Food of the Faithful – Tibetan studies scholar Geoffrey Barstow explores the limits of Buddhism

“Available sources almost universally agree that meat is delicious. Perhaps more importantly, meat is often considered necessary for human health.”

“Compassion, placing the needs of others before one’s own, lies at the very center of Tibetan religious rhetoric and self-conception.”

Food of Sinful Demons, Geoffrey Barstow

Food of the Faithful

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Religious studies program sees increase in non-religious students

Community members call for increased recognition of different religions from university.

Among adults in Oregon, 68 percent of people identify as participants of a major religion, according to Pewforum’s 2016 survey.

Being a university that is home to both domestic and international students, as well as a religious studies degree, Oregon State University’s student body represents a number of world religions, each with their own customs and traditions.

Eliza Young Barstow, a history and religious studies instructor, has noticed an interest in religious studies among students at OSU, alongside an increase in non-religious identifying students.

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Check out Dr. Marisa Chappell’s contribution to this new book Democracy and the Welfare State: The Two Wests in the Age of Austerity

After World War II, states on both sides of the Atlantic enacted comprehensive social benefits to protect working people and constrain capitalism. A widely shared consensus specifically linked social welfare to democratic citizenship, upholding greater equality as the glue that held nations together. Though the “two Wests,” Europe and the United States, differ in crucial respects, they share a common history of social rights, democratic participation, and welfare capitalism. But in a new age of global inequality, welfare-state retrenchment, and economic austerity, can capitalism and democracy still coexist?

In this book, leading historians and social scientists rethink the history of social democracy and the welfare state in the United States and Europe in light of the global transformations of the economic order. Separately and together, they ask how changes in the distribution of wealth reshape the meaning of citizenship in a post-welfare-state era. They explore how the harsh effects of austerity and inequality influence democratic participation. In individual essays as well as interviews with Ira Katznelson and Frances Fox Piven, contributors from both sides of the Atlantic explore the fortunes of the welfare state. They discuss distinct national and international settings, speaking to both local particularities and transnational and transatlantic exchanges. Covering a range of topics—the lives of migrant workers, gender and the family in the design of welfare policies, the fate of the European Union, and the prospects of social movements—Democracy and the Welfare State is essential reading on what remains of twentieth-century social democracy amid the onslaught of neoliberalism and right-wing populism and where this legacy may yet lead us.

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Life and Death Choices

Medical ethicist Courtney Campbell deals in thorny questions. If there’s a shortage of chemotherapy drugs, for example, how do you ration them? Who receives a flu vaccine if there isn’t enough to go around? When should medical treatment be stopped and death allowed? Finding answers to these seemingly intractable questions, though, is critical to developing fair medical policies.

Life and Death Choices


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Married scholars explore Jewish masculinity, femininity

Check out this article featuring Dr. Rena Lauer & Dr. Kevin Osterloh about their participation in the 12th Annual Weekend in Quest coming up March 2-4, 2018, in Astoria.

Married scholars explore Jewish masculinity, femininity

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Dr. Stacey Smith discuss her role in the Oregon building names project

Stacey Smith will appear alongside OSU VP Steve Clark on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Think Out Loud program today 11/29 to discuss the historical research into OSU building names and President Ray’s naming decisions. Tune in from 12:30 to 1 pm today to catch the segment in Corvallis, AM 550 or FM 103.1.

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Philosophy School of Phish

In her innovative “Philosophy School of Phish,” Prof. Stephanie Jenkins gets students and artists in touch with philosophical questioning.

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National Science Foundation awards Dr. Jacob Hamblin, Professor of History and Dr. Linda Richards, Instructor of History a three-year grant.

The grant will support a hybrid project involving research as well as infrastructural development, the latter being a collaboration with SCARC to develop the Downwinders historical collection at OSU. Graduate students will help to conduct oral histories of scientists, victims, and other stakeholders related to the Hanford Environmental Dose Reconstruction (HEDR) project that occurred in the late 1980s and 90s.

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Peace march begins at OSU

Linda Richards, hosted a group participating in the 13th annual Pacific Northwest Interfaith Peace Walk.

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History Is Not a Useless Major: Fighting Myths with Data

Over the past 20 years, warnings from a variety of sources—from career counselors to administrators to government officials—have convinced many prospective college students (and their parents) that the only safe path to a well-paying job is through a STEM major. Members of the academy—including STEM faculty themselves—have repeatedly challenged assertions that majoring in the humanities is useless. And employers of STEM graduates say that they value skills cultivated in a wide-ranging curriculum.

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