Religious traditions to be discussed Oct. 23

October 15, 2012 | Events, UToday
By Casey Cheap

The President’s Lecture Series on Diversity will turn its attention to religious diversity with a luncheon and panel discussion titled “Our Holy Days” Tuesday, Oct. 23.

Speakers have been invited to represent the six religions that have a registered student organization at UT: Buddhism, Catholicism, Islam, Judaism, Paganism and Protestantism.

The Main Campus luncheon will run from 11:30 a.m. to noon, and the panelists will speak from noon to 1 p.m. in Student Union Rooms 2582 and 2584. The registration deadline is Wednesday, Oct. 17; attendees looking to RSVP may email

The dialogue will be the signature event for the committee that has been sponsoring diversity-related happenings on campus since 2008.

“The goal of this event is to build awareness about various traditions,” said Emily Hardcastle, community outreach manager for the Office of Equity, Diversity and Community Engagement and co-chair of the President’s Lecture Series on Diversity. “We will be focusing specifically on those religions that have student organizations here at UT as a way to help build bridges between students, faculty and staff.”

The President’s Lecture Series on Diversity will stream the event for viewing at a luncheon on Health Science Campus; live streaming will begin at noon in Health Education Building Room 105.

Dr. Patricia Hogue, associate professor and chair of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies, assistant dean of diversity, student recruitment and retention in the College of Medicine and Life Sciences, and President’s Lecture Series on Diversity committee member, is helping to organize the viewing luncheon on Health Science Campus.

“Health and social care services should meet the needs of people from all backgrounds,” Hogue said. “You should not be treated less favorably than anyone else because of your religion or belief, or because you have no religion or belief. As future and current health-care providers, the religious panel is extremely relevant for the current climate.”

Space for the lunch is limited to the first 50 people who RSVP. However, after noon, the panel will be open to anyone looking to attend, and no RSVP will be required.

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