Lectures and Events
Unless otherwise indicated, lectures listed below are in the Religious Studies Colloquium Series. The lecture program for 2017/18 is still in preparation, and further lectures will be added as they are organized.
Kathryn Lofton (Yale University), Impact of Religion Lecture, Thursday, February 22, 2018, further details to be added
William Adler (NC State), March 2018, further details to be added
Unless otherwise indicated, lectures listed below were in the Religious Studies Colloquium Series.
Rian Thum (Loyola University New Orleans and National Humanities Center), “Chinese Pilgrims, Indian Pirs,” November 9, 2017
Paula Fredriksen (Boston University), “God Was Not Odd/To Choose the Jews: Augustine on the Election of Israel,” November 6, 2017 (sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program)
Anna B. Bigelow (NC State), “The Tears and Smiles of Hagia Sophia: Istanbul and the Architecture of Religious Power,” October 19, 2017
Screening of Raise the Roof, a feature documentary by Yari and Cary Wolinsky, followed by a discussion led by Beth Holmgren (Institute for Slavic and Eurasian Studies, Duke University) about the film and other volunteer projects of restoration of cemeteries and synagogues in Poland and Ukraine, October 3, 2017 (sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program)
Adam Lowenstein (University of Pittsburgh), "The Jewish Cronenberg: A Cinema of Therapeutic Disintegration,” April 3, 2017 (Sponsored by the NC State programs in Jewish Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Communication, Rhetoric & Digital Media; the Duke University Jewish Studies Program; and the NC State Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies)
Eddie Glaude (William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African American Studies at Princeton University and President of the American Academy of Religion), “The Problem of ‘African-American Religion’: A Scholar’s Dilemma,” Impact of Religion Lecture with comments by Joseph Winters (Duke), March 30, 2017
Armin Langer (Salaam-Shalom Initiative, Berlin), “Let Us Not Be Divided: Coalition-Building Between Minorities in Europe,” March 22, 2017 (Sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies and the Jewish Studies Program)
Philosophy and Religious Studies Student Awards Reception, March 1, 2017
David Nirenberg (University of Chicago), “Anti-Judaism Past and Present,” February 7, 2017 (Sponsored by the NC State Jewish Studies Program)
Kathryn McClymond (Georgia State University), “Ritual Gone Wrong: What We Learn from Ritual Disruption,” November 7, 2016
Clark Chilson (University of Pittsburgh), “Introspection as Intervention: Naikan Meditation and Psychiatry in Japan,” November 4, 2016
Mary Elaine Hegland (Santa Clara University and the National Humanities Center), “Mourning and Mediation: The Politics of Religious Ritual in an Iranian Settlement,” October 20, 2016
“Immigration, Terrorism, and Islam During the 2016 Elections,” a panel discussion with Dr. Anna Bigelow, Dr. Akram Khater, and Dr. Charles Kurzman, September 19, 2016 (sponsored by the Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies and the Middle East Studies Program)
Religion and Politics in America and Across the Globe: Perspectives from Leading Analysts: Impact of Religion Forum, April 14, 2016. The speakers were Dr. Robert P. Jones, CEO of Public Religion Research Institute, and Dr. Douglas M. Padgett, unit leader for the Middle East in the U.S. Department of State Office of International Religious Freedom.
Philosophy and Religious Studies Student Awards Reception, March 2, 2016
Verena Kasper-Marienberg (University of Graz, Austria), "Who Gets the Best Fish? Jewish-Christian Conflicts in 18th Century Frankfurt," February 11, 2016
Emanuel Fiano (Duke), "The Rise and Fall of 'Jewish Christianity'," February 2, 2016
Rachel M. Lindsey (Washington University in St. Louis), "A Communion of Shadows: Religion and Photography in Nineteenth-Century America," November 18, 2015
William Adler (NC State), "Edessa and the Creation of a Christian Aristocracy," October 15, 2015
Flagg Miller (UC Davis), "The Audacious Ascetic: Sounding Out Insurgency through Osama bin Laden's Audiotape Collection," September 16, 2015 (Co-sponsored by the Laboratory for Analytical Sciences, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies)
Tulasi Srinivas (Emerson College), "Forging Faith: Ritual Creativity, Wonder and Ethical Inquiry in Contemporary India," April 16, 2015
Helen Dixon (NC State - History), "Into the Houses of Baal: Reassessing the Evidence for Phoenecian Religious Practice in the Iron Age Levant," April 15, 2015
Jason Sturdevant (NC State), "The First Christian Superheroes: Reading the Second and Third Century Acts of the Apostles," March 25, 2015
Philosophy and Religious Studies Student Awards Reception, March 4, 2015
John Corrigan (Florida State University and the National Humanities Center), "American Christians and the Feeling of Emptiness," February 12, 2015
Tu Yichao (Fudan University, China and the National Humanities Center), "Billy Graham, American Evangelicals and Sino-American Relations," November 12, 2014
Jason Ānanda Josephson (Williams College), "The Invention of 'Religion' in Japan," October 16, 2014
For a record of earlier lectures and events, please click here.