Gurus and Governors

This FIG combines the study of key texts from Asian religious traditions together with the engaging “Reacting to the Past” role-playing learning that focuses on a pair of concrete historical, political, and social contexts in which Indian religious traditions play pivotal parts. For more information on how the Reacting to the Past class works, see the video below.

"It kind of feels like you're there, even though you're in a classroom."

- UO Student Daniel Berger on his experience within his Reacting to the Past course.

College Connections Faculty: Rick Colby

Dr. Rick Colby is Associate Professor and Head of the Religious Studies department.  He was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin, and attended undergrad at a small liberal arts college in Philadelphia, where his interests in Arabic and Islamic Studies were first kindled. After graduation, he traveled in and around Egypt for a year on a Thomas J. Watson fellowship, getting to know Egyptian coffeehouse culture and practicing Egyptian dialect. He then completed a Master's degree at the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in Religion from Duke University.

During his dissertation research, Rick spent over a year researching medieval Arabic manuscripts in Damascus, Istanbul, Cairo, London, Paris, and Berlin, partly supported by a Fulbright Fellowship to Syria. He taught for six years in a Comparative Religion department at Miami University before arriving at the U of O in 2008, where he received tenure in his first year here. Rick and his wife Penny live in Eugene with their canine children Murphy and Chico, and their feline children Trillian and Galadriel.

FIG Assistant: Avery Miller

Bio coming soon


Summer Assignment

Coming July 2018. Faculty and FAs are currently in the process of developing the FIG assignments.

Week of Welcome FIG Meeting

Coming August 2018