Public Forum on Religion and Pandemic Online Reflections
As part of the Berkeley Democracy and Public Theology Program, BCSR’s Public Forum on Religion and Pandemic brings together scholars and the public to address the current pandemic and its commensurate crises.
Asking what it means to live, write, and think in the present moment, these conversations explore the intersection between religion and timely topics such as the environment, public health, elections and democracy, religious freedom, and nationalism in order to foster public dialogue and reflection.
|From Providentialism to Epidemiology: Understanding Pandemics through History
Thomas W. Laqueur, Helen Fawcett Distinguished Professor Emeritus, UC Berkeley, and John Handel, PhD candidate, History, UC Berkeley
Crossing Divides in a Precarious Future: The White Working Class and the Upcoming General Election
Arlie Russell Hochschild, Sociology, UC Berkeley and Rachel Min Park, Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion
|The Textures of the Soul: Isolation Throughout History and Religion
Niklaus Largier, German, Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley, and Nir Feinberg, PhD candidate, Group in Buddhist Studies, UC Berkeley
|The Work of Salvation, the Salvation of Work: Searching for Belonging in an Age of Global Precarity
Carolyn Chen, Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley, and Rachel Min Park, Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion
|Enthralled Subjects: Cults, Conversion, and Quarantine Fixations
Poulomi Saha, English, UC Berkeley, and Grace Goudiss, PhD Candidate, History, UC Berkeley
The Berkeley Public Forum on Religion and Pandemic is generously sponsored by the Henry Luce Foundation