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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1996 - Unplugged. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. April 23, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/15484/show/15375.

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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1996 - Unplugged. Houstonian Yearbook Collection. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/15484/show/15375

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Transcript UH's new Religious Studies Program receives much praise A discussion and a reception marked the kickoff of the University of Houston's new Religious Studies Program Thursday night at the University Hilton. Led by a panel consisting of Michael Wyschogrod and Lynn Mitchell, the directors of the new program, and Elias Bongmba, a professor of religious studies at Rice University, the discussion was titled "The Study of Religion at the Threshold of the 21st Century." "I think it's gotten off to a good start," said Lawrence Curry, associate dean of the UH College of Humanities, Fine Arts and Communication. Mitchell said, "I'm very optimistic, and I think there's going to be a lot of support for this. I know there's a lot of support in Houston." The discussion focused on the importance of the study of world religions in today's world. Bongmba emphasized the value of familiarity with religions other than those with which one is already familiar, saying that variety in religion should be treated not as a barrier, but as an invitation to understanding other people and their cultures. "Saying that all religions say the same thing is not giving enough respect to those religions," Mitchell added. "The people who are best at dialogue with other cultures, and other religions, are those who are secure in their own." Mitchell also said he believes religion should be treated as something that is alive, despite past predictions that it would be dead by the end of this century. "I think that one of the turns that is taking place at the threshold of the 21st century is the recognition that we need to study religion to form new religion," he said, referring to the fact that all current religion is based on past practices and ideas. Wyschogrod cited examples of this idea, and said the study of Judaism and Christianity has changed in many ways over the course of the past century, now including such specialized fields as feminist Judaism. Wyschogrod said, "If you write a book, as long as that book is out in the world, different people will see different things in it than what you saw. By study, interpretation is opened up in a very rich way. "You never know what treasures are in the back room" of religion, he said, referring to the importance of religious study cultivating new interpretation of religious texts. The new Religious Studies Program is expected to enjoy rapid growth, Curry said. "I hope there will be enough private support to endow some chairs, full-time faculty members, and it seems to me that's what it will take before it will be possible to think of offering a major," he said. Wyschogrod said he hopes to have appointed some chairs within the next 10 years to specialize not only in established religions, but also in such topics as the sociology and psychology of religion. Another wish Wyschogrod expressed was that UH would one day establish a religious library, but he noted that it would be a huge project that would require much planning and work to achieve. Jacob Ratner, a junior hotel restaurant management major, said he was "surprised and delighted" to discover that a minor program in religious studies would be offered and that he would receive recognition for the religion classes he has already completed. Curry said, "I think the program is a good beginning and that it will be a very attractive minor for students. I'm enthusiastic about it. I think it's long overdue. I'm glad we have it, and I expect it to be very successful." Wyschogrod said he has received a huge response to the initiation of the program already. He said he is confident that the best is yet to come. Jim Parsons (courtesy of The Daily Cougar, 4/1/96) 1S1