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Steel Center Lectures and Special Events

Upcoming Events

“Tibetan Sang Chö (Incense Offering) Ritual”

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Presented by Geshe Shenpen Samdrup and Dr. Gorvine


This traditional smoke or incense offering ceremony traces its roots to the indigenous Bön tradition of Tibet, which preceded the arrival of Buddhism in Tibet. It uses a variety of fragrant plants (such as juniper/cedar, sage, and other aromatics) as offerings to sanctify a given space and to restore one’s relationship with the physical and spiritual environment, purifying impurities and pollution in the process. This popular ritual as currently performed by laity and monastics integrates the practical, life-affirming concerns of Tibetans with the wisdom-teachings and compassionate-activities of enlightened beings (or Buddhas). It is believed that by participating in the offering, one may enhance one’s health, vitality and wellness, wish the same for others, and enjoy integrating with a broader, sacred world. Doing so may also help with final exams and projects! This particular performance will be conducted by Geshé Shenphen Samdrup, a Tibetan monk, scholar and spiritual teacher from Menri monastery in northern India, and all are welcome to join in! 

“Calming the Mind, Engaging the Heart: A Guided Meditation in the Tibetan Tradition” 

Thursday April 28, 2016

Mills Library at 4:10 p.m.

Presented by  Geshe Shenpen Samdrup and Dr. Gorvine

Come meet Samdrup Geshé Shenpen Samdup, a monk, scholar, and spiritual teacher in the Tibetan Bön religious lineage who was born in the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan and comes to us from Menri monastery in northern India. Drawing from his many years of study and practice, along with his experience working with students from around the world, Geshé Samdup will share insights and invite participants to get an experiential appreciation for how Tibetan practitioners understand and undertake meditation practice, and how these approaches might be of value to a variety of interested people.    

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Dare to imagine

“Another world is not only possible, she is on her way.  On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.”  So writes Arundhati Roy, Indian novelist and author of The God of Small Things. Another world becomes possible through acts of social imagination.  From October 10-18, 2015, people throughout the United States, influenced by hopes for the common good of the world, are creating Imagination Stations in public spaces nationwide.  One of them will be on the brick patio at Hendrix on October 12-14.  It is sponsored by the Hendrix Murphy Foundation, The Steel Center for the Study of Religion and Philosophy, Fat Soul International, and the “Art and Spirit” course of The Engaged Citizen initiative.  With chalk provided by the Hendrix Murphy Foundation, members of the Hendrix community (students, staff, and faculty) can write their own haiku and short poems, or draw images if they prefer, envisioning the world they wish to inhabit and—looking back from the future—celebrating the work  that helped bring it into existence. The entire process will be videotaped through time-lapse photography. The resulting texts, images, videos, and more will be uploaded to an online platform, yielding a crowd-sourced vision of the future, inspiring art, policy, and community action.

31st Annual Steel – Hendrix Awards Banquet

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Banquet and Awards at 5:30 p.m.

Worsham Performance Hall

Please join us to celebrate these individuals who have made significant contributions in the areas of religious education, social awareness, and youth service.

  • Anthony Falkowski – The Ethel K. Millar Award for Religion and Social Awareness
  • DrBrooks Holifield – The Mary and Ira A. Brumley Award for Religion Education
  • Lori Fallon – The Hendrix College Youth Director of the Year

(Tickets are $20 until February 19 $25 after that date w/ deadline of March 4, contact  or call 501-450-1263)

Followed By:

Wilson Lecture

at 7 P.M.

Hope in a Time of Climate Change: A Dialogue Between the Bible and Science

Presented by:  Dr. Carol Newsom of Emory University

Charles Howard Candler Professor of Old Testament and Past President of the Society of Biblical Literature 

Carol Newsom    

Religious language: How “different” is it from everyday language and why?Thursday, April 7, 2016

7pm Mills B followed by a reception in the Mills Library


Presented by guest speaker Dr. Eve Sweetser Professor of Linguistics, University of California – Berkeley

It is rather a standing trope of the discourse about religious language that it is special.  This is often said to be due to the ineffable nature of religious experience, simply beyond the capacity of language to express.  And yet – we keep on using language to express it.  Indeed, we keep on using the same kinds of language (many of the same metaphors, for example) which are part of our everyday grammatical repertory.  This talk will explore some of these structures, and discuss some of the reasons why this should be so.

*The event is free and open to the public.

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Farewell to the Raney Building 

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Reception 11 a.m. to noon 

Raney building lobby

We will bid farewell to Mary Richardson, Instructor of Speech at Hendrix since 1979; Stephen Kerr ’76, Virginia A. McCormick Pittman Distinguished Professor of Economics and Business, who has taught at Hendrix since 1979; and to the Raney building itself that will make way for the future Dawkins Welcome Center. If you cannot join us, please send your warm wishes to Mary and Stephen in care of the Office of Alumni and Constituent Engagement and we will deliver them.

Farewell Raney