Prof. Sparks holds a PhD in Religious Studies and Theology from the University of Chicago (2011) and specializes in the religious history and culture of Latin America. His research and interests encompass contemporary Christian and Native American religious movements in the Americas, including liberation theology, Latin American Protestantisms, and the revitalization of indigenous traditionalism.
Check out the newest course offerings in Religious Studies for Fall 2014:
RELI 240: Death and the Afterlife in World Religions, RELI 332: Mormonism, RELI 376: Religion and Revolution in Latin America, and RELI 387: Islam, Democracy, and Human Rights.
Last month, Professor Abdulaziz Sachedina, IIIT Chair of Islamic Studies, participated in an important conference in Najaf, Iraq, hosted by the University of Kufah, on Religious Pluralism as Envisioned in the Dialogue of Civilizations.
A new report, based on U.S. Census data, examines the value of a liberal arts degree in terms of lifetime earnings, and the results strongly support the worth of a humanities or social sciences degree.
The Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences has released a report and accompanying film, The Heart of the Matter, that stresses the fundamental importance of humanities and social sciences education in preparing American citizens for productive futures.