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Pagan Alliance Wins Student Organization of the Year Award

By Heather Greene

[Snip] On April 23, Mills Pagan Alliance of Mills College was presented with the Student Organization of the Year Award. The annual recognition honors an “organization that has demonstrated through their events and activities, outstanding collaboration and dedication to educating the Mills and broader community.” This marks the first time that the . . . → Read More: Pagan Alliance Wins Student Organization of the Year Award

Catholic University Launches Pagan Student Club

By Dominic Lynch

Loyola University Chicago recently christened a new pagan student club, with its student organizer saying the group aims to help pupils at the private Catholic college find the God they seek, not just the one featured in the Bible.

“Loyola’s mission states that ‘seeking God in all things’ is one of the . . . → Read More: Catholic University Launches Pagan Student Club

Former Instructor Accuses Auburn University of Religious Discrimination

By Heather Greene

[Snip] Dr. Katharyn Privett-Duren was all the more devastated when she found out that her position as an English instructor at Auburn University (AU) had been terminated without a given reason. Not only was she an employee but also a three time Auburn graduate. When she was in her 30s, with a . . . → Read More: Former Instructor Accuses Auburn University of Religious Discrimination

Pagan Spiritual Advisor Appointed at University of Chicago

The Reverend Angie Buchanan, Founder and Director of Earth Traditions, and former Board of Trustees member of the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions, has been appointed as a Spiritual Advisor for Pagan students at the University of Chicago through Rockefeller Chapel. The chapel is the “the spiritual and ceremonial center of . . . → Read More: Pagan Spiritual Advisor Appointed at University of Chicago

Whose Gods are These?

A Classicist Looks at Neopaganism

By Sarah Iles Johnston

Many contributors to this volume will be discussing «religions of the other» in the ancient world, as seen through the eyes of the ancients themselves: how the Romans viewed the Jews, how the Greeks viewed the Egyptians, and so on. I would like to do . . . → Read More: Whose Gods are These?

Instruments and Demonstrations in the Astrological Curriculum

Evidence from the University of Vienna, 1500–1530

By Darin Hayton

Abstract: Historians have used university statutes and acts to reconstruct the official astrology curriculum for students in both the arts and medical faculties, including the books studied, their order, and their relation to other texts. Statutes and acts, however, cannot offer insight into what actually . . . → Read More: Instruments and Demonstrations in the Astrological Curriculum

Paganism and Christianity

Professor Luke Timothy Johnson explores the impact of Paganism and early Christianity on today’s Christians.

Researching the Past is a Foreign Country

Cognitive Dissonance as a Response by Practitioner Pagans to Academic Research on the History of Pagan Religions

By Caroline Jane Tully

[Snip] I propose that trying to understand academic research in history and archaeology is, for many modern Pagans, akin to visiting a foreign country where the inhabitants speak an indecipherable language. I argue that . . . → Read More: Researching the Past is a Foreign Country

Accepting Evolution: Gut Feelings Trump Facts

For students to accept the theory of evolution, an intuitive “gut feeling” may be just as important as understanding the facts, according to a new study.

In an analysis of the beliefs of biology teachers, researchers found that a quick intuitive notion of how right an idea feels was a powerful driver of whether or . . . → Read More: Accepting Evolution: Gut Feelings Trump Facts

Reading, Writing, Arithmetic … and Character?

A study of 20 elementary schools in Hawaii has found that a focused program to build social, emotional and character skills resulted in significantly improved overall quality of education, as evaluated by teachers, parents and students.

The concept includes organized activities to build character that go beyond more traditional rules or policies to control or . . . → Read More: Reading, Writing, Arithmetic … and Character?