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Past Events : 201720162014

Featuring a performance by the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble playing an original composition by John MacCallum. Followed by a panel discussion with John MacCallum, guest artist Anne Tait, and Thomas Laqueur, author of The Work of the Dead: A Cultural History of Mortal Remains. Presented by The Center for the Arts, Religion, and Education (CARE), … Continue reading
The point of departure of this presentation is that human relations to images are culturally constituted and are central to the politics and aesthetics of world making. Specific cultural settings shape what images should depict, how they are viewed, where they are displayed, how they are valued, which emotions they arouse, and how and where … Continue reading
In the fifteenth century, Persian book painting becomes filled with extra-textual figures, deviating from and subverting the textual story they supposedly illustrate. Through a careful analysis of aspects of facture and composition, combined with an exploration of primary art historiographical sources, this talk suggests that this departure from illustration transformed the painting into a reflexive … Continue reading
The conference aims to explore Freud’s place in current debates on secularism and post-secularism, featuring new research on the intersections of theology, Judaism and history in Freud’s psychoanalytic theories. Speakers include Jan Assmann, Richard Bernstein, Willi Goetschel, Catherine Malabou, Gabriele Schwab, and Joel Whitebook. For conference program and updates, please check the German Department website: … Continue reading
The conference aims to explore Freud’s place in current debates on secularism and post-secularism, featuring new research on the intersections of theology, Judaism and history in Freud’s psychoanalytic theories. Speakers include Jan Assmann, Richard Bernstein, Willi Goetschel, Catherine Malabou, Gabriele Schwab, and Joel Whitebook. For conference program and updates, please check the German Department website: … Continue reading
The sudden revelation of a powerful religious calling was an entirely unexpected event in the life of a college student named Lauren. But when it became clear to her that she had a spiritual vocation, she made the exceptional decision to dedicate her life to God. Drawing upon many visits to the cloistered religious community … Continue reading
The Bible is a constant in Jewish life, in all the varied forms it has taken around the world and across history. Biblical texts stand at the center of the Jewish experience. Jews keep biblical time, cultivate biblical bodies, and build and imagine biblical spaces. Living by The Book brings together scrolls, ritual objects, clothing, … Continue reading
Jan Stievermann will discuss his work transcribing and editing Cotton Mather’s hitherto unpublished Biblia Americana, the first comprehensive Bible commentary produced in British North America. Jan Stievermann is Professor of the History of Christianity in North America at the University of Heidelberg. He has written on a broad range of topics in the fields of … Continue reading
This conference intends to explore concepts and methods that index the thin line between science and religion. We will explore forms of classification, instrumentation, and technical practice as they frame this distinction, and questions of knowledge and its objects which arise therein. For more information, contact Ashwak Hauter, ashauter@berkeley.edu or William Stafford, Jr., wstafford.jr@berkeley.edu Graduate … Continue reading
Since the mid-twentieth century, American education has been governed by a peculiarly strong form of secularism, often termed the “strict separation of church and state,” which forbids both devotional exercises in public schools and public funding for religious schools. Since the late 1990s, however, strict separation has been challenged on multiple fronts, and many legal … Continue reading
Brigid of Ireland was first a goddess, then a person, then a saint divided into multiple personalities and nationalities. She shows up, like Mary, all over the place and is useful for almost any situation. There are religious orders devoted to her, although she emanates a pantheistic aura, even a primitive one, both historically and … Continue reading
(Non-)Philosophy and the Critique of the Secular is a symposium that attempts to reconceptualize the secular using the concepts of contemporary continental philosophy. The event comprises three presentations “Beginning Without the Secular” ( Daniel Colucciello Barber, ICI Berlin), “Dissimilar Messianity” (Anthony Paul Smith, La Salle University), “Immanence Without the World” (Alex Dubilet, UC Berkeley) – and an open … Continue reading
Indonesian Muslims have been participating enthusiastically in the global rise of middle class piety. One way to gain insight into contemporary piety is to examine conflicts that might reveal the internal tensions and pressure points to which it is giving rise. Among the more puzzling conflicts for many outside observers to grasp have been those … Continue reading
On January 6th 1795 the twenty-year-old Schelling, still a student at the Tübinger Stift, wrote to his friend and former roommate, Hegel: “I am now receiving the beginning of the detailed exposition by Fichte himself, the Foundation of the Entire Wissenschaftslehre … Now I am working on an Ethics a la Spinoza. It is designed … Continue reading
In March 1953, Senator Joseph McCarthy called the poet Langston Hughes before the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. Formed in 1948, the PSI was initially charged with investigating allegations of corruption in the national defense program. When McCarthy assumed the chairmanship, however, he redirected the focus, turning it into a tribunal to expose Communist subversives among … Continue reading
The premise of this talk is that knowledge is not something that we can discover but rather only something that we can produce. As such, each new instance of knowledge emerges transactionally through the interaction of configurations of materiality, discourse, and ideology—realities that are themselves the product of complex transactions. Drawing on theories from the … Continue reading
On several occasions William James described Pragmatism as continuing the work of the Protestant Reformation, loosening the ties of orthodoxy and outworn habit of any kind to admit all the possibilities of belief belonging to a pluralistic universe. In the penultimate paragraph of Pragmatism (1907), he writes; “We do not yet know which type of … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading