USI to host “World Religions: Exploring Diversity” event


The University of Southern Indiana College of Liberal Arts, religious studies minor, College of Liberal Arts Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee and Religious Life are proud to present “World Religions: Exploring Diversity,” a one-day event featuring music, art, yoga and more, on Tuesday, April 4. Light refreshments will be served. This event is open to the public at no charge. 

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., attendees can enjoy music, art, henna painting, yoga and meditation on the Labyrinth in front of the Liberal Arts Center. At 5 p.m., Tom Drury, Instructor of Music, and Dr. Norma Rosas-Mayen, Associate Professor of Spanish, will give a musical performance in Kleymeyer Hall, located in the Liberal Arts Center. 

Following the performance from 5:15-6:30 p.m., there will be a roundtable audience Q&A focusing on the similarities and differences in belief between various major world religions. Panelists include Dr. Greg Brown, Center for Communal Studies; Dr. Rocco Gennaro, Professor of Philosophy; Dr. Sukanya Gupta, Associate Professor of English; Jo Olson, Liberal Arts Adjunct Professor, Dr. Mary Lyn Stoll, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Dr. Manuel Apodaca-Valdez, Associate Professor of Spanish, and Amira Alashi, sociology and world languages and cultures student. 

Cultures around the world have long been fascinated by questions central to the study of religion. Knowledge of world religions is crucial to being a fully informed citizen and educated person. A religious studies minor can act as a springboard to a graduate degree. The minor can also enhance career opportunities in today’s increasingly multi-national and global world. Religion has an enormous impact on individuals, our nation and the international community. Learn more about this and other programs in the College of Liberal Arts at