Monthly Archives: October 2013

Another Disaster in the Central Mediterranean

Another boat filled with at least 200 African migrants has wrecked in the central Mediterranean, this time off the island of Malta. At least 33 people are reported dead in this latest tragedy. Maltese forces rescued 147 migrants by boat … Continue reading

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Tragic Boat Wreck off Lampedusa

A week ago, a boat carrying African migrants heading for Sicily wrecked off the small island of Lampedusa in the central Mediterranean. The boat, apparently carrying more than 500 people, became disabled and then began to capsize merely 800 meters … Continue reading

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Preaching and Snake-Handling

Originally posted on Center for the Study of Religious Violence:
Pentacostal Christian churches in the Appalachian Mountains are known for their snake-handling preachers and congregants. Several famous anthropological and sociological studies have been done on the Appalachian Pentacostals and their…

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Journal of Religion and Violence Special Issue

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The Journal of Religion and Violence recently published a special issue on René Girard’s mimetic theory. Here is the table of contents: 1:2 – Table of Contents SPECIAL ISSUE: René…

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The Politics of Ark Building

Originally posted on Center for the Study of Religious Violence:
Replicas of Noah’s Ark are being built in various locations around the world. The ark-building movement is related to a particular form of Christian politics and Creationism. The Creation Museum…

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Twilight of Berlusconi?

Silvio Berlusconi tried, but failed, to topple the coalition government of Italy this week. A threatened mutiny in his own party forced him to reverse his position and back the government of Enrico Letta during a vote of confidence on … Continue reading

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NIU Joins Council for European Studies

Northern Illinois University recently joined the Council for European Studies. “Northern Illinois University has been approved for membership to the Council for European Studies (CES) Academic Consortium, an international coalition of universities, centers and other organizations dedicated to furthering the … Continue reading

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