The Center for the Study of Spirituality at FIU is led by Dr. Nathan Katz.
Dr. Katz is professor of Religious Studies and founding chair of that department (1995-2004). He is the author of fifteen books and more than one hundred scholarly and popular articles. He has won four Fulbright awards for research and teaching in South Asia, where he has lived for more than seven years. He has been named a "Master Teacher" by the Florida Humanities Council an unprecedented eleven times, and in 1994 his classroom excellence was recognized with a Florida State University System Teaching Incentive Program award. In 1999 he won the President's Award for Achievement and Excellence, the most prestigious distinction awarded by FIU. His recent book, Who Are the Jews of India?, was a Finalist for the 2000 National Jewish Book Award in Sephardic Studies. He was awarded the 2004 Vak Devi Saraswati Award for bringing the study of Indian Jewish communities into the framework of Indology.
Dr. Katz came to FIU in 1994, where he developed and chaired a Program in Jewish Studies. In 1995 he became the founding chair of the Department of Religious Studies. The department now has ten full-time and a dozen adjunct faculty, teaches 2,500 students each year, enrolls 50 graduate students, and is poised to implement a Ph.D. program scheduled for 2005. He has also been very active in developing FIU's Asian Studies Program. He was responsible for the first visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to FIU in 1999 and the second in September 2004.
Among the guests will be:
Nov 5,'08 (Wed) 7:30 pm. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, founder of the Art of Living Foundation, "Peace and Reconcilliation", Graham Center Ballroom map to University Park Campus at FIU
Nov 13,'08 (Thu) 7:00 pm. "Spirituality Goes Green", With CSS Fellows Daniel Alvarez, Whitney Bauman, David Lee, Jack Parker, Sorah Dubitsky; Hospitality Management Patio map to Biscayne Bay Campus at FIU
Nov 20,'08 (Thu) 7:30 pm. Peter Rogen and the Mevlevi Sufis, "Sufi Poetry, Music and Whirling", 1701 Washington Ave., Miami Beach map to Temple Emanu-El
Jan 25,'09 (Sun) 7:30 pm. Robert A.F. Thurman, Columbia University professor and author of the book Why the Dalai Lama Matters, lecture and booksigning, 1701 Washington Ave., Miami Beach map to Temple Emanu-El
Feb 11,'09 (Wed) 7:30 pm. Rabbi Mitchell Chefitz, Miami-based author, on "Storytelling and Spirituality", Wolf University Center room 155 map to Biscayne Bay Campus at FIU
Feb 25,'09 (Wed) 7:30 pm. The Rev. Marianne Williamson, a metaphysical teacher and author, discussing A Course in Miracles map to Temple Emanu-El
Feb 27,'09 (Fri) 10:00 am. "New Thought Spirituality in America", Rev. Allen Sells, Graham Center 305 map to University Park Campus at FIU
Mar 5,'09 (Thu) 5:00 pm. "Spirituality in Business and the Professions", Al Porro and Javier Torres map to University Park Campus at FIU
Mar 12,'09 (Thu) 7:30 pm. "Women as Healers", An interfaith panel with Rev. Linnea Pearson, Graham Center room 140 map to University Park Campus at FIU
The programs will rotate among FIU's University Park and Biscayne Bay campuses and Temple Emanu-El of Miami Beach.
All are free except for Williamson; the fee for her address is still to be announced.
For details, call Nathan Katz, director of the center, at 305-348-3909.