Fall 2013 Events


December 2013

Constitutions and Cultural Pluralism: How Can Legal Frameworks Foster Tolerance and Peace in Multireligious Societies? Cases from the Middle East
December 3, 2013 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Constitutions and Cultural Pluralism: How Can Legal Frameworks Foster Tolerance and Peace in Multireligious Societies? Cases from the Middle East In the Middle East today, conflicts along religious and ethnic dimensions create situations in which minorities are in great danger.  It is important to ...

November 2013

Spirit and Sound: A Concert Series – Run, Mary, Run: the Ring Shout and the foundation of African-American Music and Dance
November 1, 2013 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
RUN MARY RUN the Ring Shout and the foundation of African-American Music and Dance This event is now sold out. Be sure to sign up early for your spot at the next show in the series, Najib Shaheen and Friends with special guests Rabbi Rolando Matalon and Deacon Naji Yousuf. On Friday, November 1, Ras...
Fabrice Balanche: Minorities in the Syrian Crisis
November 6, 2013 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
The slogan chanted in the demonstrations against the regime of Bashar al-Assad in spring 2011 was controversial: “The Alawites to the grave and Christians to Beirut.”  The Syrian opposition claimed that the authors of this slogan were members of the intelligence services who infiltrated...
Winnifred F. Sullivan on: “Religion and the Roberts Court”
November 7, 2013 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
It is widely acknowledged that the jurisprudence of the religion clauses of the First Amendment is up for grabs once again. What can we say about the cases decided in the last eight years? Is the Court leading or following—or perhaps doing something tangential—when it comes to the religion of mo...
The Power of Women’s Islamic Education
November 8, 2013 @ 2:00 pm - November 9, 2013 @ 5:00 pm
The Power of Women’s Islamic Education This is a closed workshop.  Contact Amina Tawasil with questions. Across the Muslim world, women are attending not just mosque study groups but new institutes for Islamic studies, Islamic universities, and seminaries. In the Western media “madrasas” ar...
Daphne Lappa on: “Religious conversion in the Venetian Casa dei Catecumeni and the conceptual boundaries of the notion of fluidity”
November 12, 2013 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Over the past two decades, the idea that religious boundaries and religious identities were ‘fluid,’ ‘ambiguous,’ ‘malleable,’ or ‘imprecise’ has prevailed within the field of early modern studies. Although widely diffused, this understanding remains rather unclear, as imprecision un...
Sara Lewis on: Political Violence as a Ground for Bodhichitta Practice Among Tibetan Buddhists in Exile
November 13, 2013 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Political Violence as a Ground for Bodhichitta Practice Among Tibetan Buddhists in Exile A talk by Sara Lewis, PhD candidate in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences with discussant Annabella Pitkin, Assistant Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures at Barnard Recent work in global mental ...
Human Rights Futures workshop
November 15, 2013 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
At this workshop, sponsored by the Luce Foundation, the contributors to a future published volume and various invited discussants will have the opportunity to discuss their work and the scope and future of the project. This is a closed workshop.  Email jl3880@columbia.edu with questions.  
Meeting of the Toleration Working Group
November 18, 2013 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
This is a closed meeting.  Please contact jl3880@columbia.edu with questions about attendance.
The Founders Speak: Larry Harvey, John Perry Barlow, and Peter Hirshberg on Burning Man, Technology, Religion, and the Future
November 19, 2013 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Co-sponsored by the IRCPL and the Department of Religion. Panelists will include: Larry Harvey, Founder of Burning Man, and its guiding philosopher John Perry Barlow, Founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Wyoming cattle rancher, and  former lyricist for the Grateful Dead Peter Hirshberg, ...
Simone Natale on: The Spectacular Supernatural: Beliefs in Ghosts and Popular Entertainment in the Nineteenth Century
November 22, 2013 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
As spiritualism developed as a religious movement in the second half of the nineteenth century, the realm of show business and spectacular entertainment was experiencing revolutionary changes, with the creation of new kinds of audiences, the industrialization of the circuits of life entertainment an...
Spirit and Sound: A Concert Series – Najib Shaheen and Friends with special guests Rabbi Rolando Matalon and Deacon Naji Yousuf
November 25, 2013 @ 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm
Oudist Najib Shaheen will be performing with members of Simon Shaheen’s Near East Music Ensemble, with special guest Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon and Deacon Naji Yousuf.  The performance will be followed by a discussion of the shared musical histories between Jewish, Islamic, and Christian musi...

October 2013

Trajectories of the Secular
October 1, 2013 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Trajectories of the Secular is a closed workshop.  To inquire about attendance, email jl3880@columbia.edu. This half-day workshop is intended to feature short presentations followed by an open discussion on the trajectory of the secular in various contemporary societies. It is an opportunity for ...
Conference: Religion, Conflict, and Accommodation in Modern India
October 4, 2013 @ 10:00 am - October 5, 2013 @ 5:00 pm
The IRCPL is sponsoring a two-day workshop on ‘Religion, conflict and accommodation in Indian history: the modern period’ on October 4th and 5th, 2013. Organized by Sudipta Kaviraj, Professor of Indian Politics and Intellectual History at Columbia University, and Rajeev Bhargava, Senior Fellow...
Political Science Comparative Politics: Anna Grzymala-Busse – Weapons of the Meek: How Churches Influence Democratic Policy
October 15, 2013 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Please join the Harriman Institute; the Institute for Religion, Culture & Public Life; and the Department of Political Science for a meeting of the Comparative Politics Seminar with Anna Grzymala-Busse (University of Michigan). For more information, go to harriman.columbia.edu. Anna Grzymala-Bus...
Soli Ozel on: Gezi Park Protests: The Religious Dimension
October 15, 2013 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
The Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life welcomes Professor Soli Özel to speak on Tuesday, October 15th, at 12:15pm.  He will be discuss religion and the recent Gezi Park protests in Turkey. Soli Özel  is professor of International Relations and Political Science at Kadir Has Unive...
Walls & Bridges: How Do We Write a “History in Equal Parts” of Colonial Encounters?
October 16, 2013 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Closed Graduate Seminar: How Do We Write a “History in Equal Parts” of Colonial Encounters? A conversation featuring: Karen Barkey (Sociologist and Director of the IRCPL at Columbia / US) and Romain Bertrand (Historian and Director of Research at the Centre d’études et de recherches internati...
Walls & Bridges: Says Who? Writing from a Global Perspective
October 16, 2013 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Featuring: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Novelist / NI), Romain Bertrand (Historian / FR), Siddhartha Deb (Writer / IN), Farah Griffin (Professor of English and Comparative Literature and African-American Studies / US) Hosted by Khalil Gibran Muhammad, (Historian and director of Schomburg Center f...
David Campbell on “The Politics of Irreligion: The Political Causes of America’s Growing Secularism”
October 17, 2013 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Over the past twenty years, there is evidence that—while remaining one of the most religious nations in the industrialized world—the United States has been experiencing a growth in secularism. Increasing evidence also suggests that this secular turn has been caused, at least in part, by a negati...
Colloquium on Jewish Studies in Iberia and the Mediterranean
October 17, 2013 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Hispanic Institute at the Department of Latin American and Iberian Studies and The Department of Anthropology The Department of History The Institute for Comparative Literature and Society The Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies The Institute for Religion Culture and Public Life The Heyman C...
Monica Marks on “From Prison to Palace: Islamism and Inclusion in Tunisia”
October 18, 2013 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Please join us on Friday, October 18th, for a talk from Monica Marks on: “From Prison to Palace: Islamism and Inclusion in Tunisia.” Discussant: Professor Al Stepan, Wallace Sayre Professor of Government and Director of the Center for the Study of Democracy, Toleration, and Religion Co...
Rethinking the Secular Public: a discussion with Etienne Balibar & Stathis Gourgouris
October 21, 2013 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Join us on Monday, October 21 for a conversation between Etienne Balibar and Stathis Gourgouris on “Rethinking the Secular Public.”  The discussion, moderated by Jean Cohen, Professor of Political Science at Columbia University, will take place at the Heyman Center, in the second floor...
Lehigh University: Workshop on Global and Regional Implications of the Syrian Crisis
October 29, 2013 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday, November 3 to Tuesday, November 5, Lehigh University’s College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of International Relations hosts Join the Dialogue: A Workshop on Global and Regional Implications of the Syrian Crisis, with keynote speaker Anne C. Richards, Assistant Secretary of ...

September 2013

The Israeli-Palestinian Quagmire: Is There A Way Out? A Conversation with Peter Beinart & Yehouda Shenhav
September 16, 2013 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Join the Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies for a conversation with Peter Beinart & Yehouda Shenhav: Peter Beinart of CUNY (author of The Crisis of Zionism & editor of openzion.com) will offer a defense of the two-state solution as the least bad outcome. Yehouda Shenhav of Tel-Aviv Un...
Elizabeth Shakman Hurd on The Politics of Religious Freedom
September 20, 2013 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
The Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies presents: “The Politics of Religious Freedom” with Elizabeth Shakman Hurd Associate Professor of Political Science, Northwestern University moderated by Jack Snyder Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Relations,...
Philip Hamburger on The Ku Klux Klan and the Separation of Church and State
September 27, 2013 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Join us for a lecture by Philip Hamburger, Maurice and Hilda Friedman Professor of Law at Columbia University, as he explores the complicated relationship of the Ku Klux Klan to the separation of church and state in the US. Philip Hamburger’s scholarship focuses on constitutional law and its hist...