Public Lecture Series

IRCPL Icon - Public Lecture SeriesOur Public Lecture Series features audio recordings of IRCPL’s public events.  They are syndicated on iTunes, where you can subscribe to receive notifications when new lectures appear.

You can also read responses to many events, offering commentary and analysis on religion in the public sphere.

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

Religion and the Vote: The Role of Faith in Modern American Elections Monday, October 17, 2016 More information about this event is available here. Featuring: Anthea Butler, University of Pennsylvania Robert P. Jones, PRRI, Author of The End of White Christian America Sarah Posner, Journalist, Author of God’s Profits: Faith, Fraud, and the Republican Crusade for Values Voters […]

Video: “The Origins of Neoliberalism”

The Origins of Neoliberalism – A Panel Conversation Thursday, October 13, 2016 More information about this event is available here. Featuring: Dotan Leshem is a historian of systems of economic and political thought and a senior lecturer in the School of Political Science at the University of Haifa. Leshem’s book The Origins of Neoliberalism: Modeling The […]

Video: “Faith, Secularism, and Humanitarian Engagement”

Faith, Secularism, and Humanitarian Engagement Wednesday, September 21, 2016 More information on this event is available here. Featuring: Alastair Ager is Director of the Institute for Global Health and Development at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh and Professor of Population and Family Health at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health. George Rupp is Columbia University President Emeritus […]

Parimal Patil – Scripture Without a Scriptor

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Parimal Patil, Harvard University Scripture Without a Scriptor: Hermeneutics in Classical India Wednesday, April 29 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 it means within the traditions of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, and Hinduism, with […]

Marthe Hesselmans – Untangling Race, Religion, and Ethnicity in South Africa

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Marthe Hesselmans – Untangling Race, Religion, and Ethnicity in South Africa: A Community Effort April 28th In this presentation, Hesselmans zoomed in on two stories of integration that she encountered during her field research in South Africa in 2014. For more information, view the event page. Listen to the audio for this event here:

Shaul Magid – The Word of God Is No Word at All

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Shaul Magid, Indiana University “The Word of God Is No Word at All” Wednesday, April 15 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 it means within the traditions of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, and Hinduism, […]

Emergent Forms of Religious Life in Contemporary Mexico

“Emergent Forms of Religious Life in Contemporary Mexico” aims to develop a preliminary exploration of the broad theme of emergent religious forms in Mexican public life.  We hope to address new narratives and social practices developed to cope with everyday life in a society that has undergone such rapid and deep transformation, the nature of engagement of […]