Dr. Jennifer Sasser, human sciences chair and gerontology program director, is one of several experts who will lead Oregon Humanities' Talking About Dying Series starting in September 2015.
Religious studies faculty Honor Vallor and interdisciplinary studies alum Willow Teegarden will give presentations on The Sacredness of Water at the Oregon Coast Center in Newport on September 27 and 28, 2013.
Vallor and Teegarden, along with author Matt Love, will speak on issues of waterfrom their faith and/or spiritual traditions. Subjects covered will include Protestant environmental ethics; water ceremonies that focus on fish symbolism; rain as the most treasured resource in the Northwest; sun dance and water; Celtic spirituality and water symbolism; and the Crystal Springs salmon habitat restoration project.
Honor Vallor is a faculty member in the Department of Religious Studies. Her focus is the complementarity of spirit and nature as it reflects ethical concern for all sentient beings and regard for sustainability of communities—ecological, animal and human.
Willow Teegarden is a 2004 graduate of Marylhurst University. She earned a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies, studying writing, psychology and religious studies.