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Robert Campany, chair and professor of religion and professor of East Asian languages and cultures, studies the religions of ancient China, focusing on the Daoist, Buddhist and Confucian traditions. Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson

May You Stay Forever Young

May 26, 2009

Before plastic surgery and botox, an ancient culture had a different way of dealing with the quest for eternal youth. Why not simply live forever? In medieval China, third century B.C., people believed it possible to be 800…

Can Shared Beliefs Clash With Values?

Can Shared Beliefs Clash With Values?

June 1, 2008

The values that most people grow up with and are instilled by the faith they follow — helping the poor, feeding the hungry, loving your neighbor — do not always unite religious groups attempting to tackle community…

International Relations Professor Named Carnegie Scholar

International Relations Professor Named Carnegie Scholar

April 1, 2008

The Carnegie Corporation of New York announced April 4 that Laurie Brand, director of the USC School of International Relations, has been named a 2008 Carnegie Scholar. One of only 20 academics to receive the Carnegie award,…

USC College Institutes Sponsor Tolerance Conference

USC College Institutes Sponsor Tolerance Conference

March 1, 2008

  The USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute (EMSI) and the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education (SFI) are co-sponsoring a conference, “Religious Tolerance and Intolerance from the…

The Pentecostal Phenomenon

March 1, 2008

  As Europeans and Americans slowly turn away from mainline churches, Pentecostalism is winning the souls of those in developing nations. It’s a worldwide phenomenon that Donald Miller, Leonard K. Firestone…

The Power of Redemption

The Power of Redemption

February 1, 2008

In a world where self-reliance is both respected and revered, Anthony Kemp believes in the need to remain open to things “that can revolutionize the way you think.” Kemp, associate professor of English in USC…

Engaging Ritual

Engaging Ritual

November 1, 2007

On the 13th day of every month, at around 10:30 a.m., the Virgin Mary appears in the Mojave Desert. Invariably, the sun shines bright, and always, Maria Paula Acuña is there to see the image in the sky. A crowd gathers…

God’s Biographer Takes On Islamic Extremism

God’s Biographer Takes On Islamic Extremism

October 1, 2007

Opening a USC conference on religion and international relations, author Jack Miles lamented mass confusion about America’s role in Islamic politics and said that, in fact, for the past four decades American presidents…

Bibliophile Lazar Plans Special Tome

Bibliophile Lazar Plans Special Tome

June 1, 2007

  Scholar Moshe Lazar, who has been described as “a one-man humanities department,” is a bibliophile of epic proportions. Over the decades, he collected rare books from around the world as he traveled and…

Living Beyond the Clamor of the Self

Living Beyond the Clamor of the Self

March 13, 2007

Two interfaith leaders recently grappled with “The Moral Morass of Contemporary Life” at a gathering in Doheny Memorial Library. Moderated by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Jack Miles, the discussion between George…