Monthly Archives: September 2012

What’s belief got to do with it?

By Kelly Baker “They don’t really believe that, do they?” is a refrain that I find familiar, expected and, frankly, tiring. As someone who researches white supremacists and doomsday prophets, I should be used to it. The query confronts me … Continue reading

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Field Notes: Conference on Religion and Law in America

The Florida State University Department of Religion is pleased to announce the Conference on Religion and Law in America March 22-23, 2013 Tallahassee, Florida This conference will address the evolving relationship between religion and law throughout American history. Dr. Winnifred … Continue reading

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Cartoons, Violence, and Matters of Class

By Matt Sheedy The discourse surrounding media events like the “Danish Cartoons” and Innocence of Muslims has largely focused on the issue of freedom of expression–at least in the “West,” where such putative categories prevail. For example, with the recent … Continue reading

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“Your class is hard.”

By Craig Martin Students often complain that my class is hard. My short answer is simple: “Someone has got to be your hardest professor—it might as well be me.” My longer response has more substance. “How many of you wish my … Continue reading

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ParaNorman: Shame, Zombies, Justice

By Donovan Schaefer Laika studio’s phenomenal animated film ParaNorman, like all good kids movies, works on several intellectual levels, delighting our children but also using the fairy tale genre to address thematic complexes with grown-up implications.  (What follows is a … Continue reading

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Templeton and the Dalai Lama

By Craig Martin The AAR just announced that the Dalai Lama will be speaking at their 2012 Annual Meeting in Chicago as part of a Templeton event: His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader whose long-standing engagement … Continue reading

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“West Virginia is one big portal!” Reflections on the Eleventh Annual Mothman Festival – Part 2

By Joseph Laycock When my partner and I crossed the border into West Virginia, the first thing I noticed were the billboards and radio attack ads. Both parties, it seemed, supported coal and hated the EPA.  An ad for Senator … Continue reading

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