Mark Muesse

  • 26 Aug 2017
  • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Hoag Auditorium, University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, GA
  • 123


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • Students, faculty and staff of the University of North Georgia can attend lecture at no cost but are responsible for paying $19.50 if they want to eat lunch.

Mark W. Muesse is Professor Emeritus at Rhodes College, where he was chair of the Department of Religious Studies and held the W. J. Millard Professorship in Religious Studies.

A native of Waco, Texas, Muesse attended Baylor University, where he received a B.A., summa cum laude, in English Literature (1979). He also attended Harvard University, where he earned a Masters of Theological Studies (1981), a Masters of Arts (1983), and a Ph.D. in The Study of Religion (1987).

At Rhodes, he taught courses in world religions, philosophy, and spirituality. In 2007, he received Fortress Press’s Undergraduate Teaching Award at the American Academy of Religion annual meeting in San Diego. In 2008, he received the Clarence Day Award for Outstanding Teaching, Rhodes′ highest honor for a member of its faculty. He was a 2011 recipient of the “Distinguished Service Award” from the Viswayogi Viswamji Foundation for Universal Integration and Peace in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India, for “outstanding and dedicated community service and exceptional efforts to promote ‘human values and culture.’”

He has produced four lecture series and companion books for The Great Courses: The Great Religions: Hinduism; Religions of the Axial Age; Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad; and Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation. He is the author of many articles and reviews in comparative religions and theology. His books include Redeeming Men: Religion and Masculinities, The Hindu Traditions: A Concise Introduction, which was awarded a Certificate of Special Distinction by the Uberoi Foundation for Religious Studies, and The Age of Sages: The Axial Age in Asia and the Near East. His newest book, Four Wise Men: The Lives and Teachings of Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad, was published by Cascade Books in 2017.

Muesse has been Visiting Professor of Theology at the Tamilnadu Theological Seminary in Madurai, India. He has traveled extensively throughout Asia and has studied at International Buddhist Meditation Centre, Bangkok, Thailand; the Himalayan Yogic Institute, Kathmandu, Nepal; the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey; and the Subodhi Institute in Piliyandala, Sri Lanka.

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