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A Conference on Friendship Studies in Rosemont College

A Conference on Friendship Studies in Rosemont College

On April 26, 2019, I was invited to a conference on Friendship Studies in Rosemont College in Philadelphia. The organizer, professor Jennifer Jackson put together a number of panels to explore the status of Friendship Studies in contemporary academia. Importantly she introduced Oberlin as the only American institution of higher education in America where an interdisciplinary(…)

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A Wonderful Indonesian Friendship

A Wonderful Indonesian Friendship

This year Dr. Arismawan was the Shansi fellow who came from Ache Indonesia and stayed at Oberlin for the spring semester. He was engaged with the friendship Circle early on, participated in many sessions with deep cultural contribution, performed at our annual Friendship Festival and represented the best part of Indonesian culture. Aris is a(…)

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Friendship at Dusk

Friendship at Dusk

As I am packing to leave Oberlin for overseas, I was caught by the attached scene at Avon Lake yesterday. It appeared to me with a message on friendship: At dusk, there should be no worries of the dark night because friendship continues! Thank you friends for being ever-illuminating lights in this life. J. M.

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Olivia Tsang:Hikikomori: Silent Suffering

Olivia Tsang:Hikikomori: Silent Suffering

RELG 274 5/20/18 Social isolation is a growing epidemic with 40% of American adults saying they are lonely, double from 1980.[1]Linked with increased mortality, the lack of strong social ties, or lack of relationship with anyone for that matter, social isolation is a phenomenon seen around the world. Hikikomori is a culture bound syndrome of(…)

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God and Friendship: A Message from Topkapi

God and Friendship: A Message from Topkapi

This image was just sent by Hossein, a visitor to Topkapi museum in Istanbul. The master work of calligraphy says: “God is the Lord of Success, and He is Such a Blessing Friend!”    

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Alan S. Carroll: An Exemplary Career, A Paragon of Peace and Friendship Making

Alan S. Carroll: An Exemplary Career, A Paragon of Peace and Friendship Making

My Mini Bio V3 Alan (Al) S. Carroll May 15, 2018   This “Mini” bio is being written at the request of Oberlin College Professor Mohammad Jafar Mahallati so that his students in Shiraz, Iran will realize the unusual mixture of students in his Oberlin College classes on Friendship and Islam. It is “Mini” in that(…)

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Introduction to the Qur’an, Spring 2018: A Formulation for Best-Best Relations

Introduction to the Qur’an, Spring 2018: A Formulation for Best-Best Relations

Iam teaching this course (RELG 272) for ten years now. Every year, thanks to fresh intellectual space that the course enjoys because of new students, together, we discover new layers of meaning in our Qur’anic studies. One specific theme that came up this year was what I call the Qur’anic formulation of applied friendship. It(…)

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The Oberlin Friendship Festival: April 8, 2018

The Oberlin Friendship Festival: April 8, 2018

Our Friendship Festival was a great occasion this year. It is now almost a decade-old tradition. America is still number one arms exporter to the world. If we do not have the power to stop exporting fire to the world, Oberlin should be proud that it is a friendship exporting city.  Thanks to Oberlin Friendship(…)

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Mahallati: The Best Course I ever Taught

Mahallati: The Best Course I ever Taught

A Sincere thank you note to all my 16 students at Friendship: Perspectives in Religion, Politics, Economics and Arts. What a lovely journey with you guys. I discovered in each of you an ambassador of friendship wherever you go. I remember you for ever.  

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My Blood Brothers and Sisters by Al Carroll

My Blood Brothers and Sisters by Al Carroll

10-May-2018       I celebrate myself, and sing myself,       And what I assume you shall assume,       For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you. -Walt Whitman, “ Song of  Myself,” 1855                    I am proud to be an American My fore mothers and fore fathers of long ago were white, Anglo-Saxons(…)

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Al Carroll:Max Weber, Friends: Two women sitting on a bench, 1912

Al Carroll:Max Weber, Friends: Two women sitting on a bench, 1912

Gift of Joseph and Enid Bassett 1964.27 Stern Gallery? Friendship is often mistakenly considered to be a continuous source of joy.  However, in this pastel painting by Max Weber, we see another aspect of friendship.  Friends can be a comfort to each to each other in times of loss, pain or sorrow.  In this case(…)

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Arabic/Persian Calligraphy

Arabic/Persian Calligraphy

  Last week, Ms. Fatima Sarhan, our Arabic Assistant Teacher arranged a class for exercising Arabic/Persian calligraphy. It was very joyful occasion as students showed earnest interest.

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Mahallati: Friendships of Similarity and Difference

Mahallati: Friendships of Similarity and Difference

The image of this minimalist art work by Sol LeWitt brings to mind negotiations between two philosophical perspectives on friendship: the one believing that friendship forms on the basis of characteristic similarities and the more modern one held by philosophers like Schwarzenbach that advocates friendship based on difference. The art work also reflects on civic(…)

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To Al Carroll, the Oberlin Paragon of Peacemaking

To Al Carroll, the Oberlin Paragon of Peacemaking

On May 3rd. 2018, Al Carroll an emeritus professor who has become a paragon of peacemaking in Oberlin received an art gift with is name in Persian calligraphy reading: “To our Great Friend Al Carroll.” Many students and all members of the Oberlin Friendship Circle and PACS wrote appreciation notes in the back of the(…)

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Writing on Friendship Under the Chainsaw of Time

Writing on Friendship Under the Chainsaw of Time

Life is short. We are all under the chainsaw of time. Lets spend the rest of life on peace and friendship-making. Thank you Rania for inspiring this thought.

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In Search for Friendship in Arts

In Search for Friendship in Arts

On May 3, 2018, students of Friendship: Perspectives in Religion, politics, Economics and Arts experienced an inspiring tour in Allen Museum. Led by Olivia Fountain, the tour gave us an illuminating experience in search of friendship in art works.

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