Fall 2012 Third year seminars HOPR 3953

HOPR 3953, Section 901
Catharine Malloy, Office of the Provost

In this course we read selected poems in which place assumes key relevance in the search for meaning. By exploring landscapes of the imagination, students become familiar with poetry’s unique ability to express the ineluctable in the rhythm and cadence of the poetic line. We read poetry by Modern and contemporary writers selected from the following: W.B. Yeats, Louis MacNeice, Michael Longley, Seamus Heaney, Derek Mahon, T.S. Eliot, Wallace Stevens, William Carlos Williams, and others.

HOPR 3953, Section 902
New Religious Movements in the 20th Century
C. Shaun Longstreet, Ph.D.  Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity
Director, Center for Teaching and Learning

In the last century, the world saw the rise of many new religious movements. Participants in this course explore several examples of emergent belief communities and along the way ask three principal questions.  Our study begins with a look at the development of Wiccan traditions in the United States, and we inquire what is religion as a social and cultural phenomenon?  While we explore apocalyptic Buddhism in Japan and the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, we ask what prompts the development of new religious communities.  Then, as we learn about the emergence of UFO religious traditions and the rise of Falun Gong, we assess the variety of ways that new religious movements adapt as they grow.  Nowhere is the religious impulse more evident than when a belief community forms and works to create its own identity and faith structures.  This course is an opportunity for Marquette students who are looking to engage with a variety of religious perspectives, perspectives most likely removed from their own experience.  We do this in an empathetic and sophisticated manner; while doing so, we can cultivate new understandings of religion as a powerful element in human cultures. 



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