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Thu, March 1, 2018, 5:00 - 7:00pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall, UC Berkeley

Joseph Blankholm, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara

The line between religion and culture is difficult to draw. When people leave religion and become secular, they often sacrifice parts of their culture that have been tied to their religion. Relying on years of ethnographic research among avowedly secular people, Blankholm argues that becoming secular is a transformative process akin to conversion, and that … Continue reading


Mon, March 12, 2018, 5:00 - 7:00pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall, UC Berkeley

Leigh Eric Schmidt, Edward C. Mallinckrodt Distinguished University Professor in the Humanities, Washington University in St. Louis.

Modern constructions of religious liberty often left atheists and nonbelievers out. Long after the ratification of the First Amendment, it remained an open question whether religious freedom included irreligious freedom. Counted an intolerable danger to the commonwealth, atheists were frequently denied equal rights and liberties; several states barred them from holding offices of public trust, … Continue reading

The Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion (BCSR) is pleased to announce the New Directions in Theology Graduate Student Grants. Up to four awards in the amount of $5,000 are designated for incoming graduate students in their first year of study in 2018-2019. The New Directions in Theology award supports promising incoming graduate students with high potential for interdisciplinary exchange in … Continue reading