Areas of Strength and Cross Disciplinary Foci

Asian History and Religion

SHPR offers a wide range of courses that introduce students to diverse perspectives on Asia. Encompassing politics, culture, religion, and philosophy, these courses reflect the research expertise and strength of the faculty, and are enhanced by study abroad opportunities, experiential learning, and other educational processes beyond the traditional classroom. Our course offerings intersect with other programs on campus, including a minor in Asian Studies, and certificates in Contemplative Studies and Yoga studies.  By meeting the demonstrably high student demand for knowledge about Asia, these courses cultivate an awareness of the importance of Asia in global society, and support student curiosity into the visions of life which Asian cultures offer.

Ethics

The study of Ethics provides tools for responsible participation as professionals and citizens, and teaches skills for reflecting on individual and social obligations. Ethics also explores interpretations of what it means to create a live a “good life,” fundamental for college students as they shape their lives as adults. We have a "Philosophy of Happiness" class in the works to help students pursue this goal.

Medical Humanities

Medical Humanities is an online and on-campus certificate. By confronting moral, historical, psychological and ethical dimensions of health, medicine and the healing professions, students in our interdisciplinary program learn to empathize with the suffering and experiences of others and reflect critically on ideas of wellness, disability, medical knowledge, practice, and discourse.

United States History

USA history classes provide a deep understanding of change over time, the ability to view the world from various and often unfamiliar perspectives, and crucial historical context for “how we got here.” Drawing on documentary films, political speeches, government reports, oral history testimony, and popular music, students explore crucial events, debates, and changes in society, economics, politics, and world affairs, as they become part of an informed and engaged community of global citizens. Students develop their skills in reading carefully and efficiently, weighing evidence critically, and writing clearly and persuasively.

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Listen to an interview with Dr. Nicole von Germeten about her new book “Profit and Passion: Transactional Sex in Colonial Mexico”

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Jun 14, 2018

Nicole Von Germeten, “Profit and Passion: Transactional Sex in Colonial Mexico” (U California Press, 2018)  

Kudos to Dr. Rena Lauer on her recent Medieval Academy Publication Subvention award!

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Jun 6, 2018

We are very pleased to announce that the 2018 Medieval Academy Publication Subvention has been awarded to Rena Lauer (Oregon State University) to support the publication of her forthcoming monograph,Colonial Justice and the Jews of Venetian Crete (Philadelphia: University of … Continue reading

Food of the Faithful – Tibetan studies scholar Geoffrey Barstow explores the limits of Buddhism

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Jun 4, 2018

Available sources almost universally agree that meat is delicious. Perhaps more importantly, meat is often considered necessary for human health. Compassion, placing the needs of others before ones own, lies at the very center of Tibetan religious rhetoric and self-conception. … Continue reading

Religious studies program sees increase in non-religious students

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May 7, 2018

Community members call for increased recognition of different religions from university. Among adults in Oregon, 68 percent of people identify as participants of a major religion, according to Pewforums 2016 survey. Being a university that is home to both domestic … Continue reading

Check out Dr. Marisa Chappell’s contribution to this new book Democracy and the Welfare State: The Two Wests in the Age of Austerity

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Dec 13, 2017

After World War II, states on both sides of the Atlantic enacted comprehensive social benefits to protect working people and constrain capitalism. A widely shared consensus specifically linked social welfare to democratic citizenship, upholding greater equality as the glue that … Continue reading

School of History, Philosophy, and Religion Events

School of History, Philosophy, and Religion Events

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Feb
21
2019

The Collapse of Nuclear Disarmament and Nonproliferation at Bexell Hall

Join us for an informal round-table panel discussion from various points of view, followed by q and a with the audience. Panelists: Mahal Miles (Public Health) Linda Marie Richards (SHPR) Camille Palmer (Nuclear Science…
Feb
28
2019

White Nationalism, the Academy, and the Nation at LaSells Stewart Center

A Conversation with author and Pulitzer Prize winner Eli Saslow, hosted by Dr. Eliza Young Barstow. Saslow is a regular contributor to The Washington Post, and most recently authored Rising…
Mar
04
2019

American Islamophobia with Professor Khaled Beydoun at Memorial Union Building (MU)

Join Professor of Law Khaled Beydoun in a discussion about his book American Islamophobia, which explores the rise and roots of fear surrounding Muslims in the United States. At the…
Mar
05
2019

Nation of Immigrants: A Short History of An Idea - Lecture by Mae Ngai 2018-19 University of OR, Wayne Morse Chair at Memorial Union Building (MU)

Ngai is a professor of Asian American Studies and history at Columbia University. Her research focuses on immigration, citizenship, and nationalism. She is the author of Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens…
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