M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Irvine
Professor Langston, specializes in Religion, as well as Medieval philosophical and religious thought. He offers courses also in 19th-century thought, focusing on such figures as Kant, Hegel and Kierkegaard.
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania; Rabbinic Ordination
In addition to teaching varieties of Jewish practice and scriptural interpretation, Professor Marks offers courses in theoretical aspects of religion. She encourages students to challenge preconceptions and instead seek evidence for given religious movements within particular historical moments. Her own research explores weddings and other practices of early Judaisms and early Christianities through traces left in textual and material sources. Professor Marks' book, First Came Marriage: The Rabbinic Appropriation of Early Jewish Wedding Ritual, was released by Gorgias Press in 2013.
Ph.D., Princeton University
Professor Michalson specializes in religious thought in the West from the Enlightenment to the present. He previously served as the College’s president, following 15 years on the faculty at Oberlin College. Among his publications are four books on such thinkers as Immanuel Kant, G.E. Lessing and Søren Kierkegaard. He was the American consulting editor of the recently published Blackwell Encyclopedia of Modern Christian Thought.
Ph.D. Buddhist Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Professor Newman is an historian of religions who specializes in Indian and Tibetan Buddhism. His research focuses on the Vajrayana Buddhist Kalacakra tantra (Wheel of Time system of mysticism) tradition. He is also interested in Buddhist interactions with other religions and methodological issues in the cross-cultural study of religions.
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