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.
Carol Ferris, master's in interdisciplinary studies alum, will present at a conference at Oxford University presented by the ARAM Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies of the Oriental Institute in April 2014.
The society is holding their 39th international conference. This year's theme is Astrology in the Ancient Near East. Ferris' paper is titled The Celestial Roads of Babylon and early China, and it is based on her thesis: The Sky's Body: Constellations and Medicine.
Ferris' thesis outlined the parallel and divergent developments of nature-based thinking in two cultures: Hellenic Greece (circa 460 BCE - 200 CE) and Han China (circa 300 BCE - 200 CE). She examined the development of theoretical and applied frameworks of governance and medicine, rooted in early cosmologies of resonant relationship with nature, and in the correlation of celestial and terrestrial movements. She concluded by comparing ancient thinking of resonant relationship with nature to modern thinking about separateness from nature, and suggested consequences for modern personal and social well-being.
Carol Ferris has been a professional astrological counselor for more than 30 years. She earned her MA in Interdisciplinary Studies in 2013, and she is working on the publication of a book based on her master's thesis.