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Spring 2016 list:

Komal Ashok Kumar:

Title: The Transformations and Challenges of a Jain Religious Aspirant from Layperson to Ascetic: An Anthropological study of Shvetambar Terapanthi Female Mumukshus.

March 22, 2016 at 9:30 am DM 323

Major Professor: Dr. Steven M. Vose

Yehonatan Elazar-DeMota:

Title:An Ethnography: Discovering he Hidden Identity of the Banilejos

March 22, 2016 at 2pm DM 358

Major Professor: Dr. Tudor Parfitt

Sonia M. Scheuren:

Title: The Opposition of Latin American Liberation Theology and the Transformation of Christianity.

March 30, 2016 at 9:30 am DM 323

Major Professor: Dr. Ana Maria Bidegain

John D. Grullon:

Title: Unraveling the Functionality of the Bat Kol in the Babylonian Talmud.

March 30, 2016 at 11 am DM 358

Major Professor: Dr. Erik Larson

Meisam Vahedi:

Title: Epistemological Analysis of Traditionalist and Reformist Discourses Pertaining to Islamic Feminism in Iran.

March 30, 2016 at 1 pm DM 358

Major Professor: Dr. Iqbal Akhtar

Ramond Awadzi:

Title: Entrenching Indigenous African Pentecostalism in United States of America: A Study of a Ghanaian Founded Charismatic Church in South Florida.

March 30, 2016 at 2:30pm in DM 358

Major Professor: Dr. Albert Wuaku

Darbee Hagerty:

Title: A Feminist Perspective on the Lack of Full Ordination for Burmese Buddhist Nuns.

March 31, 2016 at 12:30 pm DM 358

Major Professor: Dr. Steven M. Vose

Anthony Paz:

Title: The Tensions of Karma and Ahimsa: Jain Ethics, Capitalism, and Slow Violence.

March 31, 2016 at 9:30 am DM 358

Major Professor: Dr. Steven M. Vose

Grisel D'Elena:

Title: The Gender Problem of Buddhist Nationalism in Myanmar: The 969 Movement and Theravada Nuns.

April 1, 2016 at 10:30 am DM 358

Major Professor: Dr. Steven M. Vose

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