Fall 2013 Events


December 2013

Constitutions and Cultural Pluralism: How Can Legal Frameworks Foster Tolerance and Peace in Multireligious Societies? Cases from the Middle East

December 3, 2013 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Constitutions and Cultural Pluralism: How Can Legal Frameworks Foster Tolerance and Peace in Multireligious Societies? Cases from the Middle East In the Middle East today, conflicts along religious and ethnic dimensions create situations in which minorities are in great danger.  It is important to ...

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November 2013

Spirit and Sound: A Concert Series – Najib Shaheen and Friends with special guests Rabbi Rolando Matalon and Deacon Naji Yousuf

November 25, 2013 @ 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm

Oudist Najib Shaheen will be performing with members of Simon Shaheen’s Near East Music Ensemble, with special guest Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon and Deacon Naji Yousuf.  The performance will be followed by a discussion of the shared musical histories between Jewish, Islamic, and Christian musi...

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Simone Natale on: The Spectacular Supernatural: Beliefs in Ghosts and Popular Entertainment in the Nineteenth Century

November 22, 2013 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

As spiritualism developed as a religious movement in the second half of the nineteenth century, the realm of show business and spectacular entertainment was experiencing revolutionary changes, with the creation of new kinds of audiences, the industrialization of the circuits of life entertainment an...

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The Founders Speak: Larry Harvey, John Perry Barlow, and Peter Hirshberg on Burning Man, Technology, Religion, and the Future

November 19, 2013 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Co-sponsored by the IRCPL and the Department of Religion. Panelists will include: Larry Harvey, Founder of Burning Man, and its guiding philosopher John Perry Barlow, Founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Wyoming cattle rancher, and  former lyricist for the Grateful Dead Peter Hirshberg, ...

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Meeting of the Toleration Working Group

November 18, 2013 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

This is a closed meeting.  Please contact jl3880@columbia.edu with questions about attendance.

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Human Rights Futures workshop

November 15, 2013 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

At this workshop, sponsored by the Luce Foundation, the contributors to a future published volume and various invited discussants will have the opportunity to discuss their work and the scope and future of the project. This is a closed workshop.  Email jl3880@columbia.edu with questions.  

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October 2013

Lehigh University: Workshop on Global and Regional Implications of the Syrian Crisis

October 29, 2013 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Sunday, November 3 to Tuesday, November 5, Lehigh University’s College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of International Relations hosts Join the Dialogue: A Workshop on Global and Regional Implications of the Syrian Crisis, with keynote speaker Anne C. Richards, Assistant Secretary of ...

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Rethinking the Secular Public: a discussion with Etienne Balibar & Stathis Gourgouris

October 21, 2013 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us on Monday, October 21 for a conversation between Etienne Balibar and Stathis Gourgouris on “Rethinking the Secular Public.”  The discussion, moderated by Jean Cohen, Professor of Political Science at Columbia University, will take place at the Heyman Center, in the second floor...

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Monica Marks on “From Prison to Palace: Islamism and Inclusion in Tunisia”

October 18, 2013 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Please join us on Friday, October 18th, for a talk from Monica Marks on: “From Prison to Palace: Islamism and Inclusion in Tunisia.” Discussant: Professor Al Stepan, Wallace Sayre Professor of Government and Director of the Center for the Study of Democracy, Toleration, and Religion Co...

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David Campbell on “The Politics of Irreligion: The Political Causes of America’s Growing Secularism”

October 17, 2013 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Over the past twenty years, there is evidence that—while remaining one of the most religious nations in the industrialized world—the United States has been experiencing a growth in secularism. Increasing evidence also suggests that this secular turn has been caused, at least in part, by a negati...

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Colloquium on Jewish Studies in Iberia and the Mediterranean

October 17, 2013 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The Hispanic Institute at the Department of Latin American and Iberian Studies and The Department of Anthropology The Department of History The Institute for Comparative Literature and Society The Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies The Institute for Religion Culture and Public Life The Heyman C...

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September 2013

Philip Hamburger on The Ku Klux Klan and the Separation of Church and State

September 27, 2013 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Join us for a lecture by Philip Hamburger, Maurice and Hilda Friedman Professor of Law at Columbia University, as he explores the complicated relationship of the Ku Klux Klan to the separation of church and state in the US. Philip Hamburger’s scholarship focuses on constitutional law and its hist...

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Elizabeth Shakman Hurd on The Politics of Religious Freedom

September 20, 2013 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies presents: “The Politics of Religious Freedom” with Elizabeth Shakman Hurd Associate Professor of Political Science, Northwestern University moderated by Jack Snyder Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Relations,...

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The Israeli-Palestinian Quagmire: Is There A Way Out? A Conversation with Peter Beinart & Yehouda Shenhav

September 16, 2013 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join the Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies for a conversation with Peter Beinart & Yehouda Shenhav: Peter Beinart of CUNY (author of The Crisis of Zionism & editor of openzion.com) will offer a defense of the two-state solution as the least bad outcome. Yehouda Shenhav of Tel-Aviv Un...

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