Category Archives: Public Lecture Series

Video: “Religion and the Vote: The Role of Faith in Modern American Elections”

Religion and the Vote: The Role of Faith in Modern American Elections
Monday, October 17, 2016
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Video: “The Origins of Neoliberalism”

The Origins of Neoliberalism – A Panel Conversation
Thursday, October 13, 2016
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Featuring:

Dotan Leshem is a historian of systems of economic and political thought and a senior lecturer in the School of Political Science at the University of Haifa. Leshem’s book The Origins of Neoliberalism: Modeling The Economy from Jesus to Foucault was published by Columbia University Press in June 2016.

Daniel Colucciello Barber is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Pace University. He is the author of Deleuze and the Naming of God and On Diaspora, and his current research addresses the idea of conversion.

Stathis Gourgouris is Professor of Classics, English, and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. He is the author of Dream Nation and Does Literature Think?, and editor of Freud and Fundamentalism.

Gil Anidjar (moderator) is Professor in the Departments of Religion; the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies (MESAAS); and the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society (ICLS).  He is the author of, among other works, The Jew, the Arab: A History of the Enemy; Semites: Race, Religion, Literature; and Blood: a Critique of Christianity.

Video: “Faith, Secularism, and Humanitarian Engagement”

Faith, Secularism, and Humanitarian Engagement
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

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Alastair Ager is Director of the Institute for Global Health and Development at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh and Professor of Population and Family Health at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health.

George Rupp is Columbia University President Emeritus and Adjunct Professor of Comparative Religion, International Affairs, and Public Health.

Introduced by Katherine Pratt Ewing, Director of the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life; and Wayne Proudfoot, Professor of Religion at Columbia University.

Parimal Patil – Scripture Without a Scriptor

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Parimal Patil, Harvard University
Scripture Without a Scriptor: Hermeneutics in Classical India

Wednesday, April 29

What does it mean for something to be ‘the word of God?’ What are the origins, forms, and functions of this concept? This seminar series will investigate what it means within the traditions of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, and Hinduism, with a variety of scholars and thinkers.

See the Word of God series for more information on other talks in the series.

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Marthe Hesselmans – Untangling Race, Religion, and Ethnicity in South Africa

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Marthe Hesselmans – Untangling Race, Religion, and Ethnicity in South Africa: A Community Effort
April 28th

In this presentation, Hesselmans zoomed in on two stories of integration that she encountered during her field research in South Africa in 2014. For more information, view the event page.

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Shaul Magid – The Word of God Is No Word at All

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Shaul Magid, Indiana University
“The Word of God Is No Word at All”
Wednesday, April 15

What does it mean for something to be ‘the word of God?’ What are the origins, forms, and functions of this concept? This seminar series will investigate what it means within the traditions of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, and Hinduism, with a variety of scholars and thinkers.

Listen to the audio for this event here:

See the Word of God series for more information on other talks in the series.

Emergent Forms of Religious Life in Contemporary Mexico

“Emergent Forms of Religious Life in Contemporary Mexico” aims to develop a preliminary exploration of the broad theme of emergent religious forms in Mexican public life.  We hope to address new narratives and social practices developed to cope with everyday life in a society that has undergone such rapid and deep transformation, the nature of engagement of contemporary religious organizations and trends in Mexican public life, and the proliferation of cult-like organizations that do not take on expressly religious forms, but may have kinship with them, such as Michoacán’s Knights Templar, Dianetics, or even the culture of pyramid scheme-like organizations such as Herbalife.

For more information, visit the event page here.

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