News, Events and information from MU’s Center on Religion & the Professions (CORP)
Oct. 16, 2009
The Center on religion continues with its interdisciplinary research and programing in the 2009-2010 academic year, including:
Creating, delivering and evaluating interventions to dating and teen intimate violence through faith-based institutions
Measuring online news consumers’ desires for religion news
Developing profession-specific curriculum to improve cultural competencies regarding religion
Evaluating online models for teaching religious literacy
CENTER SPONSORED EVENTS
THROUGH Dec. 24. Exhibition: “The Sacred Feminine, Prehistory to Postmodernity,” a multi-media art exhibition exploring themes in religious images of women from antiquity to the present. Co-sponsored by CORP, the Center for Arts and the Humanities, and the MU departments of Religious Studies, Art History and Archaeology, and Women’s and Gender Studies. Free. Museum of Art and Archaeology, Pickard Hall, University of Missouri. For museum hours and information, visit maa.missouri.edu.
Course Completed: CORP and affiliates recently completed their first offering of “Religious Literacy for the Public and Professions” (Religious Studies 3100), which was taught online this summer through MU Extension’s Center for Distance and Independent Learning. The course provided practical knowledge about religion as it is encountered in the professional world in a pluralistic society. Participants in the class underwent pre- and post-class testing on religious literacy. An analysis of the results of these tests will be featured as a case study in a monograph series published by the Society for Values in Higher Education.
Groundbreaking Collaboration Between Religion, Health Care Journalists: CORP was a co-sponsor, along with Religion Newswriters Association and the Association of Health Care Journalists, of a recent workshop on the role of religion in health care. The program, “Spirituality and Health: A Workshop for Journalists on Understanding the Relationships Among Faith, Culture and Health,” was held Sept. 9-10 in Minneapolis and was attended by more than 50 journalists, including those from the Boston Globe, USA Today, The Associated Press and Sojourners. The event was the first of its kind in which religion and health care journalists collaborated in specialized reporting training. Topics included a history of the medical-religion debate, religion’s role in culturally competent hospital and medical training, new boundaries in bioethics, spirituality and health care policy, and the intersection of palliative care and spiritual needs.
Religion Reporting Students Collaborate on Radio Stories: Students in “Religion Reporting and Writing” (Journalism 7426), taught at MU in the Winter 2009 semester by CORP director Debra L. Mason, collaborated with reporters at KBIA/91.3 FM, Columbia’s NPR affiliate, to produce several news stories on race and religion in Columbia. The stories were aired during the summer.
OTHER CAMPUS AND COMMUNITY EVENTS
Nov. 27 Nomination Deadline: Columbia Values Diversity Awards, to be handed out for the 13th year at the 17th annual Columbia Values Diversity Celebration on Jan. 14, 2010. Nominate any individual, family, or organization you feel should be recognized for their significant impact in promoting appreciation for diversity and cultural understanding. All nominations must be received by noon on Friday, Nov. 27. Nomination forms may be accessed on Columbia’s Office of Community Services Web site at http://www.gocolumbiamo.com/CommunityServices/Programs/CVDC/Awards/index.php.
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