Faculty in the News

Explore the latest research, writing, community involvement, and other activities by our faculty. Each link takes you to a related article.

Sarah Pike Outstanding Award Recipients for 2004–2005 Named
Professor Sarah Pike, Department of Religious Studies, has been selected as California State University, Chico’s Outstanding Professor for 2004–2005.

Andrew Flescher Altruism Course Receives National Recognition
A course developed and taught by Andrew Flescher, Department of Religious Studies, and Daniel Worthen, Department of Psychology, has been recognized as one of the top ethics courses in the country.

Donald Heinz Reality Hits Home: Professors Participate in PBS hands-on history series
Donald Heinz, Religious Studies, and Carolyn Heinz, Anthropology, describe five month’s of life on the set of the BBC/PBS series Colonial House.

Andrew Flescher and Daniel WorthenHonors Class Explores the Nature of Altruism
Andrew Flescher, religious studies, and Daniel Worthen, psychology, break new ground—intellectually and pedagogically—with their award-winning honors course on altruism.





Loren LybargerHow Does Islam Fit in our Ideas of the West?
Loren Lybarger, religious studies, assesses the state of scholarly, intellectual, and cultural relations between Islam, the Arabs, and the West.

Earthly Bodies, Magical SelvesNotes from a Pagan Campfire: A Subculture Arrives
Neopaganism is a fast growing subculture in contemporary American society, and Religious Studies Professor Sarah Pike is one of its most visible and compelling interlocutors.

RISE: Resources for International Study in EducationRISE (Resources for International Study in Education) Brings the World to Northern California
It's one thing to be committed to international education in theory, another to commit to providing the resources for students and public school teachers to take that commitment to the classroom. Several CSU, Chico faculty, including Bruce Grelle in religious studies, have dedicated themselves to the establishment of an important resource at CSU, Chico that meets this need.

Kate McCarthySpiritual Pop: Theologian explores ways religion appears in popular culture
Religion pervades contemporary American pop culture, in ways that might surprise many of us. Kate McCarthy, religious studies, discusses this phenomenon in light of her recent research and teaching.

Kate McCarthy and Joel ZimbelmanIslamic Diversity Challenges Popular Perceptions
Kate McCarthy and Joel Zimbelman, religious studies, reflect on Western attitudes toward Islam and fundamentalisms in general in the wake of 9-11.

Kazuaki TanahashiA Brush with out Time: Zen Paintings and Posters. Artist Kazuaki Tanahashi in Residence
Tanahashi’s artistic style and content challenges students to explore the link between religion, spirituality, aesthetics, and self-expression in the arts.