|Rick Rogers, Ph.D.
Eastern Michigan University
History & Philosophy, Office 701H
|Office Voice Mail: (734) 487-3067
Cell Voice Mail: (734) 546-5557
Dr. Rogers' Profile
|Rick Rogers has a B.A. in Classics
and Philosophy from Calvin College, a M.A. in Medieval Studies from Western
Michigan University and a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from the University
of Michigan, and he teaches in the History and Philosophy Department at
Eastern Michigan University. He is an expert in the history and comparison
of world religions. His specialization is the traditions of Near Eastern
origins (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) and his current research focuses
on the common roots and history of the Abrahamic Religions, and on inter-faith
dialogue. He has taught at the University of Michigan, Albion College and
Concordia College. Dr. Rogers is the first recipient of the EMU-FT Lecturers
Outstanding Teaching Award (articles in the Ann
Arbor News and the Focus).
Also, Dr. Rogers was recently interviewed on Islam by the Ann
Arbor News and appeared on a local PBS television program, Currently
Speaking. For more biographical details see Tidbits
He has developed the following courses:
Dr. Rogers belongs to two professional societies, The American Academy of Religion and The Association for Religion and Intellectual Life, and is an active member of two local organizations, The Detroit Scholars' Trialogue of The National Conference for Community and Justice and The Interfaith Round Table of Washtenaw County.
I am married to Susan Kesling Rogers, ABC, APR.
My hobbies include tennis, basketball, playing chess, surfing the Net and playing with my Scottish Terrier, Bodhi (Wise Guy).
My favorite novel is Dmitri Merejkowski's The Romance of Leonardo Da Vinci, and my favorite novelists are Iris Murdoch, Walker Percy, Mary Renault and Dorothy L. Sayers. Reading John Herman Randall's essay on Western Civilization, The Making of the Modern Mind, led me to a career in scholarship. Walter Kaufmann's The Faith of a Heretic was my tutor in the power of critical thinking. My introduction to religious studies, a field of research that I have come to embrace passionately, was an exciting encounter with Huston Smith's The World's Religions.
However, it was my Grandfather, C. C. Lowe,
who in my youth inspired me with a love of wisdom and later encouraged
me to seek out academic service. My favorite quotation from my Grandfather's
favorite author keeps me intellectually grounded: