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.

Bampton Lecture with Daniel Boyarin 2

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 been argued by several scholars already, there is no “native” term with […]

Bampton Lecture with Daniel Boyarin 1

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 been argued by several scholars already, there is no “native” term with […]

Matthew Engelke – Secular Shadows: African, Immanent, Postcolonial

Going by the lights of anthropology, political science, history, and other disciplines, it would seem that “the secular” is an irrelevant concept in, and for, sub-Saharan Africa. On Tuesday, March 10th, Matthew Engelke asks why, whether, and how that is the case. In doing so, he addresses a series of classic and contemporary discussions in the Africanist canon, […]

Wael Hallaq – God’s Word: Between the Intentional and the Political

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 seminar series will investigate what it means within the traditions of […]