Tuesday, February 24, 2009

March 16: Deadline for CERIS Undergraduate Research Symposium

MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2009

Submissions for CERIS Undergraduate Research Symposium
The CERIS Undergraduate Research Symposium is designed to provide undergraduate students at CERIS member institutions with research experience and an opportunity to develop presentation skills, as well as to provide recognition of excellent student scholarship. Total prizes of up to $500 will be awarded.
With the 2009 theme of Islam in the World: Politics, People, Places, students may submit papers with topics such as: Dubai and the Credit Crunch; Hamas: Freedom Fighters or Terrorists; Fashion Fusion: Turkish Art and German Design; Rap, Rock and the Muslim Faithful in Indonesia; Muslims in American Democratic Discourse. Students should keep in mind that Islamic Studies encompasses many languages, literatures, and disciplines. It extends from the seventh century to the present, and includes broad geographical areas of the world. Islamic Studies can include but is not limited to history, religion, law, politics, sociology, science, art and culture, language and literature. Students from all majors are eligible to participate in the symposium. Research papers need not be written just for this symposium, but can be the result of work for current or previous classroom requirements.
For more information and an application, visit http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/ceris/09Symp.html .

Thursday February 26: Lecture on Gratian's Tractatus de penitentia

Department of History, European History Colloquium presents:

A Treatise in the Spirit of its Age: Universality, Individualism, and Dynamism in Gratian's Tractatus de penitentia (ca. 1133-1140)

Atria A. Larson
4:00 pm
3703 Posvar Hall

World History Center Photo Contest

The World History Center is sponsoring a photo contest in an effort to spotlight global photography of the University of Pittsburgh students to exhibit in the Center for a period of one year. This contest is open to undergraduate as well as graduate students at the University of Pittsburgh. I have attached the flyer and submission form. If you have any further questions please feel free to contact me.

Regina McDonald Russian
Center Administrator
World History Center
3900 W. Wesley Posvar Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Tuesday March 3: "Big Idea" Contest

Nine student finalists compete for $5,000
Network with Pitt alums, local entrepreneurs and program sponsors
And…vote in person for the idea you like best … help to select the $500 Wild Card Winner!
When: Tuesday, March 3rd at 6pm

Where: William Pitt Union Lower Lounge (large room with glass windows facing the Cathedral of Learning)
RSVP: Dr. Michael S. Lehman at mslehman@katz.pitt.edu
Bring a friend or colleague to help us build a powerful network with the movers and shakers in entrepreneurship at the University of Pittsburgh!

Big Idea Sponsors:

Allegheny County Economic Development
Blue Tree Allied Angels
Bridgeway Capital
Innovation Works
Meyer Unkovic & Scott LLP
Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development
Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh
Wilke & Associates LLP

Friday, February 20, 2009

Medieval and Renaissance Studies Essay Contest

The University of Pittsburgh Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program is pleased to announce its annual award for


$300 in prize money will be awarded!

Papers written for an undergraduate course in any discipline are eligible as long as they focus on topics concerning the medieval and/or early modern periods. The relevant dates might extend from the seventh century through the seventeenth century. Papers should be between 8 and 15 pages.

Please turn in three copies by 4 p.m. on Friday, April 3rd to the mailbox of Amy Nichols located in the Department of French and Italian, CL 1328. Include a cover sheet with the following information: 1) your name, 2) title of paper 3) course name and semester taken, and 4) instructor’s name. Note that only the title of your paper (not your name or the course name) should appear in the body of the paper.

Questions? Please contact MRST Director Jennifer Waldron (jwaldron@pitt.edu)

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Advising and Registration Appointments

Sign-up sheets are now posted outside my office door, 2603 CL.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Congratulations to Nate Hilberg

Many of you know Dr. Nate Hilberg as an advisor in the Honors College and as a part-time instructor for the department. Please join the department in congratulating him on the publication of his book:
Religious Truth and Religious Diversity(Peter Lang, 2009).


February 23: Lecture: David W. Montgomery: "Islam and Authority in the Kyrgyz Republic"

University of Pittsburgh
Department of Anthropology

David W. Montgomery
Postdoctoral Fellow, Religion, Conflict and Peacebuilding Initiative
Emory University

“Experience, Morality, Islam, and Authority in the Kyrgyz Republic (With
a Comparative Note on Albania)”

Monday, February 23, 2009
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Anthropology Lounge
3106 WWPH

The reemerging presence of religion in Central Asia has led political
leaders to view increased Islamic practice as a "radical" threat to the
state. This fear creates a discourse of danger that caricatures banned
Islamic groups in the Kyrgyz Republic yet ignores how experience frames
understandings of morality, the legitimacy of authority, and the structures
drawn upon to maintain local order. Attending to experience as a category
of analysis makes sense of a "radical" turn from corrupt civil law to
tradition or religion, and reveals how local knowledge animates and
regulates everyday life.

Present your research in Harrisburg!

The University of Pittsburgh will select 3 undergraduate students to participate in
Undergraduate Research at the Capitol, a poster conference in Harrisburg, PA,
on Tuesday, March 24, 2009. All expenses will be covered for the 3 students chosen to
participate. All participants are from universities and colleges in the Commonwealth.
Date: Tuesday, March 24, 2009
(Students will travel to Harrisburg and stay overnight on Mar. 23)
Location: East Wing Rotunda, Capitol Building, Harrisburg
Time: 8:00am – 4:00pm
Activities: Poster Session, Recognition in the House Chamber, Presentation
on the Legislative Process, Meetings with Legislators.
Poster Size: 4-feet wide by 3-feet tall; a template will be provided.
To be considered for participation, submit requested information in a MS-Word file to
Professor Grabowski (joeg@pitt.edu) by Monday, March 2, 2009, 5:00pm.
Students selected will be notified on Tuesday, March 3, 2009, and will work with Prof.
Grabowski to prepare their materials for submission to the conference by Friday, March 6,
Interested students are encouraged to contact Professor Grabowski immediately, even if their
abstract and contact information are not yet prepared.
Abstract Format
Title (All CAPITAL letters, no italics except for
foreign words):
Name of Author(s):
Name of Advisor(s):
Department, Institution:
Research Sponsor (if different from
Abstract (150-200 words, all in sentences, no
bold or underline, no references, no italics
except for foreign words):
Contact Information
(Main Student Presenter Only)
Email Address:
Permanent Address:
Campus Mailing Address:
Academic Major:
Year of Study:
Special Needs:
Institution Name:
Name of Faculty Mentor or Advisor:
Advisor’s Phone:
Advisor’s Email Address:

Career Shadow Program

Get a Competitive Edge to Prepare for Your Job of the Future
Learn about a field and gain contacts too.
An Invitation to participate in Job Shadowing with a Pitt Alum
Student Application Procedure and Timeline

Job shadowing is a one day observation experience where you go to the workplace of an alum and follow them through their day at an agreed upon date during spring break. The application process will be electronic through the Career Development web site, www.careers.pitt.edu. You will review the alumni by fields and select up to 3 in rank order that match your interest.

You should submit a resume and a (cover letter) stating the numbers of the placements
for which you would like to be considered (up to 3 in rank order) and a statement of why you are interested to the email link on the site. Transportation to the shadow site is the responsibility of the student.

The procedure will follow the timeline below. In order to participate, you will be required to attend a preparation session. When selected you will be notified by email. Alumni are asked to email you if you have been selected for the experience to arrange details. If you do not hear from an alum, contact the Career Development Office at imentor@pitt.edu.

The alumni will then telephone you to discuss what you hope to learn and to finalize the details. Give this some thought because they will be seeking your guidance on what you want to learn.
When the program is over we will ask you to complete an evaluation of the program, and of course, ask you to send a thank you note to the alum sponsor along with a copy to Career Development either by email imentor@pitt.edu or to Career Development, University of Pittsburgh, 224 WPU, Pittsburgh, PA 15260.

February 6 – Opportunities are posted on the Career Development web site for students to review.
February 20 – Application submission deadline for students
February 27 - Deadline for matching (You will be notified if matched or not.)
February 27, or March 2 12:00 pm Attend one Mandatory Preparation session
March 5 – Deadline for alumni to contact students to arrange the dates of the experience. (We are recommending spring break week, March 9 – 13 if convenient for each of you.


1. Visit the Career Development website at www.careers.pitt.edu and click on “Panthers Shadow for students” between February 6 and February 20.
2. Click “List of opportunities”
3. Review the list of opportunities and then prepare to submit your application.
4. Click the email address link and type your 2 to 3 paragraph statement of interest in the email or attach one that you have done on MSWord. Indicate the specific number of the placement(s) [up to 3] Attach your resume to your email and submit the application to the link on the site.
5. Once the applications have been reviewed you will be notified if you were matched and with whom.

February 19: Hannah Johnson lecture: "Allegories of Violence: The Medieval Ritual Murder Accusation and Scholarly Projects of Memory"

The University of Pittsburgh Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program presents

Hannah Johnson
(Department of English, University of Pittsburgh)

“Allegories of Violence:
The Medieval Ritual Murder Accusation and Scholarly
Projects of Memory”

Thursday, February 19th
4:30 p.m.
Cathedral of Learning
Room 501

Hannah R. Johnson earned her Ph.D. from Princeton University after receiving an M.A. in Medieval Studies from the University of York (UK). Her teaching and research interests encompass medieval historical writing and modern historiography, contemporary philosophies of history, and the literary aspects of medieval cultural forms committed to truth-telling projects, such as saints’ lives and travel narratives. Her book manuscript, "Crimes and Libels: The Ethics of Memory and the Medieval Ritual Murder Accusation in Jewish History,” examines the intersection of ethical commitments and methodological questions in modern historical writing about the ritual murder accusation. Her most recent article, “Rhetoric’s Work: Thomas of Monmouth and the History of Forgetting,” appeared in volume 9 (2008) of New Medieval Literatures. She has been the recipient of a Mellon fellowship and several research awards.

Professor Johnson’s talk will be followed directly by the MRST Open House Reception
All Pitt/PCMRS students, faculty, partners, and friends are welcome!
Questions? Please contact MRST Director Jennifer Waldron (jwaldron@pitt.edu)

Registration for Summer and Fall

Registration for summer term is now open. To register: e-mail me for an appointment or come to my office hours or wait for your advising/registration appointment for the fall term.

Registration for next fall: Registration for seniors begins Thursday March 19 (if you will have 84 or more credits by the end of this term you are eligible) and for everyone else on Monday March 23.

Look for sign-up sheets for appointment times outside my office door (2603 CL) later this week.

You can sign up for an advising time before registration begins and/or for an appointment time during registration period. If you want to register at the first possible moment, schedule a meeting before registration and we will fill out a registration form together that you can take to the Registrar.

BEFORE you come to any meeting:
--Look over the major requirements and checklist on-line.
--Think about what major requirements and gen-ed requirements you have left.
--Look at courses for the fall on Peoplesoft AND on Course Descriptions.
--Take note of the 5 digit course numbers for all courses and associated recitations, labs.
--For cross-listed courses, take note of the 5 digit numbers for all sections of the course.
--If a course needs departmental permission--from Honors College or from another department, you must secure that permission before you see me for registration or before you take the form to the Registrar. (Remember that some RELGST courses are Honors College courses; even though you are a RELGST major you still need the UHC permission to take these courses.)
--If you have another major and you want to register with me, you should see your other advisor before your meeting with me.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Friday February 13 Honors College Lecture: Yoga as Sport

Yoga as Sport: From the Sublime to the Ridiculous?

Professor Joseph Alter
Department of Anthropology

2:15 P.M.
Friday, February 13, 2009
3500 Cathedral of Learning

Joseph Alter is a sociocultural anthropologist whose area of interest is
South Asia and especially medical anthropology on topics of physical
fitness, public health, social psychology, and the relationship between
health, culture, and politics broadly defined. His most recent book ? Yoga
in Modern India: The Body between Science and Philosophy ? received the
2006 Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy Book Prize for best English language book
on a South Asian subject by the South Asia Council, Association for Asian
Studies. Alter's talk for us will focus on the way in which yoga has been
manipulated to mean a large number of things to different individuals and
groups. While for some it is the sublime essence of transcendence, for
others it is a gymnastic, competitive sport. What does it mean for an
expression of cultural meaning to encompass such diversity of experience?
Do not miss this exciting foray into cultural anthropology at its best.

Lecture on Medieval History: February 26

The Department of History’s European Colloquium
Invites you to join us for a talk by

Atria A. Larson

"A Treatise in the Spirit of its Age: Universality, Individualism, and Dynamism in Gratian's Tractatus de penitentia (ca. 1133-1140)."

Thursday, February 26, 2009 at 4 p.m.
History Department Lounge
3702 Posvar Hall

Atria Larson is writing her dissertation “Gratian’s Tractatus de penitentia: A Textual Study and Intellectual History” at The Catholic University of America, where she has focused on Medieval history, philosophy, and theology. She is a co-editor with Uta-Renate Blumenthal and Kenneth Pennington of Proceedings of the Twelfth International Congress of Medieval Canon Law, and the author of several articles, including: “Bestowing Pardon and Favor: Emperor Henry III’s Pardons in Context,” (forthcoming); “Early Stages of Gratian’s Decretum and the Second Lateran Council: A Reconsideration,” (2007), and “The Evolution of Gratian’s Tractatus de penitentia” (2006).

Please join us for an engaging talk and refreshments.

Education Opportunity in New York

The New Visions for Public Schools–Hunter College Urban Teacher
Residency is a 14 month teacher-training program that fully integrates
the graduate coursework of the aspiring teacher (Resident) with
intensive, hands-on experiences in New York City schools. Within a
strong public school, Residents collaborate with expert educators
around all aspects of teaching and learning. At the same time,
Residents take graduate courses at Hunter College specifically
designed by UTR to align with experiences in urban schools. Successful
completion of the program results in a Master's Degree in Education
and certification to teach in New York City. Graduates of UTR are
guaranteed the opportunity to be hired by a school within New Visions'
network of 75 public schools and are asked to commit to four years of
teaching in New Visions schools after their Residencies. For the
2009-2010 Residency, UTR will be preparing 24 residents in English and
Science (Biology, Earth Science, Chemistry, and Physics) for grades

Friday, February 06, 2009

Student Grant from UCIS; Deadline March 15

Student Grant Opportunity - International Studies Fund Competition
UCIS announces the 2009 International Studies Fund (ISF) Competition. This grant program is intended to help students at the University of Pittsburgh to conduct research on international issues or in international settings. Full time graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Pittsburgh, from all schools and campuses, are eligible to submit a proposal. The maximum grant amount is $1,000; the application deadline is March 15.

For more information, please see http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/cgi-bin/events/ucisextra.pl?jid=3144

Feb 12: The Jews of Uganda

Jews Of Uganda

A multi-media presentation featuring the photojournalist Richard Sobol.

Through photos and music, Sobol will tell the story of the Abayudaya community of Eastern Uganda, a small tribe that observes and practices Jewish rituals and customs. On Richard Sobol, see

Thursday, February 12 at 8:30pm
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
FREE for Students and University of Pittsburgh Employees with ID
$3 for Community Members

V-Day 2009

The purpose of this letter is to formally invite you to attend this year's V-Day 2009 events on behalf of the Campus Women’s Organization and the V-Day 2009 Board of Directors of the University of Pittsburgh's production of The Vagina Monologues!

V-Day is a global movement to stop violence towards women and girls. As a part of
V-Day, the University’s Campus Women's Organization produces annual benefit performances of Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues in order to raise awareness and funds for organizations working to end violence towards women and girls. V-Day's 2009 Spotlight Campaign focuses on the Women and Girls of the Congo. These women have come to symbolize the universal plight of women in conflict zones-- high levels of violence; economic hardship; racism; and public structures that failed to protect them. They also highlight the dire need for resources to this still devastated community. Ten percent of our proceeds will go to these women and girls of the Congo.

The remaining ninety percent of proceeds raised will go to a local organization, the Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh. This organization provides a“24-hour crisis hotline, temporary shelter, ongoing individual counseling and support groups, advocacy and support services for women victims of domestic violence and their children.”

Part of what makes this event so special is the opportunities it offers to our campus and community - to participate in this global movement, to celebrate and honor the women and girls in your life and community, to be part of a collective voice, a voice that refuses to be ignored, a voice that says NO to violence against women and girls.

In addition to your attendance, we ask that you please inform your acquaintances, colleagues and students of the performances of The Vagina Monologues. Furthermore, we encourage group attendance, perhaps as a class, in order to open up dialogue concerning issues of violence facing women. Not only may The Vagina Monologues prove to be a catalyst in the dialogue of the aforementioned issues, but perhaps the Monologues may also be worked into classroom curriculum or offered as a means of extra credit.

This year’s Vagina Monologues will take place on three evenings, beginning Thursday, February 12th through Saturday, February 14th, 2009. The curtain time is at 7:30 PM, and doors open at 7:00 PM. All shows are held in David Lawrence Hall 120/121, and tickets may be purchased at the door. It is $5 for students and $7 for Pitt faculty and staff.

It is our hope to see you there!

Peace and Vagina Love,

Lara Appelbaum and Nina Siviy
Directors and Organizers
V-Day 2009 University of Pittsburgh
635 William Pitt Union, CWO Office
Contact: pittvday09@gmail.com or Nina at 717-357-2492

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

February 17: Speed Networking

Come and join us for this fun and informative evening!
Participation is free and snacks are included
Location: William Pitt Union, Ballroom When: Tuesday, Feb. 17th, 2009
3959 5th Ave 5:30 to 8:30 pm
Pittsburgh, Pa 15260
To R.S.V.P. or further information, please contact:
Erika Kiah
(Please RSVP by February 3rd)
Do you know the importance of networking?*
The Regional Internship Center does. That is why we are
bringing to you a Speed Networking event!
In association with the University of Pittsburgh, the RIC is giving students the
opportunity to chat one-on-one with regional employers, such as:
Ethix Systems
Maniet Financial
Riverset Credit Union
Department of City
& more….
FSC Marketing
Edgar Snyder
& Associates
WYEP Community
Broadcast Center
* Many statistics show that networking events are an important source by which jobs are found!

Lecture February 18: The Demon in the Synagogue

HAA Colloquium
Wednesday, February 18th, 12 noon-1 pm
Room 203, Frick Fine Arts

Saskia Beranek, HAA PhD Student
"The Demon in the Synagogue:
The Rhetorical Role of the Other in Medieval Text and Image"

In Perceval, Chr├ętien de Troyes presents striking textual descriptions of ugliness.
These characters are, however, seldom illustrated—and their
depictions never reflect the specifics of the text. Why did the manuscript
illuminators, so prone to outlandish illustrations elsewhere, choose not to
follow the rich textual material provided to them?
Beranek seeks to unravel this problem, turning initially to the way ugliness
has been treated in both sacred and secular textual sources since antiquity.
How was the idea of ugliness shaped in medieval Europe, and how
does that impact our reading of Perceval? How do we resolve the relationship
between the text and the image?

Opportunity to Participate in a Survey

Jeffrey Rudski, Professor of Psychology at Muhlenberg College in
Allentown PA is seeking participants over the age of 18 to participate
in a survey examining how people define the interplay/boundaries of
faith and superstition.

The purpose of this study is to try to understand which kinds of
religious beliefs, if any, are considered `superstitious'. Moreover,
we wish to examine the relationship between religiously-linked beliefs
and commonly accepted unsubstantiated beliefs (e.g., ESP, ghosts).
Past research has found conflicting results. Some studies have found
no relationship between the two, with the interpretation being that
religions often discourage paranormal belief systems as being
associated with the occult. Other studies have found a positive
relationship between the two, with the interpretation being that both
religious and paranormal beliefs encourage "believing without
requiring hard scientific evidence. This study is designed to see if
either (or both!) may be true by focusing on different types of
religious and paranormal beliefs. The ultimate goal of this project is
not to evaluate the veracity of any belief or practice, but to look at
how beliefs are defined and interact.

In this study, you will be asked to fill out a 43-item survey
assessing various beliefs, a 14-item religious orientation scale, and
some basic demographic information. In pilot studies it took 18-23
minutes to complete. If you wish, we will be able to give you a
summary of what we have found by early May (see instructions at the
end of the survey on how to get on the e-mailing list).

As a final note, I'd like to request that you forward this e-mail or
your own description of this link to whomever you think would be
willing to fill this out (although all participants must be at least
18 years old). If you have any questions or concerns, please contact
Jeffrey Rudski at rudski@muhlenberg.edu .

To participate in this online survey, please go to

The project has been approved by Muhlenberg College's Institutional
Review Board and meets the ethical guidelines set out by the American
Psychological Association.

Opportunity Re Global Poverty

Nourish International is a student movement to eradicate global poverty. During the school year, Nourish Chapters run small businesses called "Ventures." The money they earn is invested in sustainable development projects that they choose. Over the summer, they travel abroad to work alongside their community partner in implementing the project.

To expand our impact, we're looking for students to found Nourish Chapters at their respective universities. Students who apply and are selected for our Chapter Founders Program will receive $500 in start-up capital, professional training and support in founding their own chapter and will gain valuable experience in the process.


In our world today:
1.1 billion people lack access to clean water, 850 million people are malnourished, and 8 million people die each year because they are simply too poor to stay alive.
You can change this today.

Nourish International is a student movement to eradicate global poverty. During the school year, Nourish Chapters run small businesses called "Ventures." Using the money they earn, Chapters conduct community development projects. Over the summer, students from Nourish Chapters travel abroad to partner with local communities in implementing these solutions.

To expand our impact, we're looking for students on your campus who want to be a part of the solution to global poverty and challenge themselves in the process. These students will receive professional training and support as they start a Nourish Chapter at their school – building membership, running ventures and implementing sustainable development projects overseas.

There are several ways to get involved:

Apply to be a Chapter Founder – Between now and February 28th Nourish is accepting applications for its Chapter Founders Program. This spring, we'll be selecting student leaders from 10 campuses across the country to receive professional training, support and $500 start-up capital. To start your application, click here.
Tell a friend – If Nourish isn't the right opportunity for you, you can still help accomplish our mission of eradicating global poverty. Spreading the word to just three people drastically raises our chances of finding the right student on your campus. Nominate a friend now by clicking here.
Act now - applications are being reviewed as they come in!


The Nourish Team

Eight million people will die this year because they're too poor to stay alive - You can change this TODAY.

Apply to be a Nourish Chapter Founder: http://www.nourishinternational.org/students -- next deadline is February 28th.

Eradicating poverty by engaging students and empowering communities.

Nourish International Chapter Founders Team
office: 919.747.3642

Eight million people will die this year because they're too poor to stay alive - You can change this TODAY.

Apply to be a Nourish Chapter Founder: http://www.nourishinternational.org/students -- next deadline is February 28th.

Eradicating poverty by engaging students and empowering communities.

Nourish International Chapter Founders Team
office: 919.747.3642

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

The Arts & Sciences Undergraduate Research Awards for Summer 2009

Arts and Sciences is looking for applicants to join a diverse community of undergraduate scholars and researchers from the humanities, natural, and social sciences. Awardees receive $3,500 to support a summer term of independent research and scholarship. Awardees will participate in the Honors College Brackenridge Summer Fellowship program weekly round table discussions and Johnstown retreat. Awardees will present their finished projects at the Brackenridge presentations.

Applications are due Tuesday, March 3, 2009. Application materials are to be taken to The Office of Experiential Learning, B-4 Thaw Hall. Address envelops to the attention of Dr. Margaret Heely, Director of OEL.

Applications will be accepted from any A&S undergraduate student who
is in good academic standing.
has declared a disciplinary major
has a faculty sponsor who is within the project discipline and who will be responsible for the oversight of the project.
Information about the Summer Undergraduate Research Awards, application requirements and necessary forms are available at

Margaret E. Heely, EdD
Office of Experiential Learning
School of Arts and Sciences
University of Pittsburgh
(Office) 412-624-6828
(Fax) 412-624-6877

Summer Opportunity: Anthropology in the Himalayas

Himalayan Health Exchange
Himalayan Anthropology Field Expedition
June 10 thru July 4, 2009
Himalayan Health Exchange (HHE) is organizing an anthropological field expedition to India in the summer of 2009. Through an independent study/fieldwork in a remote Himalayan Tibetan Borderland, HHE will offer students a practical approach to the study of India and the Himalayan culture in a socio-cultural, medical and religious context. During their journey, team members will have the opportunity to investigate local history, religious beliefs and practices, modern human adaptations, regional effects of globalization, monastic life and local healthcare. In addition, through trekking and camping in remote areas, they will participate in the interconnectedness of the magnificent natural environment with a daily local existence. This first-hand experience will be accompanied by daily academic lectures and research assistance.
Lecture topics will include: Cultural, Medical, Economic, Biological and Visual Anthropology, Religion & Philosophy, Cross-cultural healing, Ayurveda, Public Health, Buddhism, Hinduism, Indian and Tibetan history, High Altitude Adaptation, Psychology, Art/Fine Arts, Geography, Social Work, Sociology, Yoga and Meditation
This is a high-altitude expedition in rugged Trans Himalayan regions. Field camp elevations range between 8,000-15,000 feet, with higher pass crossings. As a participant, you must be in excellent physical shape and health and be willing to work in improvised field sites.

1) The first part of this anthropology field expedition takes us to India’s highest, least populated, and most inaccessible area, Ladakh and the Chang Thang Plateau, located in the Western Himalayan Indo-Tibetan Borderlands. Our exciting journey through this remote part of the world provides an in-depth look at the local culture, Buddhist beliefs and social structure of Western Himalayan families and nomadic Tibetan tribes. After exploring Ladakh and The Chang Thang Plateau, team members will travel to Dharamsala, home to His Holiness and exiled Tibetans. Dharamsala is located in the North Indian state of Himachal Pradesh

Expedition fee: All-inclusive trip fee is US $2,740 plus international airfare
International airfare $1,700.00 from Miami, Atlanta, Washington DC, New York, Boston and Chicago.
Domestic airfare $450.00 New Delhi-Leh-New Delhi

Total: U.S. $4,890.00
(optional): 3 university credits from Northern Arizona University $1310.00 Payable directly to NAU. For credit details contact Prof. Paul B Donnelly Paul.Donnelly@nau.edu
Application deadline: February 15, 2009: **Please be advised that space is limited

Program Coordinators:
Professor Paul Donnelly, Ph.D in Buddhist Studies & Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Northern Arizona University
Professor Denise Cucurny, M.A.s. in Anthropology and Legal Studies. Senior Full-time lecturer in Cultural, Biological & Medical Anthropology at California State University Long Beach and Laguna College of Art & Design.
Karlie Knudtsen, Hatha Vinyasa yoga teacher, Heart Shrine meditation instructor, Founder/Director Sadhana Yoga, Flagstaff, AZ

For details, please contact Ravi Singh, Founder: Himalayan Health Exchange: info@himalayanhealth.com, www.himalayanhealth.com 404-929-9399.

Lecture Tuesday February 10: Edward Breuer on Enlightenment Friendships

The Jewish Studies Program
A public lecture by

Professor Edward Breuer
[Hebrew University of Jerusalem]

"Mendelssohn and Lessing: A German-Jewish Friendship Reconsidered."

Tuesday, February 10, 2009
4:00 PM.
204 Frick Fine Arts Building

Professor Breuer is the author of The Limits of Enlightenment: Jews,
Germans and the Eighteenth Century Study of Scripture. (Harvard University
Press, 1996). He has held teaching positions at the University of
Pennsylvania and the Spertus College of Judaica.

Your faithful DUS took courses from Prof. Breuer in graduate school at Penn a dozen years ago and found him to be one of his best teachers; more recently Pitt undergraduates who have studied abroad at Hebrew University have reported very favorably on Prof. Breuer's classes.

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