Event Responses

Religious Wars conference report

In conjunction with the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life (IRCPL) at Columbia University and RESET: Dialogue of Civilizations (Italy), the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies (RBIIS) recently organized a two-day conference on “Religious Wars in Early Modern Europe and Contemporary Islam.”  The organizers, RBIIS director John Torpey and IRCPL director Karen Barkey, […]

A Response to Elizabeth Shakman Hurd on the Politics of Religious Freedom

by Jonathan Thumas This past Thursday, September the 20th, Dr. Elizabeth Hurd of Northwestern University delivered a paper at Columbia, jointly sponsored by the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies and the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life. The paper will be a chapter in a forthcoming volume on human rights. During […]

Shopping on Shabbat Doesn’t A Dove Make: A response to Guy Ben Porat

By Hannah Rubashkin On Thursday, February 21, Guy Ben Porat, an Israeli lecturer from Ben-Gurion University, gave a lecture at the Columbia Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies on his latest book Between State and Synagogue: The Secularization of Contemporary Israel. His lecture addressed the main questions of his book. Is secularization occuring in Israel? […]

Gangster Nostalgia: A response to a public talk with Paul Lieberman

By Rivka Rappoport A response to a public conversation with Paul Lieberman, author of the Gangster Squad, at Columbia University on February 19th, 2013. Paul Lieberman’s talk “Gangster Movies and Reality” was marked, more than anything else, by a pervasive sentiment of nostalgia.  Throughout the talk, it seemed as if Lieberman longed for a world that […]

The Resignation of Scientific Capitalism

By chris crews A response to a public conversation with Wallace Broecker at Columbia University on November 13th. As a lifelong advocate of environmental education and a student of catastrophic and apocalyptic discourses in popular culture today, I was excited to hear that Columbia University’s Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life (IRCPL) was bringing Wallace […]

“I have grown tired of silence”: A response to a public talk by Charlotte Pierce-Baker

By Elizabeth Wade A response to a public conversation with Charlotte Pierce-Baker at Columbia University on October 23rd. One of the first things Charlotte Pierce-Baker made clear in her talk on November 4th was that it wasn’t going to be easy for her. Pierce-Baker, a professor of women’s and gender studies at Vanderbilt University, is a […]

The Choice is Ours: A Response to Jesse Jackson and Katrina vanden Heuvel

By Neshani Jani A response to a public conversation with Reverend Jesse Jackson and Katrina vanden Heuvel at Columbia University on October 25th, 2012. View photos of the conversation here. With the 2012 Presidential election occurring tomorrow, a Mitt Romney win would be a devastating blow to the progressive movement and would represent a step backwards […]