Exploring World Religions with Professor Brian Smith

June 2-27, 2014

Take advantage of a unique opportunity this summer to join Professor of Religion Brian Smith and fellow Ripon College alumni for a special four-week online lecture series on World Religions, June 2-June 27, 2014.

This unique lifelong learning opportunity is offered to alumni of Ripon College for $49. Registration is complimentary with membership in the College’s Partners in the Legacy and 1851 Club giving circles. To confirm your membership in either of these clubs, contact the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations at or call (920) 748-8126.

This predominately online series culminates in a face-to-face session held during Alumni Weekend on Friday, June 27, 2014.

Lecture Schedule

  • Week One: Eastern Religions of Hinduism and Buddhism (June 2nd – June 6th)
  • Week Two: Judaism (June 9th – 13th)
  • Week Three: Christianity (June 16th – 20th)
  • Week Four: Islam (June 23rd – 26th)
  • Final wrap-up during Alumni Weekend (Friday, June 27th)
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The 100 Year Anniversary of World War I

A Look Back at the War That Shaped a Century Friday, June 27: 10:30-11:30 a.m. East Hall Kresge Little Theatre

Rebecca Matzke, HistorianProfessor Rebecca Matzke’s lecture will explore the causes and significance of World War I and its worldwide impacts throughout the past century.

Matzke teaches European and world history at Ripon College, covering the Cold War and World War I among other topics. She is the author of Deterrence through Strength: British Naval Power and Foreign Policy under Pax Britannica, which examines how Britain used its superior navy to accomplish foreign policy goals in the mid-19th century.

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Real Audiences, Real Consequences: The Risks and Rewards of Teaching Speech in the “Real World”

Friday, June 27: 1:15-2 p.m. East Hall Kresge Little Theatre

Professor Jody Roy will discuss the Department of Communication’s innovative Speakers Bureau program, which empowers students to reach diverse “real world” audiences ranging from middle school students to inmates.

Jody RoyRoy was named “Professor of the Year” in Wisconsin by the Carnegie Foundation in 2005. She teaches in the Communication Department at Ripon College, and publishes in a wide variety of genres, from traditional scholarly texts to mass-market creative non-fiction. Her areas of interest include the communication of pro-/anti-violence messages in media and popular culture and communication strategies of American social movements.

Her collaborators on research and writing projects extend beyond traditional academics. She is currently collaborating with a group of more than two dozen inmates. Yet, while Roy’s publishing outlets and collaborators are diverse, all her work is unified by her driving purpose: to give voice to—and tap the expertise of–the people we too often don’t hear and, in doing so, to help prevent violence among today’s youth.

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