Engaging Minds, Transforming Lives



Spring 2015

  • Professor of Religion Elaine Craddock received a Fulbright grant to fund her research on transgender communities and Hindu temples in Tamil Nadu, India, during her spring 2016 sabbatical.

  • Assistant Professor of Religion Molly Hadley Jensen wrote an article, “Cultivating a Sense of Place in Religious Studies,” for the January issue of “Teaching Theology and Religion.”   

Fall 2014

  • Laura Hobgood-Oster, professor of religion and environmental studies, had an article titled “Dog Eat Dog World” published in the July issue of Crufts magazine.

  • Five faculty members from Southwestern participated in the annual meeting of the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences that was held at Pace University in New York June 11-14. The theme for the conference was “Welcome to the Anthropocene: From Global Challenge to Planetary Stewardship.” Faculty members Erika BerrothLaura Hobgood-OsterMelissa Johnson and Emily Northrop participated in a panel titled “Collaboration in Teaching the Anthropocene Across Disciplines.” Berroth presented a paper titled “Shades of Green: Reflection on the Role of Modern Languages and Literature Programs within Environmental Humanities and the Anthropocene Studies.” Hobgood-Oster presented a paper titled “How Does the Anthropocene Fit into a Religion Classroom?” Johnson presented a paper titled  “Reframing an Introduction to Cultural Anthropology Course around the Anthropocene.” Northrop presented a paper titled “The Competing Goals of Economic Growth and Climate Stability in the Introductory Economics Course.” Molly Jensen, assistant professor of religion, introduced conference participants to Southwestern’s new Paideia Cluster on The Anthropocene and presented a paper at the meeting titled “Cultivating a Sense of Place in a Religious Studies Course: Teaching for Ecological Care.”

Spring 2014

  • Religion professor Laura Hobgood-Oster was interviewed by the Williamson County Sun for a story about a planned anti-Islam protest in Georgetown.

  • Laura Hobgood-Oster, professor of religion and environmental studies, participated in a HuffPost Live discussion on zoo animal ethics Feb. 17. Watch the webcast here.

Fall 2013

  • Laura Hobgood-Oster, professor of religion and environmental studies, was interviewed by a reporter in Brazil about the ethics of using animals in scientific research. Read the story here.

  • Kenneth Mello, assistant professor of religion, and Dustin Tahmahkera, assistant professor of communication studies, have been invited to serve on the host committee and as co-chairs of the Media, Arts, and Music subcommittee of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association meeting to be held May 29-31, 2014, at The University of Texas. The conference is expected to draw more than 1,000 participants.

  • Laura Hobgood-Oster, professor of religion and environmental studies, will be the Cecil H. and Ida Green Honors Chair at Texas Christian University this fall. This Chair includes offering a public lecture, meeting with several classes and groups of faculty, and engaging with the broader TCU community over several days. Her lecture, “Becoming Human and Dog Together: Exploring the Human-Canine Bond Through Time,” will take place Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 6 p.m. Read more here.

Spring 2013

  • Laura Hobgood-Oster, professor of Religion and Environmental Studies, is giving an invited lecture at Sewanee (the University of the South) April 11 titled “Journey to the Afterlife: Humans and Dogs Into Eternity?”

  • Laura Hobgood-Oster, professor of religion and environmental studies, has been invited to join the Advisory Council of the National Museum of Animals and Society. The museum focuses on human-animal studies, animal protection history, and humane education. Each year it launches two or three online or travelling exhibits, reaches 1,300 students with its free humane education programs, acquires hundreds of items for its collection, library and archive, and welcomes student interns. Other members of the Advisory Council include internationally recognized scholars Marc Bekoff, Linda Kalof, Gary Steiner and Brett Mizelle.