SPRING 2015 Events


MAY 2015

Istanbul Seminars Philosophers Bridge the Bosphorus

May 26, 2015 @ 8:00 am - May 30, 2015 @ 5:00 pm

“Close encounters across all divides“: Every spring independent minds from different civilizational backgrounds discuss and debate the prospects for democracy, human rights and religion across all divides in week-long meeting (find out who attended the conferencelast time). Something in ...

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Jazz and the Spirit: Freedom Now, Again

May 7, 2015 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Music and song have been inextricably been part of the American civil rights movement.  Join us for a night of performances and a discussion on how jazz and gospel urged civil rights and social justice activists forward and interpreted the messages of the movement through music. A part of the Harl...

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APRIL 2015

“Performing Bhakti: Surdas in Song and Translation” Concert

April 30, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

This event is free and open to the public.  Reservations are required.  Reserve your seats now at bit.ly/surdasinsong. The IRCPL, Barnard Religion Department, Barnard Center for Translation Studies, and South Asia Institute at Columbia University present a concert and discussion: Performing Bhakti...

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From the Center for Mexican Studies: Leaders of Mexico Forum

April 30, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Columbia University’s Center for Mexican Studies presents the Leaders of Mexico Forum. Two distinguished human rights and social justice activists in Mexico, Bishop Raúl Vera, 2012 Nobel Prize Nominee, and Priest Alejandro Solalinde, an eminent migrants’ defender, will deliver this spe...

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Parimal Patil – “Scripture Without a Scriptor: Hermeneutics in Classical India”

April 29, 2015 @ 4:10 pm - 6:00 pm

Parimal Patil, Harvard University Scripture Without a Scriptor: Hermeneutics in Classical India Wednesday, April 29 Knox Hall, Room 509 What does it mean for something to be ‘the word of God?’ What are the origins, forms, and functions of this concept? This seminar series will investigate what i...

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Marthe Hesselmans – “Untangling Race, Religion, and Ethnicity in South Africa: A Community Effort”

April 28, 2015 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

NEW DATE ANNOUNCED: This event will now take place on Tuesday, April 28th in 301M Fayerweather. Untangling Race, Religion, and Ethnicity in South Africa: A Community Effort Once a pillar of South Africa’s apartheid system, the Dutch Reformed Church has in recent years become the scene of a remarka...

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Omri Elisha – “Saved by a Martyr: Mediation, Evangelical Sanctification, and the ‘Persecuted Church'”

April 27, 2015 @ 1:10 pm - 2:35 pm

Saved by a Martyr: Mediation, Evangelical Sanctification, and the “Persecuted Church”     Omri Elisha is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Queens College, CUNY. He has been a Resident Scholar at the School for Advanced Research, a Mellon Fellow at the Center for the Humanities at the...

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MARCH 2015

The Bampton Lectures in America, with Daniel Boyarin – A Genealogy for Judaism

March 30, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The 2015 Bampton Lectures in America will be given by Talmudic scholar Daniel Boyarin, speaking on: A Genealogy for Judaism. In this series of lectures, Daniel Boyarin proposes that scholarship ought to resist using the term “Judaism” with reference to the pre-modern period. As has ...

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Marilynne Robinson and Robert Hardies: A Reading and Discussion

March 30, 2015 @ 6:15 pm - 8:00 pm

The Heyman Center for the Humanities; the Writing Program of the School of the Arts; and the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life presents an evening with Pulitzer-prize winning author Marrilynne Robinson, who will read from her work and be in discussion with Unitarian Minister Robert Ha...

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Word of God lecture series – Hamid Dabashi

March 27, 2015 @ 4:10 pm - 6:00 pm

Hamid Dabashi, Columbia University “Can a Monotheist God be Multilingual?” Friday, March 27, 4:10-6:00pm 80 Claremont Ave, Room 101 What does it mean for something to be ‘the word of God?’ What are the origins, forms, and functions of this concept? This seminar series will investigate what i...

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The Tunisian Democratic Transition in Comparative Perspective: With Reflections on Indonesia, India, and Egypt

March 27, 2015 @ 9:00 am - March 28, 2015 @ 5:00 pm

The Tunisian Democratic Transition in Comparative Perspective: With Reflections on Indonesia, India, and Egypt March 27-28, 2015 International Affairs Building, Room 1501 420 West 118th Street Columbia University This event is free and open to all.  Registration is not required. Sponsored by the In...

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Teaching Religion: Pedagogy, Transmission, and Technology

March 27, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Columbia University Religion Department Graduate Student Conference: Teaching Religion: Pedagogy, Transmission, and Technology Keynote speaker: Kathryn Lofton, Professor of Religious Studies, American Studies, History, and Divinity, Yale University Pedagogy, transmission, and technology transform t...

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FEBRUARY 2015

Word of God lecture series – Arindam Chakrabarti

February 27, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Arindam Chakrabarti, University of Hawai’i “Moral Epistemic Authority With or Without God: The Meaning of an Imperative Sentence (Vidhi-vAkya), Nyaya versus Miimamsa” with Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak as Chair Friday, February 27, 10:00am – 12:00pm Schermerhorn Extension, Room 754 What ...

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Mirjam Kunkler – Religious Actors in Democratization Processes

February 23, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

What is the role of religious actors in the democratization processes of Muslim-majority countries? The only five countries categorized as democratic and free/partly free by Freedom House, the BTI and Polity IV as part of the Third and Fourth Waves of Democratization are Albania, Indonesia, Mali, Se...

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CANCELLED – Gish Amit – Ex-Libris – Chronicles of Theft, Preservation, and Appropriating at the Jewish National Library: The Case of the Palestinian and Yemenite Looted Books

February 23, 2015 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

This event has unfortunately been cancelled. Gish Amit has been involved in non-formal education for some twenty years. He taught cinema and literature at the Arab Democratic School in Jaffa, and lectured in philosophy and critical theory at Tel-Aviv University and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev...

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Tomorrow is the Question: Afrofuturism, Sound, and Spirit

February 13, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

PLEASE NOTE NEW LOCATION.  This event will now take place at: Union Theological Seminary, Social Hall 3041 Broadway at 121st Street New York, NY 10027 Enter through UTS main doorway on West side of Broadway. Following the idea of a black radical tradition, African and African diasporic futurism re...

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Word of God lecture series – Wael Hallaq

February 13, 2015 @ 4:10 pm - 6:00 pm

Wael Hallaq, Columbia University “God’s Word: Between the Intentional and the Political” Friday, February 13 4:10 – 6:00pm 80 Claremont Ave, Room 101 What does it mean for something to be ‘the word of God?’ What are the origins, forms, and functions of this concept? This sem...

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