Faculty Forum Presents Philosophy and Religion Professors

Truman State University’s 2006-2007 Faculty Forum will present W. Michael Ashcraft, associate professor of religion, and Dereck Daschke, associate professor of philosophy and religion, in a program titled “The Study of New Religious Movements: A History and New Contribution” as its premiere event, at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 in Violette Hall 1000.

Ashcraft and Daschke will discuss cults or new religions and how scholars have come to define and study them. They will also introduce a new way of categorizing these religious groups that is addressed in their recent book “New Religious Movements: A Documentary Reader.”

A reception and book signing will follow the presentation in the Violette Hall upstairs commons.

The Faculty Forum will present another program titled Genomics and Bioinformatics at Truman State University: Constructionist Thinking From a Traditionally Reductionist Sub-discipline at 7 p.m. Nov. 14 in Magruder Hall 2001. In this presentation Professor of Biology Brent Buckner will describe the fundamental concepts of genomics and bioinformatics technologies highlighting the maize genomic undergraduate research ongoing at Truman State University.
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