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January 2017

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

January 26 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

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

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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Human Rights in Tunisia

January 25 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

A discussion between Yadh Ben Achour, former President of the High Authority of the Revolution in Tunisia, Yasmine Ergas, Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), and Alfred Stepan, Wallace Sayre Professor of Government (SIPA), on human rights in post-revolution Tunisia. *click here to register* Please visit the Columbia Global Centers site

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Tunisia and the Question of Secularism

January 24 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

A conversation on secularism in post-revolution Tunisia between Yadh Ben Achour, former President of the High Authority of the Revolution in Tunisia, Katherine Ewing, Professor of Religion and Director of the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life, and Safwan Masri, Executive Vice President of Columbia Global Centers and Director, CGC | Amman. Please visit the Columbia Global Centers site here. *click here to RSVP for this event*

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Religion and Sexuality lecture series – Ali Altaf Mian

January 23 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Ali Altaf Mian is Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies at Seattle University.  His research interests include Islam in South Asia, Islamic law and ethics, gender and sexuality, feminist theory and practice, Sufism and comparative mysticism, continental philosophy, comparative religion, and theory and method in the study of religion. He is currently working on a manuscript titled, “Surviving Modernity: Ashraf ‘Ali Thanvi (1863-1943) and the Making of Muslim Orthodoxy in Colonial India.”

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The Religion of Karl Ove Knausgaard (Closed Workshop)

January 13 @ 9:00 am - January 14 @ 5:00 pm

The year by year translation into English of now the first four of Karl Ove Knausgaard’s virtuosic six-volume novel, Min Kamp (My Struggle), has become something of a slow-gathering storm. Ambiguously figured as “autobiographical” by some, the volumes present an absorbing, even gripping, first person narrative of the life of a Norwegian writer living in Stockholm today, an Everyman of sorts, one with the same name as the author. In its expansiveness, its textures, even in its anti-romanticism, Knausgaard’s is a world…

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December 2016

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 World; the History Department; and the Middle East Institute.

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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 available for purchase. Speakers will include: John Austin is African American/Japanese American. He converted to Islam fifteen years ago. He is a graduate of George Mason University and runs a small interactive design company in…

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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 podcast responds to the urgent need for critical reflection in the wake of the recent, deeply divisive presidential election. Guests Kazembe Balagun (Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung) and Bhaskar Sunkara (Jacobin) will convene together with BISR faculty including Tony Alessandrini,…

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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 battle for the heart of the Catholic Church. Radical Grace follows three fearless nuns who risk their place in the Church to follow another higher calling: social justice. February 2012: The Vatican officially censures American nuns, putting them…

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