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Panel to discuss religion and education

Posted by University News Service
Feb. 17, 2009

Students and the public are invited to a panel discussion focusing on religion and what the different perspectives individual professors and their scholarship can bring to the topic.

The discussion, "What Your Professors Know about Religion: Texas State Scholars Talk about Their Research and Teaching," will be held Tuesday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m. in Room 101 of Taylor-Murphy Hall.

Rebecca Raphael, professor of philosophy at Texas State University-San Marcos, said the topic is pertinent due to the variety of religious perspectives people have and how that can influence their educational experience.

"This has been an important subject throughout history," Raphael said. "Each member of the panel will talk about his or her scholarship and teaching interests to bring a variety of perspectives."

The panel will include Frank de la Teja, chair, Department of History; Jon McGee, chair, Department of Anthropology; Yasmine Beale-Rosano-Rivaya, professor, Modern Languages; and Raphael. The discussion will be moderated by Leah Renold, professor, History. A question and answer session from the audience will also be included.

The event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by Equity and Access, the College of Liberal Arts, and the Departments of English, History, Philosophy and Psychology. 

For further information, please contact Rebecca Raphael at or (512) 245-1393 or Leah Renold at (512) 245-2118.