Fall 2016 Events


The Politial Doctrine of Jihad

December 12, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Sam Cherribi, Emory University Abram de Swaan, Queen Wilhelmina Visiting Professor at Columbia University RSVP at europe.columbia.edu/events. Sponsored by the European Institute.  Co-sponsored by the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life; the Program of Studies of the Dutch-Speaking Wo...

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A Conversation about Love: Queer & Straight Muslims Talk about Love & Dating

December 9, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The co-editors of Love, InshAllah and Salaam, Love will join a panel of contributors to and readers of these groundbreaking essay collections in a university-wide conversation about love, sex, and intimacy.  Stay after the event for a reception with the speakers, where copies of the book will be a...

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What Rough Beast? Contending with Trumpism

December 7, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

IRCPL Post-Doctoral Research Scholar and faculty member at the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, K. Soraya Batmanghelichi, will be among the speakers at a special live recording of the Podcast for Social Research, sponsored by the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research. This session of the ...

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Movie Screening: Radical Grace

December 6, 2016 @ 2:45 pm - 4:00 pm

Please note: This screening will be restricted to Columbia University ID holders only.  Please be respectful of this screening’s classroom setting. When the Vatican reprimands American sisters — citing their “radical feminism” — they become the spiritual and symbolic center of a battl...

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Saul Friedländer – Where Memory Leads: My Life

November 29, 2016 @ 12:00 am

Saul Friedländer is an award-winning Israeli historian and Professor Emeritus of History at UCLA.  He is the author of The Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945, winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction, among his other books. Friedländer will speak about ...

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Reframing the Debate about Secularism in the MENA Region: Religious Violence, Secular Violence, and the Question of “Real” Politics

November 19, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am

At the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) Annual Meeting 2016: Reframing the Debate about Secularism in the MENA Region: Religious Violence, Secular Violence, and the Question of “Real” Politics Now in its third and final year, this panel represents an ongoing collaborative effort to...

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Sex and Transgression as Ways to God in 19th Century Java: Hindu-Muslim Encounters

November 17, 2016 @ 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Space is limited, and registration is required.  Register here. The Suluk Lonthang, an example of Javanese Islamic Suluk poetry from the 19th century, exemplifies the relations of sexual transgression and the subversion of gender roles to the status of holy men and women in nineteenth century Java....

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Amos Oz – Judas

November 15, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Reservations will be required for this event.  Email reservation requests to info@ircpl.org.  More information is available at iijs.columbia.edu. Amos Oz is the author of fourteen novels and collections of short fiction, and numerous works of nonfiction. His acclaimed memoir A Tale of Love and Dar...

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Beyond the Hype: “Buddhism and Neuroscience” in a New Key

November 11, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Over the past three decades, since the creation of the Mind and Life Institute in the 80s under the auspices of the Dalai Lama and the neurobiologist Francisco Varela, a series of conferences have introduced the idea of a convergence between Buddhism and neuroscience. Neuroscientists have been parti...

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October 2016

Charity Thru Art: MSA Open Mic Fundraiser

October 28, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Columbia MSA is joining Charity Week once again to raise money to help children and orphans across the world. The ultimate vision of Charity Week is to become a vehicle to inspire young people to become active, socially engaged and united upon our shared Islamic and humanitarian values. Raising mone...

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Michael Barnett – The Star and the Stripes: The Foreign Policies of American Jews

October 25, 2016 @ 6:10 pm - 8:00 pm

Michael Barnett will speak about his newest book, The Star and the Stripes: A History of the Foreign Policies of the American Jews for the Religion and Politics in American Public Life series. Michael Barnett is University Professor of International Affairs and Political Science at the George Wash...

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Andrew Benjamin – What is Political Theology?

October 25, 2016 @ 4:10 pm - 6:00 pm

The world figures within any political theology. The world’s beginning, within that setting, inscribes the possibility of another beginning as the condition of any cosmology. And yet there has been a reconfiguration. What has altered and thus what has to be drawn into any thinking of a political ...

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

October 17, 2016 @ 4:10 pm - 6:00 pm

RSVPs are appreciated, but not necessary.  Click here to RSVP. Religion influences American political and public life in a huge variety of ways, shaping foreign policy, economics, and social issues. We seek to understand how religion impacts the way in which candidates for political office engage...

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The Origins of Neoliberalism – A Panel Conversation

October 13, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

In his newly published book, The Origins of Neoliberalism: Modeling the Economy from Jesus to Foucault, Dotan Leshem recasts the history of the West from an economic perspective, bringing politics, philosophy, and the economy closer together and revealing the significant role of Christian theolog...

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September 2016

Rosemary Corbett – Making Moderate Islam in America: the History Behind a Contemporary Debate

September 22, 2016 @ 4:10 pm - 6:00 pm

Drawing on a decade of research into the community that proposed the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque,” Corbett refutes the idea that current demands for Muslim moderation have primarily arisen in response to the events of 9/11, or to the violence often depicted in the media as unique to Mu...

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Faith, Secularism, and Humanitarian Engagement

September 21, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Alastair Ager’s new book, Faith, Secularism, and Humanitarian Engagement: Finding the Place of Religion in the Support of Displaced Communities, examines the contradiction between the long history of reliance upon religion and local faith groups in humanitarian work and the fact that modern ...

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