Women and War featuring Nimmi Gowrinathan

WOMEN AND WAR featuring Nimmi Gowrinathan
October 23, 2014, TCC 350 | 7-9 PM
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Join us for this talk on women and war zones. While women are often framed as victims in war zones, they are often also political actors, occupying a variety of roles in violent spaces. Women are by and large disproportionately impacted by the fallout of war (displacement, militarization, and rape). These experiences shape women in marginalized communities in distinct ways. In Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan and elsewhere, lived experiences with violence often shape the politics of women, forcing us to recognize that women can be both victims and agents in complex conflicts around the world.

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Co-Sponsored by the Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics, the Office of Religious Life, and USC Spectrum

Muslims in Public Service – Friday Sept. 5 (Organized by Prof. Sherman Jackson)

A full-day conference featuring Muslims in various aspects and levels of government discussing their experiences, challenges, advice and vision for the future. Keynote address to be delivered by Congressman Keith Ellison (D-Minn.).

Since 9/11, the place of Islam and Muslims in American society has become a major national preoccupation. From no-fly lists to secret surveillance of mosques to legislative campaigns against shari’a law, Muslims have frequently come under suspicion regarding their socio-political roles and aspirations in the United States. Some have even questioned whether Muslims are entitled to constitutional protections that are recognized as the birthright of all other Americans, arguing that “Islam is different.”

Yet lost in all of this controversy is the fact that Muslims continue to function as public servants at virtually every level of American government, from elected officials to advisors and political appointees, from congresspersons to judges to Homeland Security personnel. “American Muslims in Public Service,” a one-day conference that will be held on 5 September 2014 at the University of Southern California’s Tudor Conference Center, will bring together a broad cross-section of American Muslims in public service to share their experiences, perspectives, fears, hopes, advice and prognostications. The conference will be inter-active, inviting questions and perspectives from the audience, along with responses from the participants. It will be capped by a special keynote address that evening by Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minnesota).

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PROGRAM
DATE: Friday, September 5, 2014
TIME: 8:00 AM – 7:30 PM
LOCATION: Panels – USC Tudor Campus Center; Keynote – USC Bovard Auditorium

Continental breakfast provided
Reception to follow keynote

MORNING
PANEL 1: Advisors, Aides, and Hopefuls

  • Suhail A. Khan, Conservative Activist and former Bush Appointee
  • Rahmat Khan, Candidate, Torrance (CA) City Council
  • Ilhaam Jaffer, White House Advance Associate
  • Asim Ghafoor, Former Legislative Assistant
PANEL 2: Law Enforcement and the Courts
  • Sylvester Johnson, Police Commissioner, Philadelphia
  • Mona Youssef, Jurist, Third Judicial Circuit of Michigan-Juvenile Division
  • Hassan A. El-Amin, Associate Judge for the Seventh Judicial Circuit of Maryland
AFTERNOON 
PANEL 3: Muslims in Public Service in Los Angeles and California:
  • Halim Dhanidina, Judge, Los Angeles County Superior Court
  • Farrah N. Khan, Community Services Commissioner, City of Irvine
  • Belal Dalati, Commissioner, City of Anaheim
  • Haroon Azar, Department of Homeland Security Regional Director for Strategic Engagement

PANEL 4: Federal, State and International

  • Saud Anwar, Mayor of South Windsor, Connecticut
  • Larry Shaw, Senator, North Carolina
  • Shaarik Zafar, Special Representative to Muslim Communities, U.S. Department of State
KEYNOTE: Congressman Keith Ellison
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Congressman Keith Ellison represents Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Fifth District includes the City of Minneapolis and surrounding suburbs and is one of the most vibrant and ethnically diverse districts in Minnesota. Rep. Ellison’s guiding philosophy is based on “generosity and inclusion,” and his priorities in Congress are building prosperity for working families, promoting peace, pursuing environmental sustainability and advancing civil and human rights. As a member of the House Financial Services Committee, the congressman helps oversee the nation’s financial services and housing industries, as well as Wall Street. In response to the foreclosure crisis that began in 2008, Rep. Ellison wrote the Protecting Tenants in Foreclosure Act, which requires banks and other new owners to provide at least 90 days’ notice of eviction to renters occupying foreclosed homes.

For the 113th Congress, Rep. Ellison was elected co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, which promotes the progressive promise of fairness for all. He is also a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, founded the Congressional Consumer Justice Caucus and belongs to more than a dozen other caucuses that focus on issues ranging from social inclusion to environmental protection. Before being elected to Congress, Rep. Ellison was a noted community activist and ran a thriving civil rights, employment and criminal defense law practice in Minneapolis. Born and raised in Detroit, he has lived in Minnesota since earning his law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1990. He is the proud father of four children.

Co-Sponsored by:
  • USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture
  • USC Office of Religious Life
  • USC School of Religion
  • USC Center for Law, History and Culture
  • USC Department of American Studies and Ethnicity
  • USC Muslim Student Union

American Muslims in Public Service

Religion Courses Fall 2014

REL 331: Religions of East Asia
What is religious about traditional Chinese medicine? Is the Japanese emperor divine? What does Shamanism have to do with student protest in Korea? This course tries to answer some of these questions. Students will be introduced to the basic worldviews, teachings, texts, and practices in the religions of China, Japan, and Korea.

REL 339: Studies in the History of Christianity
Martyrs. Theological Controversy. Heresy. Miracles. The second century had it all. The various Christianities of the second century were shaped by heated debates over everything to do with theology, ethics, and identity. Out of the second century come some of Christianity’s most familiar concepts and some of its most interesting lost possibilities. It was a time of new possibilities, experimentation, and debate around issues not all that dissimilar from those that find there way into our own political and theological debates. Christians in the second century debated piety, education, identity, ethnicity, politics, and even the interpretation of art and architecture. Come explore this fascinating and vibrant period of Christianity’s history. In this course we will read together the surviving texts of the second century and explore the complex engagements between Christians, Jews, Greeks, and the broader Roman Empire. No prerequisites required. All are welcome.

REL 364: Religion and Ethics
What counts as a good human life? What does it mean to be a human being? What is the difference between seeking justice and seeking righteousness before God? Our class will explore these fundamental questions by investigating some of the most fascinating authors in western religious thought. No prerequisites required. 

REL 462: Religion and Violence
How is it, we may ask, that religion, one of the most noble activities of the human race, has so often for hundreds of years – and still today – led people to commit horrendous acts? This course explores the timely issue of whether major world religions, especially Christianity, Judaism and Islam, actually lead people to commit acts of violence. Texts, videos, and scholars from different religions help the class explore in depth this complex and widely misunderstood phenomena.

Fall 2014 Archaeology courses

Fall 2014 Interdisciplinary Archaeology courses.

The minor requires only five courses, one of which may count towards GE.  See below for minor requirements and course descriptions.

ONE LOWER DIVISION COURSE FROM:

  • AHIS-120g “Foundations of Western Art” Malone, TTh 12:30-1:50pm
  • AHIS-125g “Arts of Asia: Antiquity to 1300″ Sonya, MW 12:00-1:50pm
  • AHIS-128g “Arts of Latin America” Bleichmar, MW 12:00-1:50pm
  • ANTH-200Lg “The Origins of Humanity” MW 2:00-3:20pm
  • ANTH/CLAS-202 “Archaeology: Our Human Past” Garrison, TTh 9:30-10:50am
  • CHEM 105bL “General Chemistry” Bertolini, MWF 11:00-11:50am
  • ENST-100 “Introduction to Environmental Studies” TTh 9:30-10:50am or 2:00-3:20pm
  • MASC-110L “Materials Science” MWF 11:00-11:50am
  • REL-111g “The World of the Hebrew Bible” Zuckerman, MW 2:00-3:20pm
  • REL-112g “Religions of Egypt and the Ancient Near East” Dodd, TTh 11:00-12:20pm or Th 2:00-2:50pm
  • REL-137g “Introduction to Islam” Jackson, TTh 11:00-12:20pm
  • SSCI-265Lg “The Water Planet” Wilson, TTh 11:00-12:20pm

Upper-division Requirements (16 units)

All students shall be required to take at least one Archaeological Theories and Methods course. Beyond this, students may elect to take either:

A: one additional upper-division course from the Theories and Methods list and two upper-division courses from the Interdisciplinary Perspectives list, or

B: one upper-division course from the Interdisciplinary Perspectives list and two upper-division courses from the Interdisciplinary Applications list.

THEORIES AND METHODS COURSES:

  • AHIS/CLAS-415 “Object-Worlds: Histories and Theories of Things” Yasin, T 2:00-4:50pm

INTERDISCIPLINARY PERSPECTIVES COURSES:

  • AHIS/CLAS-321 “Greek Art and Archaeology” Yasin, TTh 11:00-12:30pm
  • ANTH-300 “Evolution, Ecology, and Culture” Boehm, T 2:00-4:50pm
  • ANTH-310 “Archaeology of the Americas” Garrison, TTh 11:00-12:20pm
  • ANTH-314g “The Nature of Maya Civilization” Garrison, TTh 12:30-1:50pm
  • CLAS-349g “Ancient Empires” TBA
  • JS-378 “Jewish Magic in the Ancient World” Garroway, Hochman, TTh 11:00-12:20pm

INTERDISCIPLINARY APPLICATIONS COURSES:

  • CHEM 300L “Analytical Chemistry” Devlin, MWF 10:00-10:50am
  • ENST-320a “Water and Soil Sustainability: Energy and Air Sustainability” MW 2:00-3:20pm or TTh 11:00-12:20pm
  • ENST-320b “Water and Soil Sustainability: Energy and Air Sustainability” MW 2:00-3:20pm
  • GEOL-412 “Oceans, Climate, and the Environment” Feakins, TTh 2:00-3:20pm
  • SSCI-301L “Maps and Spatial Reasoning” Ruddell, MW 2:00-3:20pm

Please feel free to contact Lynn Dodd, Director of the Interdisciplinary Archaeology Major/Minor, at310-210-4081orswartz@usc.eduif you have any questions.

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Maymester course, REL 134: Introduction to Buddhist Literature: Ancient Scriptures and Contemporary Buddhist Life

Maymester course, REL 134: Introduction to Buddhist Literature: Ancient Scriptures and Contemporary Buddhist Life (in Los Angeles)

Study Buddhist life in Los Angeles as part of this new Maymester course, based on Professor Meeks’ popular GE, REL 134! This course is two-pronged. Part of the week will be devoted to lecture and discussion sections. In these meetings you will learn about the history of Buddhist literature and will perform close readings of the tradition’s most fundamental texts. During the remainder of the week, we will embark on fieldtrips to Buddhist temples and will interact with local Buddhist nuns, monks, ministers, and lay followers. On these trips you will discover how contemporary Buddhist communities understand, use, and interpret ancient scriptures as they engage with twenty-first-century American society.

This course will count for GE Category II credit and can also count towards major and minor credit in REL and EAAS. Feel free to contact Prof. Meeks if you have any questions: meeks@usc.edu. To register for the course, go to REL 134xg, listed under "Religion" in the Dornsife Spring 2014 calendar: http://classes.usc.edu/term-20141/classes/rel . For more information on the course, and on Maymesters, see: http://dornsife.usc.edu/rel-134-buddhist-literature/

Maymester course: REL 134g- Introduction to Buddhist Literature

A Maymester version of the GE course, Introduction to Buddhist Literature, this spring, is being offered May 21-June 19, 2014. This course will feature a series of field trips to Buddhist sites throughout the greater Los Angeles area. To register, choose "REL 134: Introduction to Buddhist Literature" (here: http://web-app.usc.edu/soc/20141/rel). We can enroll up to 50 students in the course. There is no formal application process, but if you have any questions, please contact Dr. Lori Meeks, meeks@usc.edu.

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Study Jainism in India – Summer 2014

The International Summer School for Jain Studies (ISSJS) invites you to study in India this summer. ISSJS is offering three programs that vary in length, content, and intensity, each designed for individuals in different stages of study.

Please click on the above links for program details, costs, and deadlines.

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