Spring 2014 Events


May 2014

May
1
Nicholas N. Patricios – Heaven on Earth: Byzantine Church Architecture and Art
The churches of the Byzantine era were built to represent heaven on earth. Architecture, art and liturgy were intertwined in them to a degree that has never been replicated elsewhere, and the symbolism of this relationship had deep and profound meanings. Sacred buildings and their spiritual art unde...
May
1
Heaven and Earth: Sacred Music from the Byzantine Greek and Slavic Eastern Orthodox Christian Traditions
Spirit and Sound: A Concert Series presents: Heaven and Earth: Sacred Music from the Byzantine Greek and Slavic Eastern Orthodox Christian Traditions Featuring performances by: Noted chanter Eleftherios Eleftheriadis of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Shrine Church in Flushing, NY St. Vladimir’s S...
May
22
Covering Egypt: Media and Politics in the Post-Mubarak Period
This one-day conference, organized by IRCPL Distinguished Visiting Scholar Emad Shahin and IRCPL Director Karen Barkey, will present a critical overview and analysis of the role played by both Egyptian and Western media in Egypt’s post-January 2011 political transition. Particular attention will b...

April 2014

Apr
1
Tunisia’s Transition to Democracy: A Discussion with Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa
Just announced: Tunisian Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa will be speaking at Columbia University on Tuesday, April 1st, from 6:00-7:00pm in room 301 of Uris Hall. Registration is required.  Register here for this event. Earlier this year, Tunisia, the country that launched the MENA region into a wave of...
Apr
7
100 Days: Egypt v Press Freedom – Columbia Journalism School
Three Al Jazeera English journalists are standing trial in Cairo, imprisoned without bail since December 29. What does their prosecution bode for Egypt, for the Middle East and for press freedom worldwide? Please join the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, Columbia Global Center Amman, and th...
Apr
10
Alan Koenig on: “‘How I Do Love to Hear the Wolves Howl’: American Theocracy and the Apocalyptic Political Theology of Joseph Smith”
Location just announced: This talk will take place in 758 Schermerhorn Extension. “I calculate to be one of the instruments of setting up the kingdom of Daniel by the word of the Lord, and I intend to lay a foundation that will revolutionize the whole world.”   – Joseph Smith, May 12,...
Apr
17
Singing to Krishna in Court: Rethinking God, Gender, and Genre in North Indian Classical Music
Spirit and Sound: A Concert Series presents: Singing to Krishna in Court: Rethinking God, Gender, and Genre in North Indian Classical Music Featuring performances by: Ashwini Bhide Deshpande, lead vocalist Sanjay Deshpande, Tabla Tanmay Deochake, Harmonium Followed by a panel discussion with: Profes...
Apr
18
Islamic Urbanism? Space, consumption, and development in Istanbul and Jakarta
Recent protests and upcoming elections have again raised the visibility of Turkey and Indonesia, and particularly their respective Muslim mega-cities, Istanbul and Jakarta, as locations seeing the rise of a new kind of Islamic urbanism, culture and politics. On the one hand, they are praised as shin...
Apr
28
A Roundtable on Rainer Forst’s Toleration in Conflict: Past and Present
A Roundtable on Rainer Forst’s Toleration in Conflict: Past and Present Featuring: Teresa Bejan, Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Toronto Jean L Cohen, (Chair) Professor of Political Science, Columbia University Rainer Forst, Professor of Political Theory & Philosophy, G...
Apr
29
It Won’t Stop Until We Talk
This event aims to present the human narratives of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Robi Damelin and Bassam Aramin, representatives of The Parents Circle – Families Forum (PCFF) will present the stories of how they were able to reconcile their differences despite tragedy and loss. PCFF is an ...

March 2014

Mar
7
The State of Myanmar’s Democratic Transition: A Field Report
Join us this March, when Professor Alfred Stepan speaks to the Columbia community to report on his three trips to Myanmar in the past year, focusing on the state of negotiation between rebel leaders and Myanmar military, and the democratic progress and setbacks in the country. Featuring Professor J...
Mar
12
Wounds of Waziristan: Documentary Screening & Panel Discussion
PLEASE NOTE – The location of this event has changed.  It will now take place at: Columbia Journalism School, 3rd Floor Lecture Room 2950 Broadway (at 116th Street) Wounds of Waziristan highlights the stories of those directly affected by drone attacks in Pakistan – in their own words. ...
Mar
25
The Theravada Buddhist Puzzle: Inclusionary Doctrines, Exclusionary Contemporary Politics
Join us for a conversation between Alfred Stepan and Duncan McCargo on “The Buddhist Puzzle: Inclusionary Doctrines, Exclusionary Politics.” Alfred Stepan is Wallace Sayre Professor of Government, the founding Director of the Center for the Study of Democracy, Toleration, and Religion...
Mar
26
Democracy Disfigured
Join the IRCPL, the Blinken European Institute, and the Heyman Center for the Humanities on Wednesday, March 26th for a panel discussion and reception on the occasion of the publication of the new book by Nadia Urbinati, Democracy Disfigured: Opinion, Truth and the People.   A wine reception will ...
Mar
28
History of the Religions: Part II
History of the Religions: Part II Columbia University Department of Religion Graduate Conference Knox Hall, Rooms 207-208 606 West 122nd Street, New York, NY 10027 Keynote Speaker: Michael Lambek, Professor and Canada Research Chair Chair of Anthropology, University of Toronto The “History of Reli...
Mar
28
Riva Kastoryano: “Territories and Jihadi Movements in Europe”
Territories and Jihadi Movements in Europe March 28, 2014 12:00–1:30 pm Room 420, Hamilton Hall Speaker: Riva Kastoryano, Director of Research, National Center for Scientific Research, and Professor, Sciences Po Chair: Karen Barkey, Professor of Sociology and History, Columbia University Riva Kast...

February 2014

Feb
3
Jeffrey Kripal on: Super Sexualities
This lecture will explore the notion that people routinely have life-changing mystical and paranormal experiences in and around sexual arousal, and that our present methodologies, all finally materialist in orientation (contextualist, constructivist, historicist), are ill-equipped to recognize these...
Feb
12
Marci Hamilton on: “The Oppression of Women by Religious Organizations in the United States”
The United States is one of the most, if not the most,  liberated countries in the world for women generally, but there are pockets of severe oppression, largely driven by religious precepts.  Join us for a lecture by Marci A. Hamilton, Paul R. Verkuil Chair in Public Law at the Benjamin N. Card...
Feb
20
Yüksel Sezgin on How Non-Muslim Democracies Engage Shari‘a: Lessons for Democratizing Muslim Nations
After the 2011-12 elections in Tunisia and Egypt which resulted in the victory of Islamic parties, many have increasingly asked whether Islamic law could be applied by democratically-elected Muslim governments in such a way that would ensure fundamental rights and liberties such as gender equality a...
Feb
24
Bethany Moreton on: “Market Value and Family Values: Spiritual Dimensions of Neoliberal Economies”
This talk situates the “revenge of God” – the unexpected resurgence of strong religion after World War II – within the contest of consumer movements and the financialization of the global economy.  Dr Moreton will explore how religious and sexual conservatism organizes econo...
Feb
25
NEW DATE & TIME: Kimberly Hart on: “The Gendering of Religious Practice in Rural Turkey”
The IRCPL welcomes Kimberly Hart to speak on her recently published ethnography by Stanford University Press, And Then We Work for God.  She will focus on the gendering of religious practice in rural western Turkey and ethnographic method. This event has been rescheduled from its original date and ...
Feb
26
Joseph Blankholm on “The Challenge of Being Secular: Nonbelievers as a Precarious Religious Minority”
The Challenge of Being Secular: Nonbelievers as a Precarious Religious Minority In three recent lawsuits, America’s major nonbeliever organizations have challenged the courts to see them in three very different ways: as religious, as similar to religion, and as wholly secular. Relying on exten...
Feb
27
Sounding Communities: Music and the Three Religions in Medieval Iberia
SOUNDING COMMUNITIES: MUSIC AND THE THREE RELIGIONS IN MEDIEVAL IBERIA Thursday, February 27: CUNY Graduate Center, Skylight Room, 4pm-7:45pm Friday, February 28: Faculty House, Columbia University, 9:30am-5pm Poetry, song, and other forms of performance in Arabic, Latin, Hebrew, and Romance are cen...