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KNOXVILLE – A symposium on religion, healing and spirituality is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28 in the University Center Shiloh Room.

Hosted by Dr. Bob Overholt, local allergist and health commentator for NBC WBIR Channel 10 and -The Dr. Bob Show- on PBS, the event is the public dimension of a graduate class in the Department of Religious Studies.

The program, Religion, Healing, and Spirituality: New Initiatives and Challenges, is an opportunity to join practitioners and scholars for a discussion on the wide variety of healing options available today, Dr. Rosalind Hackett, UT religious studies professor, said.

Topics will include the mind-body connection, the power of prayer, acupuncture, massage, meditation, sound and music therapy, dance and yoga.

“Practitioners and scholars will discuss their own efforts to explore the links between religion and healing, as well as the challenges of these newer healing techniques to the mainstream religious and medical communities,” Hackett said.

The symposium is free and open to the public.