by Madalyn Johnson, Asst. A&E Editor David Shefferman, Ph.D., has been an associate professor in religious studies at Manhattan College for quite some time. Originally from the Virginia side of Washington, D.C., Shefferman has outstanding credentials that showcase his expertise in studies of religion and teaching in general. He shares great passion and devotion in making students very self-aware about religious practices that, although are deemed cultish … Continue reading Shefferman Reflects on Fifteen Years at Manhattan College and Touches on his Passion for Teaching
Theresa Watts is both a religious studies and international studies major, with a concentration in Africa and the Middle East. She plans to graduate in May of 2018. As this date is quickly approaching, Watts continues to work on her passion project, which is also conveniently her honors thesis. More specifically, Watts plans to research and report the role that Arabs had during the Holocaust, … Continue reading Theresa Watts Explores Colonialism, Holocaust, Religion and More
by Shannon Glebba Staff Writer Manhattan College’s Religious Studies department has undergone a change in leadership as Robert Geraci, Ph.D., took over the position as department chair. The position opened up after Professor Michele Saracino, Ph.D., finished her term as chair last year. The process of deciding on a new chairperson is fairly simple, and Geraci explained that the entire religious studies department was involved in … Continue reading Geraci Takes Over Religious Studies Dept.
by John Jackson Staff Writer The religious studies department at Manhattan College has had its share of changes in terms of curriculum and courses offered over the years. In the last half century, there have been a few notable changes to the curriculum overall. Before the 1970s, when the school was not yet officially a coeducational institution, students took 16 credits in what was then … Continue reading The Evolution of the Religious Studies Curriculum
by Joseph Liggio & Ryan K. Gangadin Asst. Editor & Contributor Last Wednesday, the departments of religious studies and sociology hosted an eye-opening lecture on the coexistence of science and religion, presented by Renny Thomas of New Delhi, India. “Beyond Dualism: Anthropology of ‘Science and Religion’ in Contemporary India,” was hosted as part of the Religion Matters lecture series, and explored the connection between leading Indian scientists … Continue reading The Coexistence of Science and Religion
While staying in a hotel just 50 meters from the initial terrorist attacks on Charlie Hebdo offices, students at Manhattan College who studied abroad this winter break in Paris found themselves in the middle of the action that drew international attention and support. “It was cool to see that France was putting on a united front,” student Shannon Butler said of witnessing the aftermath and … Continue reading Study Abroad Group Witnessed Charlie Hebdo Aftermath
Manhattan College lists its most popular majors as civil engineering, communications, management, childhood education and biology. But what about the other few thousand students on campus? Students enrolled in smaller major programs on campus find that they are having very different experiences than their peers who have declared a major with a higher enrollment. But with each smaller program comes its own unique strengths, offerings … Continue reading At MC, Smaller Majors Pack a Punch
On Friday afternoon, students and faculty gathered on the quad to read selections from civil rights documents, most notably Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.” The event was organized following the recent court decisions involving the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO and Eric Garner on Staten Island, NY. The lack of indictments in both cases has ignited protest related to police brutality and … Continue reading Photo Gallery: Civil Rights Read-Aloud On the Quad