BCSR’s Graduate Student Event Grants support innovative proposals for graduate student-led lectures, seminars, working groups and conferences for public and campus audiences. Awards range from $250 to $500 for a lecture, and up to $1000 for a conference.

Requirement Summary
- Awards provide partial funding for lectures, panels, conferences, exhibitions, or performances on topics in religion.
- Awards from $250 – $500 only, with occasional awards of up to $1,000 for conferences.
- Activities must be led by UC Berkeley graduate students and supported by a campus department or unit.
- Events must take place on the UC Berkeley campus and be free and open to the public.

Application Requirements
Applicants should submit a single pdf document that includes:
- Event title and type (lecture, panel, etc.).
- Proposed date(s) and location(s).
- Name, email, and phone information for primary student organizer and contact in organizing department.
- A summary paragraph and narrative (50w) describing the event, its purpose, and intended audience, as well as participant bios (up to 1500w).
- A detailed expense budget with BCSR request and amounts requested from other funding sources.
- For conferences: Attach a list of invited/confirmed participants and their CVs instead of participant bios.

Completed applications should be submitted to BCSR Directors c/o bcsrgradstudentevents@berkeley.edu and received no later than 4 pm on the due date. Electronic files are preferred, although hard copy files may be delivered to 4327 Dwinelle Hall.

Due Dates
Spring 2015 Events
Applications: Thurs., December 4, 2014 at 4 pm
Announcement: Monday, January 12, 2014

Past Recipients
“Between the Visible and the Invisible: Cosmology, Ritual, and Hermeneutics in Historical and Contemporary Chinese Worlds” (November 14-15, 2014)
“Leaps of Faith: Figurations of Belief in Literature and Critical Thought” (November 21-22, 2014)

William Littman, Senior Adjunct Professor of Architecture and Visual Studies, California College of the Arts

For more than a century, Bay Area architects have created some of the nation’s most innovative religious architecture, ranging from the First Church of Christ, Scientist in Berkeley by Bernard Maybeck to the award-winning Congregation Beth Sholom Synagogue in San Francisco designed by Stanley Saitowitz in 2009. This talk explores the history of experimental and radical religious architecture in Northern California, with a special focus on design after the Second World War, as architects responded to changes in liturgical practices in the Roman Catholic Church after Vatican II as well as the progressive ideals of Protestant and Jewish congregations in the region. It also explores the contribution of 1960s countercultural groups that further pushed the boundaries of religious architecture, often using forms borrowed from Native American and Buddhist religious traditions.(Littmann)

William Littmann is a Senior Adjunct Professor at the California College of the Arts, teaching architectural history in the Architecture and Visual Studies departments. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and his M.A. in print journalism from Columbia University. Recent areas of study include the landscape and architecture of Japanese incarceration during World War II, farmworker communities in California Central Valley, and a history of the El Camino Real corridor in California from Native American settlement to the rise of Silicon Valley.

Sara McClintock, Associate Professor of Tibetan and Indian Buddhism, Emory University

Sara McClintock is Associate Professor of Religion at Emory University, where she teaches courses in Indian and Tibetan Buddhism and interpretation theory in the study of religion. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Bryn Mawr College (1983), her master’s degree in world religions from Harvard Divinity School (1989), and her doctorate in religion from Harvard University (2002). Her interests include narrative, philosophy, and contemplative practices, with particular focus on issues of rationality, rhetoric, reading, embodiment, emptiness, and ethics. She is author of Omniscience and the Rhetoric of Reason: Santaraksita and Kamalasila on Rationality, Argumentation, and Religious Authority (2010) and co-editor with Georges Dreyfus of The Svatantrika-Prasangika Distinction: What Difference Does a Difference Make? (2003). Recent writings include “Compassionate Trickster: The Buddha as a Literary Character in the Narratives of Early Indian Buddhism” (2011) and an article on the status of phenomenal content (akara) in cognition in Kamalasila’s Tattvasamgrahapanjika (2013). She is co-translator with John Dunne of Nagarjuna’s Ratnavali.

Co-presented by the Center for Buddhist Studies.