Fostering creative and critical  scholarship on religion in the world

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Tue, February 28, 2017, 5:00 - 7:00pm
470 Stephens Hall, UC Berkeley

Leora Batnitzky, Ronald O. Perelman Professor of Jewish Studies and Professor and Chair of Religion, Princeton University

By now most universities recognize that the religious dimensions of culture and experience are too important, and potentially too dangerous, either to be neglected by our educational institutions or to be consigned exclusively to religious institutions to study.  But should the study of religion in universities include theology, which, after all, is rightly regarded as … Continue reading

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Thu, March 9, 2017, 5:00 - 7:00pm
3335 Dwinelle, UC Berkeley

Jason Sexton, Visiting Fellow, Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

The modern penitentiary has both religious and theological impulses that have contributed to its current shape. In historical accounts from inception to the present, the structure has been meant, in various ways, to provide both punishment and rehabilitation for crimes. While we know that many prisoners have religious experiences in prison, there has not been … Continue reading


Fri, March 10, 2017, 5:00 - 7:00pm
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Alicia Walker, Associate Professor, Department of History of Art, Bryn Mawr College

“Things” can help us understand social identities, relationships, and practices in the medieval world, especially in situations where textual documentation is minimal or completely absent. This paper explores how pseudo-Arabic motifs on medieval Christian buildings and objects materialized social identities and spiritual authority among monastic communities across the eastern Mediterranean, thereby attesting to an interconnectedness that is … Continue reading