World Religions
• Instructor: Barton scott
• Dates: fridays, sept. 19 to oct. 24 and nov. 7 (no class oct. 31)
• time: 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
• location: hope lutheran Church
An essential aspect of human cultures since antiquity, religion is also a major force in twenty-first century world affairs, shaping policy from Paris to tehran, and from Washington to Delhi. This course seeks to provide students with basic familiarity with five major world traditions closely as- sociated with the Indian subcontinent: Islam, hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and sikhism. We will study the history, beliefs and practices of these five traditions with particular attention to the interre- lations among them. students can expect to learn about the diversity of religion in south Asia, as well
as gain a sense for how religion fits into daily life.
Class Format: lecture
Readings: Materials will be sent by e-mail. Recommended (but not required), Religious Literacy by stephen Prothero.


Barton Scott is an assistant professor of Religious Studies at Montana State University. He completed his Ph.D. at Duke University and his B.A. at Swarthmore College. At MSU, he teaches large survey courses in South Asian religions, Hinduism and Islam, as well as courses on topics such as secularism, guru culture and religion and media. His
research focuses on Hinduism in colonial and postcolonial India.

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Kathryn Earley 2When my husband and I were looking for our place to retire, one of the places we visited was Bozeman.  While we were here we went to the library, where I happened to pick up a Wonderlust brochure.  Here was university-quality instruction by experts in a huge number of subjects.  No homework, no exams, no papers, just a chance to learn new things or review things we’d already studied.  It was also an opportunity to meet people with a wide variety of interests.  I was hooked! Over the past several years, I’ve come to feel strongly about supporting this valuable community resource for lifelong learning, and fortunately there’s a community of dedicated volunteers who feel the same way.

This past year was our first as Friends of MSU Wonderlust, whose mission is to support and promote MSU Wonderlust.  We’ve contributed funds to getting a new projector at Hope Lutheran Church, where many of our classes are held, and to Gallatin Community Radio, which broadcasts many of our Friday Forums.  We’re also sponsors of and taking part in Active Aging Week and the Prime Age 50+ Expo.

In September Friends will sponsor the MSU Wonderlust reception.  Join us at the Country Bookshelf on September 9, 5 pm – 7 pm, where you can meet instructors and other people interested in learning.  Also in September we’ll be a sponsor of the Bozeman Public Library’s celebration of Yellowstone National Park, Our Yellowstone.  

On October 3rdand 4thMSU Wonderlust is hosting an interactive symposium for practitioners and lifelong learners, Lifelong Learning: New Opportunities for Aging Communities.  This symposium, sponsored by Friends of MSU Wonderlust and MSU’s Office of Research and Development, will provide an opportunity to share knowledge, experiences, innovations, and strategies.

Save the dates: Wednesday, October 3, 5 pm – 7 pm, for the opening reception and presentation featuring Dr. Renee Reijo Pero of MSU and Dr. Rick Knopf of Arizona State, and Thursday, October 4, 9 am – 4 pm,for in-depth sessions on various topics, featuring speakers from across Montana and the U.S.  For details on the symposium and on all MSU Wonderlust program offerings, see www.montana.edu/wonderlust   

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