Fall 2014 Events


December 2014

Dec
1
Race, Violence, Resistance: from Gaza to Ferguson
On Monday, December 1st from 7:30 to 9:30 PM, Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine will be hosting a panel discussion highlighting the many intersections of race, militarized policing, and structural state violence faced by communities in Palestine and Ferguson. Introductory remarks provided...
Dec
2
Palestine’s South Africa Movement? The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement
The Center for Palestine Studies Presents: PALESTINE’S SOUTH AFRICA MOMENT?  The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement Omar Barghouti, Palestinian Human Rights Activist & Co-founder of the BDS Movement Mahmood Mamdani, Herbert H. Lehman Professor of Government, Columbia University T...
Dec
3
Tunisian Democratization After the Elections: A Trip Report
On Wednesday, December 3, Professor Alfred Stepan will be speaking about Tunisia’s recent democratic transition and the elections which took place there last month.  Having just returned from another trip to the area, he will report on his experiences speaking with Tunisian political leaders...
Dec
3
Columbia University Press open house
On Tuesday, December 3 at 6:00 Columbia University Press is holding a special open house event for the Columbia community at the Columbia Bookstore. Editors, publicists, book designers, and other members on the press will be on hand to celebrate CUP’s newest books and discuss book publishin...
Dec
4
Ancestral Witnesses: Literature and the African American Religious Imagination – honoring James Baldwin and Audre Lorde
Ancestral Witnesses: Literature and the African American Religious Imagination James Baldwin and Audre Lorde: A Revolutionary Hope As a series, Ancestral Witnesses will explore the intersections of religion and African American literature produced during the social upheavals of the Civil Rights an...
Dec
4
Film Screening of Firaaq, followed by a discussion with director Nandita Das
Film Screening of Firaaq (2008, 101 minutes) In Gujarati, Hindi, and Urdu with English subtitles Followed by a discussion with director Nandita Das Thursday, December 4, 2014 7:00pm – 9:30pm Knox Hall, Room 208 606 West 122nd Street, between Broadway and Claremont Firaaq follows the irrevoc...
Dec
8
Sufi Islam in 21st Century Politics – POSTPONED
NOTE:  This workshop has been postponed, and will be rescheduled for 2015.  Please check back at ircpl.org for updates. This workshop is one part of our larger project on Sufi Islam in 21st Henry R. Luce Initiative for international and Public Affairs, which broadly asks what has made Sufism suc...

November 2014

Nov
6
George Rupp on: “Local Conflicts as a Global Challenge”
Across the globe, the face of war is changing.  Wars are no longer battles between nation states or alliances of nation states across recognized borders.  Wars have become local.  Yet the challenges they present are global, both in the extended chaos they cause within nominally unified countri...
Nov
10
Religion and Politics in American Public Life – Tobin Miller Shearer
Tobin Miller Shearer, University of Montana, on: “The White Church and the Murder of Black Men: A Critique of Christian Whiteness” Black liberation and womanist theologians like James Cone and Delores Williams have critiqued the white church for its complicity in racism. Sociologists in ...
Nov
17
Mode d’Emploi – A Festival of Ideas
This November, the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life is co-sponsoring events within the Villa Gillet’s Mode d’Emploi festival. Four representatives from the IRCPL – Director Karen Barkey and Advisory Committee members Souleymane Bachir Diagne, Sudipta Kaviraj, and Na...
Nov
17
Religion and Politics in American Public Life – Sarah B. Gordon
Sarah B. Gordon, University of Pennsylvania Law School, on: “The African Supplement: Law, Religion, and Race in Early National America” In unexpected ways, law provided African Americans with rights to religious integrity that they were denied in other venues. As black congregants devel...
Nov
20
Feminisms in Southeast Asia
Feminisms in Southeast Asia with: Kristy Kelly, Saskia Schaefer, and Doris Gatmaitan Ramirez This panel discussion aims to explore the various feminisms of Southeast Asia that are often misrepresented and convoluted by Western media and the dominant liberal discourse.  We will be focusing our atte...

October 2014

Oct
1
Rached Ghannouchi: Islam, Democracy, and the Future of the Muslim World
Please Note: The location for this event has changed.  It will now be held in the Teatro at the Italian Academy, at 1161 Amsterdam Avenue. Rached Ghannouchi is the co-founder and president of the Ennahdah Movement, an Islamist group that is currently Tunisia’s largest political party and the do...
Oct
1
Censorship and Self-Censorship in India or: How Many Penguins Can Stand On a Book Before It Sinks?
PLEASE NOTE: The time and location of this event have changed.  It will now be on Wednesday, October 1, at 7:30pm, in the Held Lecture Hall, at 304 Barnard Hall, 3rd floor.   Since Penguin India, under legal attack by Dina Nath Batra, agreed, in February of this year, to cease publication of ...
Oct
6
Religion and Politics in American Public Life: Darren Dochuk
Darren Dochuk, Washington University in St. Louis, on: “‘Chasin’ the Boom’: Wildcat Religion, Oil-patch Politics, and the Legacies of Early 20th-century Texas Crude” The Religion and Politics in American Public Life lecture series, co-coordinated for 2014-15 by Profes...
Oct
12
Political Debate for the Tunisian Parliamentary Elections
Please join us for this unique political debate in North America featuring the representatives of major political parties in Tunisia.  Topics of discussion will include: economic and social programs, security measures, and plans for the Tunisian diaspora. Email info@tuness.org with questions. Organ...
Oct
17
Narratives of Social Protest: Personal & Political
Journalists and social media activists are the first to tell the stories of social protest movements, but every politician knows the power of a personal story to bring attention to a conflict and inspire the wider world to press for change.  While journalists must hew to the straightforward facts o...
Oct
22
The Book – sculptures by Elisabeth Raphaël
The Book Opening reception and meet-the-artist: Wednesday, October 22, 5-7 p.m. (no RSVP necessary) Following the opening, the exhibition will be on view October 23–November 21, Monday–Friday, 12-5 p.m. and during evening events Elisabeth Raphaël’s fourteen sculptures exhibited ...
Oct
23
Are the Gods Afraid of Black Sexuality? Religion and the Burdens of Black Sexual Politics
Thursday, October 23, 2014 – 10:30am  Friday, October 24, 2014 – 6:15pm Earl Hall, Columbia University & First Corinthian Baptist Church, Harlem Registration and more information at iraas.com. We are living through a moment when tremendous change is taking place at the intersection ...
Oct
23
Religious Wars in Early Modern Europe and Contemporary Islam: Reflections, Patterns and Comparisons
Recent developments in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Bahrain, and elsewhere in the Middle East and South Asia suggest growing sectarian antagonism as a major cause of violence in the region.  Are we witnessing a civil war within the Islamic umma?  If so, what are the causes of this conflict?  How does th...
Oct
27
Philosophy in the Public Square
Peter Catapano and Simon Critchley, editors of the New York Times column The Stone, will discuss the history and purpose of this important initiative.  While the general orientation of The Stone is philosophical, Peter and Simon are open to contributions on a wide range of topics from graduate stu...

September 2014

Sep
9
Reza Aslan on: The Jesus of History and The Christ of Faith
Bestselling author Reza Aslan presents a historical account of the life of Jesus in his new critically acclaimed book entitled Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. The book covers the life and times of Jesus, emphasizing his role as a revolutionary political leader in the rebellion again...
Sep
12
Pluralism: Sufi Thought and Practice
This September we will gather to look at the contributions of Sufi thought and practice to understandings of pluralism in the Ottoman Middle East, South Asia, and West Africa. The first panel will examine traditions and trajectories of Sufi thought and practices around pluralism.  How can histori...
Sep
15
Alon Confino: A World Without Jews
Why exactly did the Nazis burn the Hebrew Bible everywhere in Germany on November 9, 1938? The event has not been adequately accounted for by historians in their large-scale assessments of how and why the Holocaust occurred. In Alon Confino’s new book, A World Without Jews: The Nazi Imaginati...