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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…

Conversation With Timur Kuran

Conversation With Timur Kuran

December 18, 2006

Timur Kuran is a professor of economics and law in USC College and the King Faisal Professor of Islamic Thought and Culture. More than 20 years ago, he wrote an influential paper explaining how the long history of Islam…

Bringing Religion into International Relations

Bringing Religion into International Relations

November 1, 2006

For the first time, USC College will offer courses designed to teach students to work in a world where religious identity increasingly plays an integral role in shaping global policies.“We’re preparing our future…

Political Scientist Earns Fellowship

Political Scientist Earns Fellowship

October 13, 2006

For her work on how immigrants are changing the face of the religious right, USC College professor Janelle Wong has been named a Woodrow Wilson Center Fellow for the 2006-07 academic year. Wong, an associate professor with…

Heirs to Wisdom

Heirs to Wisdom

July 1, 2006

This June USC College launched a new program dedicated to passing on knowledge from senior African-American church leaders to the next generation of Los Angeles clergy and congregational leaders.Passing the Mantle, supported…

There's Something More About Mary

There's Something More About Mary

May 1, 2006

Religion Professor Ronald Hock opened a coffee table-sized art book to Leonardo da Vinci’s, “The Last Supper.” Hock pointed to the figure at the right hand of Jesus in the 15th century painting, based on…

Good Intentions Are Not Always Enough

Good Intentions Are Not Always Enough

October 6, 2005

More than compassion is required when it comes to the effectiveness of faith-based efforts with those in need, says a USC College sociology professor. By Usha Sutliff Faith-based efforts to help people in need will not…