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Class of 2005

Sarah Hadmack Sarah Hadmack

Sarah wrote her Plan B portfolio papers on Jain Asceticism, Non-Indian Representations and Interpretations of the Goddess Kali, and Chinese Religions and Ecology. She completed field work in India as a student of the first International Summer School for Jain Studies. Shortly after graduation, she earned positions as a religion lecturer at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and a religion instructor at Windward Community College.

Matthew McDonald

M.A. Thesis: Imagining Mediums: The Iconography of Chinese Spirit Mediumship

During his time with the Department, Matthew studied Chinese religion, language, and iconography with Poul Andersen and participated on the Daoist Iconography Project developmental team. Since graduation, Matthew has returned to his native East Tennessee where he currently apprentices in a cabinetry shop. In the fall of 2011, Matthew will begin studying law at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Throughout his pursuits, the mysteries of the human condition remain a constant source of wonderment.

Michael Naparstek

M.A. Thesis: Why Do Bad Gods Look So Good?: The Iconography of Daoism's Four Great Yuanshuai

At UH, Michael studied Daoism with Poul Andersen and participated in the development of the Daoist Iconography Project. Since graduating, he spent two years teaching as a Lecturer in the Department of Religion at the University of Vermont. Afterwards, he moved to Taiwan, where he studied language and conducted research for two years. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Chinese Religion at the Department of East Asian Languages and Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The 2005 Alumni also include:

  • Roy Forbes
  • Christopher Handy
  • Monique Sadarangani
  • Rinchen Wangyel.
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