Event Category: Co-sponsored Event

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
Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi examines Foucault’s writings on the Iranian Revolution as an attempt to write the history of the present without binding commitments to a teleological historiography. Is it possible for a people to envision and desire futures uncharted by already existing schemata of history? Is it possible to think of dignity, justice, and liberty outside … Continue reading
Philosophy professor John Kaag will discuss his recent American Philosophy: A Love Story, a book that traces his deeply personal engagement with the American philosophical tradition. Covering philosophers from Ralph Waldo Emerson to William James, American Philosophy raises compelling questions about immanence and transcendence, and how one lives a life worth living in a so-called secular age. Kaag’s talk … 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
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