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February 2017

Josef Sorett – Spirit in the Dark: A Religious History of Racial Aesthetics

February 23 @ 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm
Heyman Center for the Humanities Common Room,
74 Morningside Dr, New York, NY 10027 United States
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New Books in the Arts and Sciences – panel discussions celebrating recent work by the Columbia Faculty Josef Sorett, Associate Professor of Religion and African-American Studies and Director of the Center on African-American Religion, Sexual Politics and Social Justice (CARSS), has just released Spirit in the Dark: A Religious History of Racial Aesthetics through Oxford University Press. Spirit in the Dark offers an account of the ways in which religion, especially Afro-Protestantism, remained pivotal to the ideas and aspirations of African American literature across much of the…

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Religion and Public Life series – Divine Text, Mundane Language: Debating the Qur’an in Jakarta- Webb Keane

February 20 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Religion Department Building, Room 101,
80 Claremont Ave, New York, NY 10027 United States
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The Religion and Public Life lecture series presents public conversations that expand on current theories and spur debate about religion and secularism, considering the range of secularisms and institutionalizations of religion in Europe, the US, and other parts of the world. Lectures in the series examine specific approaches to how something called “religion” is manifest in public life, and cover timely topics including law, museums and cultural institutions, education and health provisions, politics/diplomacy, prisons, and protest and social movements. Divine Text,…

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Religion and Public Life series – Expertly Secular- Matthew Engelke

February 16 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Religion Department Building, Room 101,
80 Claremont Ave, New York, NY 10027 United States
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The Religion and Public Life lecture series presents public conversations that expand on current theories and spur debate about religion and secularism, considering the range of secularisms and institutionalizations of religion in Europe, the US, and other parts of the world. Lectures in the series examine specific approaches to how something called “religion” is manifest in public life, and cover timely topics including law, museums and cultural institutions, education and health provisions, politics/diplomacy, prisons, and protest and social movements. Expertly Secular…

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Religion and Public Life series – Robert A. Orsi – History and Presence

February 13 @ 4:10 pm - 6:00 pm
80 Claremont Ave, 1st Floor Conference Room,
80 Claremont Ave, New York, 10027
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This event requires registration. There are associated readings from Robert Orsi’s book History and Presence that will be emailed to you once you register. Please email info@ircpl.org to register. The question of “real presence”—the Catholic doctrine of the literal, physical, embodied presence of Christ in the host—coincided with early modern global conquest and commerce and shaped how Europeans encountered the religions of others. The gods really present, in the Catholic sense, were translated into metaphors and symptoms, and into functions of…

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Televised Redemption: Black Religious Media and Racial Empowerment

February 10 @ 4:10 pm - 6:00 pm
Library, Italian Academy,
1161 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10027 United States
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The institutional structures of white supremacy—slavery, Jim Crow laws, convict leasing, and mass incarceration—require a commonsense belief that black people lack the moral and intellectual capacities of white people. It is through this lens of belief that racial exclusions have been justified and reproduced in the United States. Televised Redemption argues that African American religious media has long played a key role in humanizing the race by unabashedly claiming that blacks are endowed by God with the same gifts of…

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Religion and Public Life series – A Liberal Saint: The Genealogy of a Public Ethics in India- Christian Lee Novetzke

February 9 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Religion Department Building, Room 101,
80 Claremont Ave, New York, NY 10027 United States
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The Religion and Public Life lecture series presents public conversations that expand on current theories and spur debate about religion and secularism, considering the range of secularisms and institutionalizations of religion in Europe, the US, and other parts of the world. Lectures in the series examine specific approaches to how something called “religion” is manifest in public life, and cover timely topics including law, museums and cultural institutions, education and health provisions, politics/diplomacy, prisons, and protest and social movements. A Liberal…

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Religion and Public Life series – Religion and Politics beyond Freedom and Violence- Elizabeth Shakman Hurd

February 2 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Religion Department Building, Room 101,
80 Claremont Ave, New York, NY 10027 United States
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The Religion and Public Life lecture series presents public conversations that expand on current theories and spur debate about religion and secularism, considering the range of secularisms and institutionalizations of religion in Europe, the US, and other parts of the world. Lectures in the series examine specific approaches to how something called “religion” is manifest in public life, and cover timely topics including law, museums and cultural institutions, education and health provisions, politics/diplomacy, prisons, and protest and social movements. Religion and…

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January 2017

Religion and Sexuality lecture series – Christians and Monsters in the History of Sexuality – Benjamin Dunning

January 30 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Religion Department Building, Room 101,
80 Claremont Ave, New York, NY 10027 United States
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Christians and Monsters in the History of Sexuality Benjamin Dunning is Professor in the Department of Theology at Fordham University.  He teaches primarily in the areas of Christianity in Antiquity, critical theory, and gender and sexuality studies. He is also an affiliated faculty member of Fordham’s interdisciplinary programs in both Comparative Literature and Women’s Studies. Sponsored by the Department of Religion at Columbia University.

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World Leaders Forum: The Historical Compromise between Civil State and Religion in the Tunisian Post-Revolution

January 26 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Low Memorial Library Rotunda,
535 West 116th Street, New York, NY 10027 United States
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This World Leaders Forum program features a discussion on the historical compromise between the civil state and religion in Tunisia (Le Compromis Historique entre Etat Civil et Religion dans l’Après-Révolution Tunisienne) with the former President of the High Authority of the Revolution and U.N. Human Rights Committee member Yadh Ben Achour. The discussion will situate recent upheavals in Tunisia within major debates concerning law and secularism in a post-revolution context. A question and answer session with the audience will follow.…

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Religion and Sexuality lecture series – Yannik Thiem

January 25 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Religion Department Building, Room 101,
80 Claremont Ave, New York, NY 10027 United States
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Yannik Thiem is Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Villanova University, and Director of the Doctoral Studies Program in Philosophy.  Thiem’s research interests include Critical Theory, Social and Political Philosophy, 19th- and 20th-Century German Philosophy, Feminist Theory,  and Digital Humanities.  Recent work includes the book Unbecoming Subjects: Judith Butler, Moral Philosophy, and Critical Responsibility, and the book project in progress, Ripples of Redemptive Time: The Ethics and Politics of Temporality in Hermann Cohen and Walter Benjamin. Sponsored by the Department…

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