pageant Stage” and explored the beauty pageant stage as one site in which members of the Tamil transgender community negotiate their identities.