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The famous Kabbalah scholar, Gershom Scholem (1897-1982) occupies a central role in our intellectual imagination. He was “the creator of an intellectual discipline,” according to Martin Buber, and is discussed by historians, literary scholars, and philosophers. Yet despite his charismatic personality and the many books and articles he wrote, there is something about him that … Continue reading
Art history has approached female monastic culture in New Spain through the lens of crowned-nun portraiture, a late colonial genre that reaffirmed a nun’s position as a mystical Bride of Christ. This has led to scholarly neglect of female imitatio Christi and the ecclesiastical pretense exhibited by several early modern holy women in Spain and Spanish America. … Continue reading
This multi-day workshop brings together 25 scholars from across the country to discuss newly recognized opportunities in the study of modern American Protestantism. The focus is on how the so-called “mainline” Protestants became increasingly ecumenical, separating themselves from evangelical Protestants while influencing the lives and careers of many men and women who left the churches. … Continue reading
This multi-day workshop brings together 25 scholars from across the country to discuss newly recognized opportunities in the study of modern American Protestantism. The focus is on how the so-called “mainline” Protestants became increasingly ecumenical, separating themselves from evangelical Protestants while influencing the lives and careers of many men and women who left the churches. … Continue reading
In the wake of the Great Recession and amid rising discontent with government responsiveness to ordinary citizens, Braunstein followed participants in two very different groups—a progressive faith-based community organization and a conservative Tea Party group—as they set out to become active and informed citizens, put their faith into action, and hold government accountable. Both groups … Continue reading
Islam plays a powerful role in American public discourse. Across this often contentious landscape, numerous voices can be heard defining and contesting the nature of Islam. These definitional problems also shape academic debates, where the seemingly basic question of what is Islam has received renewed attention. This lecture addresses the place and history of Islam … Continue reading
Lecture details forthcoming. A Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, Linda Gregerson is the Caroline Walker Bynum Distinguished University Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Michigan, where she teaches creative writing and Renaissance literature and directs the Helen Zell Writers Program. She is the author of six books of poetry … Continue reading
Gun rights are typically identified with the Second Amendment – a legal, indeed constitutional, prerogative. This lecture argues that they are better understood as part of a culture and a belief system, centering on ideas of innocence and legitimate violence. I argue that this belief system is apparent in the contemporary gun culture’s confidence in … Continue reading
Lecture details forthcoming. Ruth Marshall received her DPhil in Politics from Oxford University, and joined both the Department for the Study of Religion and Political Science in 2008, after having spent 8 years living and researching in West Africa. She is the author of Political Spiritualities: The Pentecostal Revolution in Nigeria (U. Chicago Press, 2009) … Continue reading
This is a multi-day workshop; program details are forthcoming. In order to reorient theological study, the Berkeley Public Theology Program supports a broad and comparative investigation of the ways this study happens, past and present, in the U.S. and abroad. This investigation includes two annual workshops on comparative approaches to theology, with participants drawn from … Continue reading
This is a multi-day workshop; program details are forthcoming. In order to reorient theological study, the Berkeley Public Theology Program supports a broad and comparative investigation of the ways this study happens, past and present, in the U.S. and abroad. This investigation includes two annual workshops on comparative approaches to theology, with participants drawn from … Continue reading
Lecture details and location are forthcoming. Leigh Eric Schmidt is the Edward C. Mallinckrodt Distinguished University Professor in the Humanities at Washington University in St. Louis. He joined Washington’s John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics in 2011. From 2009 to 2011, he was the Charles Warren Professor of the History of Religion in … Continue reading
Lecture details forthcoming. Mary-Jane Rubenstein is Professor of Religion at Wesleyan University; core faculty in the Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program; and affiliated faculty in the Science and Society Program. She holds a B.A. in Religion and English from Williams College, an M.Phil. in Philosophical Theology from Cambridge University, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy … Continue reading
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