Dr. Jonathan Y. Tan
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THEO 111H
THEOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS (HONORS)

(Religion, Globalization & Pluralism)

LECTURE REPORTS

All students are required to attend any four (4) on-campus public lectures from the following list and write a report for each lecture. Each lecture report is worth 5% of your final grade (See Grading Computation for more information).
  1. 1 Feb (Sun): Emerging Diseases: How Darwinian Thinking Helps To Distinguish The Few Grave Threats From The Many Fizzers
    By Dr. Paul Ewald, Professor of Biology and Director of the Program on Disease Evolution at University of Louisville
    Schiff Family Conference Center, Banquet Room 2, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    REPORT DUE DATE: 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, 5 February 2009

  2. 9 Feb (Mon): Greg Coleridge and Nancy Bertaux on Economic Systems (Vision of Hope Speaker Series)
    GSC Theater, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
    REPORT DUE DATE: 5:00 p.m. on Friday, 13 February 2009

  3. 18 Feb (Wed): The Tragedy of Darfur and Sudan: A dialogue with Omer Ismail and Simon Deng
    Duff Banquet Room, Schiff Family Conference Center, Cintas Center, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
    REPORT DUE DATE: 5:00 p.m. on Monday, 23 February 2009

  4. 23 Feb (Mon): Stand Up: Be The Change. Stories of Power and Hope
    Speakers: Michel Chikwanine (from the Democratic Republic of Congo) & Katie Meyler (representing the international NGO, Free the Children)
    Schiff Family Conference Center, Cintas Center, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
    REPORT DUE DATE: 5:00 p.m. on Friday, 27 February 2009

  5. 25 Feb (Wed): Understanding Haiti Culture & Development
    Speaker: Karen Richman, Director of the Migration and Border Studies Center at the University of Notre Dame's Institute for Latino Studies
    Duff Banquet Room, Schiff Family Conference Center, Cintas Center, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
    REPORT DUE DATE: 5:00 p.m. on Monday, 2 March 2009

  6. 12 Mar (Thu): Three Comics, Three Faiths: An Interfaith Comedy Show
    Three comics, Dan Ahdoot, Kumail Nanjiani, and Jordan Carlos will be doing an evening show at the Cintas Center.
    IMPORTANT: Please note CHANGES in VENUE & TIME: Kelley Auditorium, Alter Hall, 3:00-4:30 p.m. (panel discussion), 8:30 p.m. at Cintas Center(performance [tickets required])
    While you are welcome to enjoy the 8:30 p.m. performance, please write your report based on the topics and issues raised in the 3:00 p.m. panel discussion at Kelley Auditorium, Alter Hall.
    REPORT DUE DATE: 5:00 p.m. on Monday, 16 March 2009

  7. 15 Mar (Sun): When Truth Becomes Dangerous: Religion and Violence
    Speaker: Paul Knitter, Paul Tillich Professor of theology, World Religions and Culture, Union Theological Seminary, New York City
    Duff Banquet Room, Schiff Family Conference Center, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
    REPORT DUE DATE: 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, 19 March 2009

  8. 16 Mar (Mon): How the Buddha Helps Me Be A Christian
    Speaker: Paul Knitter, Paul Tillich Professor of theology, World Religions and Culture, Union Theological Seminary, New York City
    Conaton Board Room, Schmidt Hall, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
    REPORT DUE DATE: 5:00 p.m. by Friday, 20 March 2009

  9. 25 Mar (Wed:) "Witnesses for Faith:" The Struggle for Environmental Justice and Human Rights in Brazil
    Speaker: Brother Rodrigo de Castro Amedee Peret, a Brazilian Franciscan friar, and civil engineer
    Duff Banquet Room, Schiff Family conference Center, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
    REPORT DUE DATE: 5:00 p.m. on Monday, 31 March 2009

  10. 29 Mar (Sun): An Age of Turbulence: Global Environmental History Since 1890
    By Professor John R. McNeill, School of Foreign Service & History Department, Georgetown University
    Schiff Family Conference Center, Cintas Center, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
    REPORT DUE DATE: 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, 2 April 2009

  11. 2 Apr (Thu): Fr. Ben Urmston on the Vision of Hope
    GSC Theater, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
    REPORT DUE DATE: 5:00 p.m. on Monday, 6 April 2008

  12. 5 Apr (Sun): Some Like It Hot ... But Lots More Do Not: The Changing Climate of U.S. Politics
    By Dr. David W. Orr, the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics and Chair of the Environmental Studies Program at Oberlin College
    Schiff Family Conference Center, Cintas Center, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
    REPORT DUE DATE: 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, 9 April 2009

  13. 17 Apr (Fri): Reza Aslan's Public Lecture at Wright State University (Dayton, OH)
    This is an off-campus event. See above link for more information. May be used for 5% lecture reports or extra credit.
    REPORT DUE DATE: 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, 22 April 2009
Clickable (blue) links to additional online information about each lecture will be activated when information about the lectures and speakers becomes available. Please check back regularly for more information.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR WRITING THE LECTURE REPORTS
  1. Please write a 3-4 page double-spaced and typed report for each lecture that you attend. The lecture report should:

    • summarize the speaker's/speakers' presentation(s) and identify the insights and implications that are raised;

    • summarize the issues raised by the audience during the Question-and-Answer segment;

    • conclude with your own critical analysis and assessment of the speaker's/speakers' discussion(s) of the issues and responses in the Question-and-Answer segment; and

    • be in Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, or OpenOffice format. If you are using Microsoft Works, please save in Microsoft Word format.

  2. Please check the spelling and grammar of your reports before e-mailing them to ProfessorJTan@gmail.com within the deadline specified above. Please do not submit a printed copy of your report or paste your report in the main body of your e-mail.

  3. All submissions that are 1-5 days late will automatically received a full letter grade reduction.

  4. Please be warned that the instructor will not accept any report that is more than five (5) days late, and will accordingly assign a zero for non-submission of that report.

  5. Please pay attention to the Theology Department's Guidelines for Written Assignments when you write your reports, and make use of the resources offered by Xavier University's James A. Glenn Writing Center if you require assistance in writing your reports.

Revision 2.0.0009. Originally created: 21 December 2007. Last updated: 23 February 2009.
© Copyright Jonathan Y. Tan, 2007-2009. All rights reserved.
REQUIRED
TEXTBOOKS:


Reza Aslan
No God But God
(Random, 2006)



Robert Wuthnow
America and the
Challenges of
Religious Diversity

(Princeton,
2005)


Bruce Lawrence
New Faiths,
Old Fears

(Columbia, 2004)


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