Fall 2015 Events


December 2015

Koray Çalışkan – “Towards a New Regime Type: Competitive Authoritarianism of Political Islam in Turkey”

December 8, 2015 @ 4:15 pm - 6:00 pm

Koray Çalışkan Boğaziçi University, Department of Political Science and International Relations Introduced by: Karen Barkey Columbia University, Department of Sociology and Department of History Director of the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life This talk is co-sponsored by the ...

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Ron Suny – “They Can Live in the Desert But Nowhere Else:” Explaining the Armenian Genocide 100 Years Later

December 7, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Ronald Grigor Suny will speak about the controversies over whether the deportations and massacres of Armenians and Assyrians in the late Ottoman Empire constitute a genocide by the Young Turk government. Reviewing the massive documentation of the events, and the recent findings of scholars on th...

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The Politics of Memory: Victimization, Violence and Contested Narratives of the Past

December 3, 2015 @ 8:00 am - December 5, 2015 @ 5:00 pm

“The Politics of Memory” aims to explore issues relating to memory, victimhood, and violence. Possible themes include the changing nature and identity of victims and the theme of contested victimization, with a particular interest in topics that explore the anniversaries of historical vi...

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November 2015

A Conversation with Mohamed Fahmy

November 24, 2015 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Mohamed Fahmy is an award-winning Egyptian-Canadian journalist and author.  Fahmy has spent most of his career covering conflict zones and some of the most definitive global events that shape our world today.  During his multi-decade career, he has reported for the Los Angeles Times, the New York...

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Carlo Invernizzi Accetti at the City College of New York – “Relativism and Religion”

November 18, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Book Launch for: Relativism and Religion: Why Democratic Societies Do Not Need Moral Absolutes, by Carlo Invernizzi Accetti Wednesday, November 18, 2015 7:00 – 9:00 pm The Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership The City College of New York Shepard Hall, Room 250 160 Convent Ave...

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Race, Ethnicity and University Life: A Teach-In and Speak Out

November 18, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Given recent events at Yale and the University of Missouri, the Office of University Life will present a moderated conversation and open forum on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 from 5pm to 7pm at the Kraft Center.  Students, faculty, and administrators from across the university will address recent ...

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Mode d’Emploi – A Festival of Ideas

November 16, 2015 @ 8:00 am - November 29, 2015 @ 5:00 pm

Please note: Many of the Mode d’Emploi events are still scheduled to continue, despite the terrorist attacks of this past November 13.  According to the organizers of the festival: “In the face of this horror, in the face of violence, it is important to continue to discuss and to live...

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International Conference: The Idea of the Mediterranean

November 12, 2015 @ 4:00 pm - November 15, 2015 @ 5:00 pm

The Mediterranean has been the cradle of civilizations with a unique history of having given birth to all the Western cultures, to three world-wide religions, and to opening pathways to the Orient. An organic and autonomous Mediterranean identity may not exist as such today; but in the collective im...

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October 2015

Parables of Coercion: Conversion and Knowledge at the End of Islamic Spain

October 27, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Hispanic Institute for Latin American and Iberian Cultures and Book Culture and thrilled and honored to invite you to the release of Parables of Coercion: Conversion and Knowledge at the End of Islamic Spain (University of Chicago Press) by Seth Kimmel. Introductory remarks by Jesús R. Vel...

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A Living Legacy: Ibn ‘Arabi in Today’s World

October 23, 2015 @ 6:45 pm - October 24, 2015 @ 5:00 pm

For the 850th anniversary of the birth of Muhyiddin Ibn ’Arabi, the Ibn ‘Arabi Society in the U.S. is pleased to announce a major conference on his legacy. As one of history’s greatest universal mystics and interpreters of the human condition, Ibn ’Arabi’s teachings can offer us a window i...

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George Rupp – “The Power – and Limitations – of Individualism”

October 20, 2015 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Register now at this link. Please Note: There has been a change of venue for this event. It will now take place in the Maison Française in Buell Hall. In his newest book, Beyond Individualism: The Challenge of Inclusive Communities, George Rupp pushes modern individualism beyond its foundationa...

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Daniel Vaca – “Animating the Corporation: Religion, Stories, and Social Sense”

October 19, 2015 @ 2:10 pm - 4:00 pm

In the wake of 2014’s Hobby Lobby decision, observers of American society have objected to the contemporary entanglement of religious and corporate activity. And yet religion has animated business structures and decisions for over a century. Drawing especially upon histories of American evange...

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Jeremy Stolow – “Picturing Aura: On Visual Media, Esoteric Vision, and the Representation of Radiant Bodies”

October 12, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Jeremy Stolow, Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Concordia University, Montréal, will provide an overview and interim report on his current research, which surveys the range of optical instruments and visual media technologies used by psychic researchers, altern...

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September 2015

Sufism in India and Pakistan: Rethinking Islam, Democracy, and Identity

September 25, 2015 @ 9:00 am - September 26, 2015 @ 5:00 pm

The conference schedule and complete list of participants is now available here. Read presenters’ abstracts here. In contemporary politics, Sufis have been very much a part of the discourse, politics, and practice of Islam in the modern world. Western analysts often perceive Sufis as potentia...

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Pope Economics & Pope Ecology

September 24, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Pope Economics/Pope Ecology A panel discussion with Edouard Tétreau, Andrew Revkin, Erin Lothes, and Anthony Annett.  Moderated by Joan Walsh. Part of a series of events in anticipation of the 2015 Paris Climate Conference. On the occasion of Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S., invited panelists di...

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Bruce Lawrence – “Allahu Akbar – Greater than Whom?”

September 24, 2015 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

“god is not Great,” according to the late Christopher Hitchens, and to even question Islam is to be labeled a heretic, according to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, but beyond the titles of their bestselling books, there is the everyday experience of millions of Muslims.  While Allah does not belo...

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Akin Unver – “Turkey’s Kurdish Question: What do the 1990s tell us about contemporary politics?”

September 17, 2015 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

NEW LOCATION: This event will now be held in Knox Hall, Room 509. The Kurdish question is one of the most complicated and protracted conflicts of the Middle East and will never be resolved unless it is finally defined. The majority of the Kurdish people live in Turkey, which gives the country a un...

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Islam & World Peace: Perspectives from African Muslim Nonviolence Traditions

September 11, 2015 - September 13, 2015

Islam and World Peace International Conference Islam and World Peace: Perspectives from African Muslim Nonviolence Traditions September 11 – 13, 2015 International Affairs Building, 15th Floor 420 West 118th Street Columbia University For more details, visit: islampeaceconference.com A final...

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