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Sanskrit Reading Workshop
Co-sponsored Event
October 04, 2019 - October 05, 2019 / All Day
341 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley California

Professor Alexis Sanderson, Emeritus Professor of Sanskrit, Oxford University. This two-day workshop will offer Sanskrit scholars across the Bay Area the opportunity to engage deeply with Mīmāṃsā, the preeminent school of Indian hermeneutics, while thinking more broadly about the state of philology in the field of South Asian Studies. Organized by Lisa Brooks, Kashi Gomez, […]

Captivated by the Mediterranean: Early Modern Spain and the Political Economy of Ransom
Co-sponsored Event
March 04, 2019 / 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Geballe Room, UC Berkeley CA

Daniel Hershenzon, Associate Professor of Literature, Cultures, and Languages, University of Connecticut

This talk explores the entangled experience of Muslim and Christian captives and by extension the connected histories of the Spanish Empire, Morocco, and Ottoman Algiers in the 17th-century. It argues that piracy, captivity, and redemption shaped the Mediterranean as an integrated region—at the social, political, and economic levels. The history that emerges of the captivities of […]

Public University, Public Values |  The Politics of Truth: A Way Forward
Co-sponsored Event
February 07, 2019 / 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Geballe Room, UC Berkeley CA

Arlie R. Hochschild and Thomas W. Laqueur in Conversation

To truly understand the current political landscape, we may need new ways — and a new willingness — to confront the question of “values.” How can scholars in the humanities and social sciences contribute to these efforts? If humanistic study is to make a contribution to public life, do academics need to confront the subject of […]

Devotion and Relativity, Text and Context: New Frontiers of Jewish Literacy
Co-sponsored Event
October 07, 2018 - October 08, 2018 / All Day
The Center for Jewish History & the Yeshivat Maharat, New York NY

Multiday workshop and working group.

This interdisciplinary workshop of scholars from North America, Israel, and Europe probes a central tension in Jewish Studies: a chasm typically separates those scholars who emphasize wider social and cultural contexts in which the Jewish experience has unfolded, from those whose work focuses more on the internal logic of Jewish texts and traditions. This workshop seeks […]

Prophets and Patriots: Faith in Democracy Across the Political Divide
Co-sponsored Event
November 16, 2017 / 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
To Be Determined, Berkeley CA

Ruth Braunstein, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Connecticut

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 […]

Abbess as Alter Christus: Delineating Female Sanctity in Spain and Spanish America
Co-sponsored Event
October 12, 2017 / 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Fiora Lamson Hewitt Library, Berkeley CA

Cristina Cruz González, Associate Professor of Art History, Oklahoma State University

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 […]

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