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Jodie Vann

Assistant Professor of Religion (2018)

Contact Information

vannj@dickinson.edu

East College Room 217
717.245.1053

Education

  • B.A., University of Oregon, 2007
  • M.A., Florida State University, 2011
  • Ph.D., Arizona State University, 2018

2021-2022 Academic Year

Spring 2022

RELG 116 Religion, Nature & Enviro
This course explores how various religious and spiritual traditions have understood, conceptualized, and interacted with the natural world. Incorporating from both conventional religions (such as Catholicism, Judaism, and Buddhism) as well as newer spiritual forms (like Contemporary Paganism), the course provides a comparative survey of the relationships between religiosity and nature. Themes under examination include notions of human dominion, stewardship, panentheism, and naturalism. Students will consider how religious ideologies have shaped conceptions of nature, and how changing understandings of the natural world have challenged religious ideas.

RELG 318 Spiritual Not Religious
(e.g., Religion and Science; Encounters with Death; Liberation Theologies) Prerequisite dependent upon topic.

RELG 490 Senior Seminar
Advanced investigation of methods and critical perspectives for the study of religion with a focus to be determined by the instructor. Writing enriched. Prerequisite: 410 or permission of the instructor.