Charles Vernoff, who taught religion at Cornell College from 1978 until 2006, died March 11 at his home in West Hollywood, Calif. He was 71. Vernoff was named emeritus professor of religion at his retirement.
Steven Sacks, assistant professor of religion, will give a lecture titled “Supernal and Secret: Jewish Mysticism and the Humanities.” The scholastic tradition of rabbinic Judaism assumes a great deal of knowledge from its readers, presenting great obstacles to simple explanations and easy understandings.
Michelle Herder, assistant professor of history, will give a lecture on April 14th titled “Serving in the Cloister: Work and Discipline in Late Medieval Monasteries.”
Amina Wadud, a professor and Islamic feminist scholar, gave the Small-Thomas lecture on April 22. She spoke about the relationship between Islam and gender.
Amina Wadud, a professor and Islamic feminist scholar, will speak about Islam and gender on April 22 as part of the Small-Thomas Lecture series at Cornell College.
During January 2010, religion professor Steven Sacks led a group of students to Southeast Asia for the course Religions of Laos. The course focused on firsthand observations of religious and cultural practices, coupled with interviews, homestays, and other direct interactions with local people.
A course studying Islam in Morocco drew Alida Ogren-Gunderson to Cornell, and the trip proved to be everything she’d hoped for. She’s also found plenty of other opportunities to feed her passion for Islamic studies, including three months of intensive Arabic study on campus and in Egypt during her final semester.
In the spring of 2008, a group of Cornellians journeyed to Mongolia for a block-long immersion into the religion and culture of the area.
In May 2009, Cornell students traveled to Morocco with religion professor Steven Sacks and French professor Devan Baty for the course “Islam and Post-coloniality in Contemporary Morocco.” Students studied the general tenets of Islam, its particular manifestations and practices in Morocco, and the post-colonial relationship between Morocco and France.
For Akiko Miyake-Stoner, religion is not a passive activity but a call to engagement. After graduation she assisted elderly citizens as a case manager at the Adult Day Health Center in Seattle through a two-year opportunity sponsored the Lutheran Volunteer Corps.