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Dr. Curt Lindquist reflects on sabbatical during Nov. 1 President's College

Dr. Curt Lindquist presented information from his Spring 2017 sabbatical during the President's College Nov. 1. The President's College is a learning initiative open to Reinhardt students, faculty and staff, as well as the general public. Lindquist spoke to a group Wednesday in the new community room at Hill Freeman Library and Spruill Learning Center.

Read more on Dr. Lindquist's sabbatical below and in the Fall 2017 edition of Reinhardt magazine

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Lindquist travels the world

By Timothy A. Norton, vice president for advancement and marketing

Dr. Lindquist’s travels have taken him around the world.

From Southeast Asia – Taiwan and Myanmar – and India, to Egypt, Israel and Spain, where his travels included the walk on the medieval Christian pilgrimage trail, the Camino de Santiago, Lindquist’s experiences have made a lasting impact on him personally.

His sabbatical has focused on “improving the general education course, Moral Responsibility.” In his role in religion and philosophy, he is “looking at the various major religious communities” to better understand how they address various issues he describes in metaphorically cute terms “sex, sweat, shrubs, strangers and sickness.”

The most meaningful part of his leave has been the ability to “immerse myself in local cultures and talk to local people. My intuition that most people try to be reasonable has been confirmed.”

While journeying, Lindquist’s blog – sabbatical2017blog.com – has kept students, colleagues and anyone else interested in his journeys up to date on his location and his personal experiences. Most of all, Lindquist says, “I have hoped to convey some of the lived religious feelings and customs of the people I’ve met.”

One of his many excursions included a drive to the far northern and eastern border of Israel to a high place overlooking the valley that is a checkpoint for United Nations troops monitoring the Syrian border. Seeing the desperation of those persons caught in the middle of the Syrian-Israeli conflict, Lindquist wrote:

“I had multiple feelings. I felt extremely sad for the Syrians who are going through hell right now (at Tantur is a man who wants to become a Syrian Catholic priest). I felt extremely sad for the plight of all the people still affected by the Israeli-Syrian situation and the whole situation in and surrounding Israel. Obviously, Israelis and Syrians are affected but also the Palestinians, who are sometimes forgotten.

At the Aida Palestinian Refugee, I saw people coming back after marching to show support from some of the Palestine prisoners participating in a hunger strike.

There is so much to make one feel sad in this whole region. Particularly, when the ones who suffer the most are often those that are innocent like the young or the elderly. Sad. Sad. Sad.

[Upon my return to the classroom] I’ll certainly want to convey to my students that conflict and violence still continue.”

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Dr. Curt Lindquist speaks to a group during the Nov. 1 President's College. Photo by Jeff Reed

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