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August 12th, 2004


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11:28 am - Next Quarter Class:
Next quarter, I will be taking the following class:

Comparative Studies 526: New Age and New Religious Movements (Graduate, 5 hours)

05136-7 D T R 0930-1118 EL 2003 URBAN*HUGH

From Shirley MacLaine and telephone psychics to UFO sightings and the X-files, New Age and new religious movements have come to permeate virtually every aspect of contemporary American culture. At the end of the millennium, we seemed to witness a rapid proliferation of new religious movements, alternative spiritualities and apocalyptic sects of which Waco and Heaven’s Gate were just a few of the visible examples. But amidst the increasing spread of alternative spiritualities we are left wondering, just what is the New Age, and is it really anything so new at all?

This course will trace the history of the major New Age and new religious movements in America, from early hermetic and occult traditions, to spiritualism and theosophy, down to the more extremist apocalyptic groups of our own day. For the purposes of this course, we will focus on a series of representative movements, including the Theosophical Society, channeling, neo-pagan witchcraft, the Branch Davidians, and Heaven’s Gate. Student input and suggestions for additional topics will also be strongly encouraged. In the process, we will also examine the close relationship between the New Age and late 20th-century consumer capitalist culture, as well as the increasing role of new technologies—above all the use of the Internet—in many new religious movements. As we will see, however, the so-called “New Age” is perhaps really not so new after all, but in many ways simply the latest expression of a long tradition of alternative spiritualities in the United States.
I love this university.
Current Mood: anxiousanxious
Current Music: "Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes", -JB
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From:qorinda
Date:August 12th, 2004 08:34 am (UTC)
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I will be interested in hearing about it - what they talk about, how they present the material, etc. Could you keep me filled in?
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From:chronarchy
Date:August 12th, 2004 08:37 am (UTC)
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I just found a new, updated description for the course :) Edited the entry to include it.
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From:qorinda
Date:August 12th, 2004 08:57 am (UTC)
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Definitely sounds interesting.... especially since it sounds like she is more or less outlining my own path over the past 30 years, heheh.
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From:wishesofastar
Date:August 12th, 2004 10:32 am (UTC)
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Actually, it's taught by Hugh Urban (a he). ;)
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From:chronarchy
Date:August 12th, 2004 10:47 am (UTC)
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He does have long hair.
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From:qorinda
Date:August 12th, 2004 04:33 pm (UTC)
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How strange that I assumed female gender. Oh well... believe me, I know better than to assume ANY gender :)
From:healing_coyote
Date:August 12th, 2004 08:36 am (UTC)
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that class was such a blast while I was in it... too bad it was too early for me and my police-type job. i think you will already have most of the required texts!
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From:chronarchy
Date:August 12th, 2004 08:45 am (UTC)
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If I don't have 'em, Brian will :)

My review of Drawing Down the Moon is likely to come in handy, though, I think.
From:ceolnamara
Date:August 12th, 2004 09:47 am (UTC)
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I so wish I could take that class.

Unfortunately, it fits into 0 spots in my schedule.
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From:romandruid
Date:August 12th, 2004 12:05 pm (UTC)
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You can help tanrinia with her UFO research then?
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From:chronarchy
Date:August 12th, 2004 12:07 pm (UTC)
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She could be my UFO research, I'm sure.
From:tanrinia
Date:August 12th, 2004 12:16 pm (UTC)
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hey! >:(

actually when you get the course reading list, fire it this way, if you wouldn't mind. i'm trying to remind myself that this is RESEARCH, but i'm having too much fun with it (and wish us luck saturday!)

lees
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From:ardgruntler
Date:August 13th, 2004 11:29 am (UTC)
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I'm jealous - I wanna hear all 'bout it TOO!!!!

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