Fall 2014 Events

December 2014

Sufi Islam in 21st Century Politics – POSTPONED

December 8, 2014 @ 8:00 am - December 9, 2014 @ 5:00 pm

NOTE:  This workshop has been postponed, and will be rescheduled for 2015.  Please check back at ircpl.org for updates. This workshop is one part of our larger project on Sufi Islam in 21st Henry R. Luce Initiative for international and Public Affairs, which broadly asks what has made Sufism suc...

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Film Screening of Firaaq, followed by a discussion with director Nandita Das

December 4, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Film Screening of Firaaq (2008, 101 minutes) In Gujarati, Hindi, and Urdu with English subtitles Followed by a discussion with director Nandita Das Thursday, December 4, 2014 7:00pm – 9:30pm Knox Hall, Room 208 606 West 122nd Street, between Broadway and Claremont Firaaq follows the irrevoc...

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Ancestral Witnesses: Literature and the African American Religious Imagination – honoring James Baldwin and Audre Lorde

December 4, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Ancestral Witnesses: Literature and the African American Religious Imagination James Baldwin and Audre Lorde: A Revolutionary Hope As a series, Ancestral Witnesses will explore the intersections of religion and African American literature produced during the social upheavals of the Civil Rights an...

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Columbia University Press open house

December 3, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

On Tuesday, December 3 at 6:00 Columbia University Press is holding a special open house event for the Columbia community at the Columbia Bookstore. Editors, publicists, book designers, and other members on the press will be on hand to celebrate CUP’s newest books and discuss book publishin...

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Tunisian Democratization After the Elections: A Trip Report

December 3, 2014 @ 5:10 pm - 7:00 pm

On Wednesday, December 3, Professor Alfred Stepan will be speaking about Tunisia’s recent democratic transition and the elections which took place there last month.  Having just returned from another trip to the area, he will report on his experiences speaking with Tunisian political leaders...

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November 2014

Feminisms in Southeast Asia

November 20, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Feminisms in Southeast Asia with: Kristy Kelly, Saskia Schaefer, and Doris Gatmaitan Ramirez This panel discussion aims to explore the various feminisms of Southeast Asia that are often misrepresented and convoluted by Western media and the dominant liberal discourse.  We will be focusing our atte...

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Religion and Politics in American Public Life – Sarah B. Gordon

November 17, 2014 @ 2:10 pm - 4:00 pm

Sarah B. Gordon, University of Pennsylvania Law School, on: “The African Supplement: Law, Religion, and Race in Early National America” In unexpected ways, law provided African Americans with rights to religious integrity that they were denied in other venues. As black congregants devel...

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Mode d’Emploi – A Festival of Ideas

November 17, 2014 @ 8:00 am - November 30, 2014 @ 5:00 pm

This November, the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life is co-sponsoring events within the Villa Gillet’s Mode d’Emploi festival. Four representatives from the IRCPL – Director Karen Barkey and Advisory Committee members Souleymane Bachir Diagne, Sudipta Kaviraj, and Na...

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Religion and Politics in American Public Life – Tobin Miller Shearer

November 10, 2014 @ 2:10 pm - 4:00 pm

Tobin Miller Shearer, University of Montana, on: “The White Church and the Murder of Black Men: A Critique of Christian Whiteness” Black liberation and womanist theologians like James Cone and Delores Williams have critiqued the white church for its complicity in racism. Sociologists in ...

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George Rupp on: “Local Conflicts as a Global Challenge”

November 6, 2014 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Across the globe, the face of war is changing.  Wars are no longer battles between nation states or alliances of nation states across recognized borders.  Wars have become local.  Yet the challenges they present are global, both in the extended chaos they cause within nominally unified countri...

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October 2014

Philosophy in the Public Square

October 27, 2014 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Peter Catapano and Simon Critchley, editors of the New York Times column The Stone, will discuss the history and purpose of this important initiative.  While the general orientation of The Stone is philosophical, Peter and Simon are open to contributions on a wide range of topics from graduate stu...

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Religious Wars in Early Modern Europe and Contemporary Islam: Reflections, Patterns and Comparisons

October 23, 2014 @ 10:00 am - October 24, 2014 @ 4:00 pm

Recent developments in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Bahrain, and elsewhere in the Middle East and South Asia suggest growing sectarian antagonism as a major cause of violence in the region.  Are we witnessing a civil war within the Islamic umma?  If so, what are the causes of this conflict?  How does th...

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Are the Gods Afraid of Black Sexuality? Religion and the Burdens of Black Sexual Politics

October 23, 2014 @ 9:00 am - October 24, 2014 @ 5:00 pm

Thursday, October 23, 2014 – 10:30am  Friday, October 24, 2014 – 6:15pm Earl Hall, Columbia University & First Corinthian Baptist Church, Harlem Registration and more information at iraas.com. We are living through a moment when tremendous change is taking place at the intersection ...

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The Book – sculptures by Elisabeth Raphaël

October 22, 2014 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Book Opening reception and meet-the-artist: Wednesday, October 22, 5-7 p.m. (no RSVP necessary) Following the opening, the exhibition will be on view October 23–November 21, Monday–Friday, 12-5 p.m. and during evening events Elisabeth Raphaël’s fourteen sculptures exhibited ...

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Narratives of Social Protest: Personal & Political

October 17, 2014 @ 2:10 pm - 4:00 pm

Journalists and social media activists are the first to tell the stories of social protest movements, but every politician knows the power of a personal story to bring attention to a conflict and inspire the wider world to press for change.  While journalists must hew to the straightforward facts o...

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September 2014

Alon Confino: A World Without Jews

September 15, 2014 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Why exactly did the Nazis burn the Hebrew Bible everywhere in Germany on November 9, 1938? The event has not been adequately accounted for by historians in their large-scale assessments of how and why the Holocaust occurred. In Alon Confino’s new book, A World Without Jews: The Nazi Imaginati...

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Pluralism: Sufi Thought and Practice

September 12, 2014 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This September we will gather to look at the contributions of Sufi thought and practice to understandings of pluralism in the Ottoman Middle East, South Asia, and West Africa. The first panel will examine traditions and trajectories of Sufi thought and practices around pluralism.  How can histori...

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Reza Aslan on: The Jesus of History and The Christ of Faith

September 9, 2014 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Bestselling author Reza Aslan presents a historical account of the life of Jesus in his new critically acclaimed book entitled Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. The book covers the life and times of Jesus, emphasizing his role as a revolutionary political leader in the rebellion again...

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