SPRING 2018 Events


May 2018

May
18
Book Talk: Dancing in Blackness, A Memoir
Dancing in Blackness, a Memoir is an important and timely book chronicling the life of a professional dancer,  and the social and political climate that inspired, informed and transformed her life and career.  Situated at intersections of Arts, Black Female Voice, and Activism, Dancing in Black...
May
29
Populism, Racism, and Antisemitism in the Americas
The Latin American Jewish Studies Association annual conference, co-hosted by The Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies and The Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures, presents Populism, Racism, and Antisemitism in the Americas, a keynote lecture by Federico Finchelstein, Professor of H...

April 2018

Apr
2
“Between Fences” Film Screening + Q&A with Director Avi Mograbi
Avi Mograbi and Chen Alon meet African asylum-seekers in a detention facility in the middle of the Negev desert where they are confined by the state of Israel. What leads African refugees to leave everything behind and go towards the unknown? Why does Israel refuse to take into consideration the sit...
Apr
5
Religion and the Digital Turn
The IRCPL Religion and Public Life Series Hussein Rashid – Religion and the Digital Turn PLEASE NOTE: The date of this event has been moved up. The new date is April 5th, 2018. The methods of the Digital Humanities present an opportunity to think about the goals and methods in the Study of Rel...
Apr
6
Sites of Religious Memory in an Age of Exodus: Western Mediterranean
This day-long event is the third of a three-piece series that focuses on the movement of people across and along the Mediterranean and the emergence, re-signification, and use of sites of memory. Bringing together a mix of panelists from the humanities and social sciences, the day will incl...
Apr
7
LEGITIMACY – MYTHOLOGY – EPISTEMOLOGY: Religion and the Concept of the Political – Columbia Religion Graduate Student Conference
This year’s conference will explore the relationship between the academic study of religion and political ideologies. Both religious and political ideologies formulate and define basic moral principles lying at the base of power formations that challenge incumbent models of legitimacy. When co...
Apr
13
Perfect Praise in a Post-Soul Age
You are warmly welcomed to an evening of music and discussion at First Corinthian Baptist Chuch in Harlem on Friday, April 13 from 6:00-8:00pm. Gospel singer Richard Smallwood will perform, and the event will be followed by a conversation with Tammy Kernodle of Miami University and songwriter / prod...
Apr
18
How the Media Found Religion: Covering Faith in 2018 and Beyond
What does it mean to cover religion in 2018? How can journalists help the public gain richer insights into the political, social, and cultural roles religion plays in international affairs? Join us as The Atlantic journalist Emma Green reflects upon current trends in journalism and talks about he...
Apr
19
Enlisting Faith: Religion and the State in the U.S. Armed Forces
The IRCPL Religion and Public Life SeriesRonit Y. Stahl – Enlisting Faith: Religion and the State in the U.S. Armed ForcesThe American state has long harnessed religion to great effect, and the military chaplaincy exemplifies how faith could fortify military aspirations and personnel. But w...
Apr
19
Music from the Holocaust: Telling the Story Beyond Words
“Music from the Holocaust: Telling the Story Beyond Words,” is an interactive exploration and performance of the music of two Jewish composers, Gideon Klein and Hans Krása, who were murdered by the Nazis during the Holocaust. The musical selections for this event were created within the Terezí...
Apr
20
The Intimate Republic: Piety and Objectification in an Islamic State
There are many ways to think conceptually about an Islamic state like Iran’s Islamic Republic. In this talk, Alireza Doostdar (University of Chicago) will adopt the rather uncommon approach of thinking about the state in terms of the ways in which it is objectified in the bodies of its subject...
Apr
23
Gandhi in the Gallery: The Art of Disobedience
Abstract:  Mohandas K. Gandhi has been described as “an artist of non-violence,” crafting a set of practices of the self and politics that earned him the mantle of Mahātma, “the great soul.”  There is an enormous body of scholarship that has explored and critiqued Gandhi’s philosophy an...
Apr
29
Flight of the Ibis
A musical, mystical & psychological drama, Flight of the Ibis is a powerful & imaginative exploration of the spiritual underpinnings of the Umayyad Caliphate in 10th century Cordoba, Spain, the most culturally advanced country in medieval Europe, with remarkable interfaith harmony. Simul...

March 2018

Mar
1
Populism and Religion: The American Case (Day 1)
PLEASE NOTE: This is a two-day event. Please double check that you are registering for the correct day.Everyone seems to be writing on populism these days. Given the global rise of populist movements, parties and leaders, this is unsurprising. But the relationship of populism to religion has been un...
Mar
2
Populism and Religion: The American Case (Day 2)
PLEASE NOTE: This is a two-day event. Please double check that you are registering for the correct day.Everyone seems to be writing on populism these days. Given the global rise of populist movements, parties and leaders, this is unsurprising. But the relationship of populism to religion has been u...
Mar
22
Making Religion on the Reservation: Native Americans & the Dilemmas of Religious Freedom
The IRCPL Religion and Public Life SeriesTisa Wenger –Making Religion on the Reservation: Native Americans and the Dilemmas of Religious FreedomWhat did religious freedom mean for Native Americans at the turn of the twentieth century, a time when the U.S. government was working to eliminate In...
Mar
30
Queering Psychoanalysis: The Sexed Body in South Asia (Day 1)
PLEASE NOTE: This is a two-day event. Make sure that you are submitting your registration for the correct day. This two-day workshop will explore the usefulness of interpretive frameworks informed by psychoanalysis but also interrogates the universalist assumptions and Eurocentric biases of most ...
Mar
31
Queering Psychoanalysis: The Sexed Body in South Asia (Day 2)
PLEASE NOTE: This is a two-day event. Make sure that you are submitting your registration for the correct day. This two-day workshop will explore the usefulness of interpretive frameworks informed by psychoanalysis but also interrogates the universalist assumptions and Eurocentric biases of most ...

February 2018

Sites of Religious Memory in an Age of Exodus: Central Mediterranean
February 9 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
This day-long event is the second of a three-piece series that focuses on the movement of people across and along the Mediterranean and the emergence, re-signification, and use of sites of memory. Bringing together a mix of panelists from the humanities and social sciences, the day will inc...
Spirit of Justice: A Conversation Between Michelle Alexander and Naomi Klein
February 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Join us for a riveting dialogue with award-winning journalist and best-selling author Naomi Klein and Union visiting professor Michelle Alexander about the current crises of our time and why we must connect the dots between the intersecting issues of white supremacy, rape culture, climate chaos and ...
Studying Up: A Brief History of the Religion of the Future – Presented by Columbia Dept. of Religion
February 20 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
This event is being organized by the Columbia Department of Religion, with co-sponsorship from the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life. For more information regarding this event, please contact the Religion Department at 212-851-4122.

January 2018

Jan
29
Cardinal Péter Erdő Delivers the 40th Bampton Lecture in America
His Eminence, Cardinal Péter Erdő of Esztergom-Budapest, Primate of Hungary will be delivering the 40th Bampton Lecture in America on Monday, January 29th, 2018. His lecture, titled “The Role of Religion and the Churches in a Secular State,” will take place in the Low Memorial...