Fostering creative and critical  scholarship on religion in the world


Wed, April 11, 2018, 5:00 - 7:00pm
3335 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley

Victoria Smolkin, Assistant Professor of History, Wesleyan University

When the Bolsheviks set out to build a new world in the wake of the Russian Revolution, they expected religion to die off. Soviet power used a variety of tools — from education to propaganda to terror — to turn its vision of a Communist world without religion into reality. Yet even with its monopoly … Continue reading

Tue, April 17, 2018, 5:00 - 7:00pm
3335 Dwinelle, UC Berkeley

Robert Orsi, Professor of Religious Studies and History and Grace Craddock Nagle Chair in Catholic Studies, Northwestern University

This lecture asks what “religious” politics might be given the deconstruction of the concept of “religion” that has taken place over the past several decades, which has uncovered its implicit social, legal, and political agendas from early modernity forward. It takes as its starting point an experience Anglican sisters had in Belfast at the height … Continue reading