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April 2018

Enlisting Faith: Religion and the State in the U.S. Armed Forces

April 19 @ 4:10 pm - 6:00 pm
80 Claremont Ave, 80 Claremont Avenue Room 101, New York, NY 10027
New York, NY 10027 US
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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 what religious views did the military express and how did its religious commitments change over time? This talk examines how the military has used and managed religion over the twentieth century, demonstrating the complex processes and consequences of state…

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Music from the Holocaust: Telling the Story Beyond Words

April 19 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Brown Institute for Media Innovation, School of Journalism, 2950 Broadway
New York, NY 10027
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“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 Terezín concentration camp. The evening's performance will be delivered by a chamber music trio, led by violinist and music educator Sharon Roffman, as part of the “Music as Media” series at Columbia Journalism. This…

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The Intimate Republic: Piety and Objectification in an Islamic State

April 20 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
80 Claremont Ave, 80 Claremont Avenue Room 101, New York, NY 10027
New York, NY 10027 US
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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 subjects: how it articulates their gestures, imprints itself in their ethical comportments, finds expression through their intimacies, and so on. More specifically, he will examine the ways in which pious self-cultivation…

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Flight of the Ibis

April 29 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Riverside Theatre at Riverside Church, 91 Claremont Avenue
New York, NY 10027 United States
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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. Simultaneously, the play depicts the psychological elements that undermine this enlightened state: a paranoid fixation on enemies, megalomania, self-aggrandizement, illicit methods, and over reaching. That these elements occur in the protagonists, rather than the seeming antagonist, bespeaks their presence to some extent in…

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May 2018

Book Talk: Dancing in Blackness, A Memoir

May 18 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, 439 W 127th Street
New York, NY United States
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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 Blackness, A Memoir speaks to the contemporary moment in which artist activists are on the front lines of U.S. and international social, cultural and political discourse for change. Dancing in Blackness, a Memoir is a personal account of critical historical moments…

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