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Center for Religious Studies Hosts Guest Lecturer

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Oct. 8, 2009) – UCM ’s Center for Religious Studies will host guest lecturer Helen Hye-Sook Hwang on campus Oct. 13-14.

Helen Hye-Sook Hwang
Helen Hye-Sook Hwang

Public Lectures, Panel Planned

Hwang will lecture on “Feminism and East Asian Goddess Studies: Mago and Her Tradition of Magoism” at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, in Elliott Union 304. At 6 p.m. that evening she will participate in panel discussion on “The Myth of Male Supremacy and Female Subordination” in Elliott Union 238. The Rev. Renee Curtis-Meyer will open the discussion of the topic “God is Male and the Consequences.” She then will moderate the panel with Hwang and Marla J. Selvidge, UCM professor of religious studies and director of the Center for Religious Studies.

Hwang will lecture on “The Female as Divine” at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, in Elliott Union 238.

Noted Scholar and Lecturer

Hwang received a Ph.D. in Women’s Studies and Religion from Claremont Graduate University, and is a noted lecturer on women’s issues. She also is the foremost researcher in the area of the Goddess Mago in Korea. She has taught online courses for the UCM’s Women’s Studies program and Center for Religious Studies. Her research is the foundation of articles on Mago and numerous presentations in venues such as the American Academy of Religion and the International Interdisciplinary Congress on Women in Seoul, South Korea.

All events are free and open to the public. For additional information contact Selvidge at 660-543-8674, or Mary Kelly, associate professor of sociology.