Thomas Nelson Community College Faculty to Speak on Popularity of Buddhism in the United States

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Thomas Nelson Community College faculty member Heath Scott is the featured speaker at the Faculty Colloquium sponsored by the Communication and Humanities Division to be held on Tuesday, April 22 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the Espada Conference Center. Scott’s presentation is free and open to the public.

Buddhism made its way to the United States as early as the mid-nineteenth century, but not until fairly recently has the religion seen such an explosion in popularity. Scott will discuss why Americans are so fascinated with this ancient religion, and how they are modifying and adapting it to utilitarian ends. He will look specifically at how Western science is proving the medical benefits of meditation, and how American authors have appropriated Buddhist themes to grapple with cultural problems and social inequities.

For information on the TNCC Faculty Colloquium please contact Dr. Clarence Hundley at 825-2777.

PTK International Honor Society at TNCC to Sponsor Honor Seminar Series

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Gold, Gods and Glory, the Global Dynamics of Power is this year’s topic for the Honor Seminar Series sponsored by the Thomas Nelson Community College chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society. Seminars will be held in Room 100, Diggs Hall at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7 and Nov. 28.  The seminars are free to TNCC students, faculty and staff.  Admission is $2.00 for the general public with all proceeds to be donated to the VA Civil Rights Memorial Fund. For additional information about the seminars, visit the PTK website, www.ptk.org or call PTK faculty advisor, Wenda Ribeiro at 825-2820.

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