Fall 2016 Events


DECEMBER 2016

Movie Screening – Radical Grace
December 6, 2016 @ 2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
When the Vatican reprimands American sisters — citing their “radical feminism” — they become the spiritual and symbolic center of a battle for the heart of the Catholic Church. Radical Grace follows three fearless nuns who risk their place in the Church to follow another higher calling: soci...
What Rough Beast? Contending with Trumpism
December 7, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
IRCPL Post-Doctoral Research Scholar and faculty member at the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, K. Soraya Batmanghelichi, will be among the speakers at a special live recording of the Podcast for Social Research, sponsored by the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research. This session of the ...
A Conversation about Love: Queer & Straight Muslims Talk about Love & Dating
December 9, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The co-editors of Love, InshAllah and Salaam, Love will join a panel of contributors to and readers of these groundbreaking essay collections in a university-wide conversation about love, sex, and intimacy.  Stay after the event for a reception with the speakers, where copies of the book will be a...
The Political Doctrine of Jihad
December 12, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Sam Cherribi, Emory University Abram de Swaan, Queen Wilhelmina Visiting Professor at Columbia University RSVP at europe.columbia.edu/events. Sponsored by the European Institute.  Co-sponsored by the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life; the Program of Studies of the Dutch-Speaking Wo...

NOVEMBER 2016

Beyond the Hype: “Buddhism and Neuroscience” in a New Key
November 11, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Over the past three decades, since the creation of the Mind and Life Institute in the 80s under the auspices of the Dalai Lama and the neurobiologist Francisco Varela, a series of conferences have introduced the idea of a convergence between Buddhism and neuroscience. Neuroscientists have been parti...
Book Talk – Judas by Amos Oz
November 15, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Amos Oz is the author of fourteen novels and collections of short fiction, and numerous works of nonfiction. His acclaimed memoir A Tale of Love and Darkness was an international bestseller and recipient of the prestigious Goethe prize, as well as the National Jewish Book Award. Scenes from Village ...
Sex and Transgression as Ways to God in 19th Century Java: Hindu-Muslim Encounters
November 17, 2016 @ 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Space is limited, and registration is required.  Register here. The Suluk Lonthang, an example of Javanese Islamic Suluk poetry from the 19th century, exemplifies the relations of sexual transgression and the subversion of gender roles to the status of holy men and women in nineteenth century Java....
Reframing the Debate about Secularism in the MENA Region: Religious Violence, Secular Violence, and the Question of “Real” Politics
November 19, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
At the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) Annual Meeting 2016: Reframing the Debate about Secularism in the MENA Region: Religious Violence, Secular Violence, and the Question of “Real” Politics Now in its third and final year, this panel represents an ongoing collaborative effort to...
Book Talk – Where Memory Leads: My Life by Saul Friedländer
November 29, 2016 @ 12:00 am
Saul Friedländer is an award-winning Israeli historian and Professor Emeritus of History at UCLA.  He is the author of The Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945, winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction, among his other books. Friedländer will speak about ...

October 2016

Declarations of Friendship: Nonviolence and the Concept of the Political in the Middle East
October 6, 2016 @ 4:10 pm - 6:00 pm
The resumption of warfare between the Turkish state and the pro-Kurdish PKK has led, again, to calls for ceasefire and nonviolent resolutions to entrenched political problems. What ethical imaginaries underlie these calls for nonviolence? In what ways are the ethical horizons developed in these call...
Categories in Trouble: The Politics of Identity in North Africa, 19th-20th Centuries
October 7, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Over the past two centuries, North Africa has been transformed by momentous economic and political change as well as mass migration. This one-day conference will address how these developments have shaped conceptions of population and territory and, in turn, personal and collective identities. Parti...
Book Talk – The Origins of Neoliberalism: Modeling the Economy from Jesus to Foucault
October 13, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
In his newly published book, The Origins of Neoliberalism: Modeling the Economy from Jesus to Foucault, Dotan Leshem recasts the history of the West from an economic perspective, bringing politics, philosophy, and the economy closer together and revealing the significant role of Christian theolog...
Religion and the Vote: The Role of Faith in Modern American Elections
October 17, 2016 @ 4:10 pm - 6:00 pm
Religion influences American political and public life in a huge variety of ways, shaping foreign policy, economics, and social issues. We seek to understand how religion impacts the way in which candidates for political office engage these issues.  Polls show that, in general, religious America...
Andrew Benjamin – What is Political Theology?
October 25, 2016 @ 4:10 pm - 6:00 pm
The world figures within any political theology. The world’s beginning, within that setting, inscribes the possibility of another beginning as the condition of any cosmology. And yet there has been a reconfiguration. What has altered and thus what has to be drawn into any thinking of a political ...
Religion and Public Life Series – The Star and the Stripes: A History of the Foreign Policies of American Jews
October 25, 2016 @ 6:10 pm - 8:00 pm
Michael Barnett will speak about his newest book, The Star and the Stripes: A History of the Foreign Policies of American Jews for the Religion and Politics in American Public Life series. Michael Barnett is University Professor of International Affairs and Political Science at the George Washingt...
Charity Thru Art: MSA Open Mic Fundraiser
October 28, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Columbia MSA is joining Charity Week once again to raise money to help children and orphans across the world. The ultimate vision of Charity Week is to become a vehicle to inspire young people to become active, socially engaged and united upon our shared Islamic and humanitarian values. Raising mone...

September 2016

Book Talk – Faith, Secularism, and Humanitarian Engagement
September 21, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Alastair Ager’s new book, Faith, Secularism, and Humanitarian Engagement: Finding the Place of Religion in the Support of Displaced Communities, examines the contradiction between the long history of reliance upon religion and local faith groups in humanitarian work and the fact that modern ...
Making Moderate Islam in America: the History Behind a Contemporary Debate
September 22, 2016 @ 4:10 pm - 6:00 pm
Drawing on a decade of research into the community that proposed the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque,” Corbett refutes the idea that current demands for Muslim moderation have primarily arisen in response to the events of 9/11, or to the violence often depicted in the media as unique to Mu...