Carla Marie Reid
|Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Interdisciplinary Humanities
Departmental Area: Adjunct Faculty
Address: 432F Diffenbaugh
Carla Marie Reid (PhD Humanities, 2003) currently teaches classes in ethics and in gender studies in the Department of Religion. Her research has focused on religious ethics and violence, especially in the just war tradition. She is most interested in how these systems of thought pertain to humanitarian intervention and counter-terrorism.
Although most of her research has been on the just war tradition, her current work is on ethics and modern food production systems, which seem to have their own inherent violence. She is currently teaching a class on Religious Ethics and Food, which explores the connections or disconnections between traditional and religious ways of thinking about food and those of the twenty-first century food industry.
REL3180 Ethics and Food Dr. Reid
Religious Ethics of Food is a course exploring and examining our religious and cultural attitudes about food as well as ethical aspects of food production, dissemination, and use. In this course, we will be looking at the role of food in defining ourselves and our own cultures. We will also study the ways in which both agriculture and livestock, the substance of our food, interrelate with our political and economic systems, as well as the environment. It is the intention of this course to make you aware of the importance of food to our emotional, religious, and cultural lives, as well as the ethical dilemmas presented by our current system of food production. As such, we will be looking at the religious significance of food choices, often a primary factor in religious life, and the reasoning behind the mores that have arisen regarding food. We will also be examining religious systems of ethical thought and how food and its production fit into these, sometimes as a moral good and sometimes as a moral problem. We will also explore the paradigm shifts of thought and ethics regarding food over the course of the past century, how it has moved from ―"sustenance" on many levels to ―"nutrition" on one.
REL3145 Gender and Religion Dr. Reid
This course examines the impact of gender on religious beliefs and practices and the impact of religious beliefs and practices on gender, cross-culturally. We will be looking at the intersections of religion and culture, in general. In doing so, we will look at a history of feminist thought in religious studies and the current gender issues that have arisen through women’s examinations of religious thought and the study of religion. We will use a variety of texts, some film, class discussion, and writing to explore these topics a fully as possible.
Sec. 2 (Ref# 07640) T R 12:30pm-1:45pm KRB 0105