Current Ripon News

Eaton Examines the Supernatural in Research and Presentation

Dr. Marc Eaton, assistant professor of Sociology, will be presenting a paper entitled, “’Give Us a Sign of Your Presence': Ghost Hunting as a Spiritual Practice” at the Association for the Sociology of Religion conference in San Francisco, CA on August 15. The conference will feature leading scholars in sociology of religion. Eaton says ghost hunting seeks answers to important… Continue reading

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Summer Lecture Series Explores World Religions

Brian Smith, professor and Charles and Joan van Zoeren Chair in Religion, Ethics, and Values, hosted a four-week online lecture series in comparative world religions for interested alumni this June. Participants ranged from alumni who graduated in 1958 to 2003. Smith’s video lecture series was complemented with short readings, additional videos and weekly brief essays, allowing the students to self-pace… Continue reading

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Smith, Students Present at Religion Conference

Ripon College Professor Brian Smith, Charles and Joan Van Zoeren Chair in Religion, Ethics, and Values, made a presentation at the Spring Conference of the American Academy of Religion’s Midwest Region at Ohio Northern University on April 4 and 5. Smith’s paper was titled, “Ambiguous Prophetic Role of the Catholic Church Under Authoritarian Regimes: The Chilean Bishops’ Response to the… Continue reading

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Scott Presents Religion Research in United Kingdom

Pieper Scholar and professor of religion David W. Scott recently presented research entitled “Religious Organizations as Migratory Systems: Methodist Chinese in Malaysia” at the Migration and Mission in Christian History conference, which was hosted by the American Society of Church History and the Ecclesiastical History Society at Oxford Brookes University in Oxford, UK, from April 3-5. Scott was among 100 scholars,… Continue reading

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Medical Doctors Debate Ethics of Caring for the Dying, Feb. 7

Drs. Paul Hutchison and Sean Smith of Northwestern Medical Center in Chicago will take part in a series of classroom discussions on the ethical challenges faced in caring for the dying, on Friday, Feb. 7, at Ripon College. The doctors will be guest lecturers in two courses: “Biology Senior Seminar,” from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Farr Hall Rm.… Continue reading

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Smith’s Religion Classes Adopting Interactive, Online Components

Religion is a course of study considered to be as analog-friendly as any in the humanities, but Brian Smith, professor of religion and the Charles and Joan Van Zoeren Chair in Religion, Ethics, and Values, is taking advantage of Skype and other web-based technologies to enhance his students’ classroom experience. Smith said, “In early December my class in the “History… Continue reading

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