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Department of Religious Studies

Events

Events Archive

September 29, 2016

Religious Diversity and the Presidential Elections

A roundtable discussion with members of the Department of Religous Religious Studies: Rebecca Denova, Jeanette Jouili, Paula Kane, and Rachel Kranson. Moderated by Clark Chilson

October 14, 2016

Seminar with Steven Justice, Chancellor's Professor of English, UC Berkele

Cosponsored with the Medieval and Rennaisance Studies Program and the Jewsih Studies Program

A Book Celebration for Ryan McDermontt and Hannah Johnson

Featuring a response by Steven Justice, Chancellor's Professor, UC Berkeley, "Historicism (A Eulogy)

Cosponsored with the Medieval and Rennaisance Studies Program and the Jewsih Studies Program

May 6-7, 2016

Eastern International Region, American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting

Conference theme: Globalizing the Human(ities)

Keynote speaker: Mark Juergensmeyer (UCSB) on Thinking Globally About Global Religion"

Program Brochure

Panel Abstracts

Cosponsored by the Provost Office/Year of the Humanities in the University, Dietrich School/Faculty Research and Scholarship Program, Undergraduate Studies Office, Humanities Center, University Center for International Studies/Hewlett International Grant, and the American Acdemy of Religion

April 13, 2016

American Chinese Medicine: Orientalized Biopower

Tyler Phan, PhD candidate, University College London

April 7, 2016

The Meaning of Life in Medicine: Non-Religious Spiritual Care in Japan

Clark Chison, associate professor of Religious Studies, University of Pittsburgh

Presentation at the Humanities in Health Conference

Hosted by the departments of Linguistics, Family Medicine, and Obstetrics, Gynecology, & Reproductive Services, in conjunction with the Year of the Humanities in the University, UPMC Health Plan, and the University Honors College

March 30, 2016

The Hebrew Bible and the Roots of Modern German Literature

Karin Schutjer, professor of German, University of Oklahoma

Cosponsored with the Departments of German and English, Jewish Studies Program, and Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences

March 25, 2016

Roundtable on Religious Diversity and Tolerance

Hosted by the Melting Pot student association, with participation by students and faculty in the Department of Religious Studies, Muslim Student Association, and others

March 24, 2016

"Over My Dead Body!" Humanity at the Intersection of Medicine and Culture

A Year of the Humanities in the University panel discussion on the medical body in culture and history moderated by

Jacques A. Bromberg, Classics, University of Pittsburgh

Sponsored by the Year of the Humanities in the University, University Honors College,Center for Bioethics and Health Law, Masters of Arts in Bioethics Program, Area of Concentration in Humanities, Ethics & Palliative Care, Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies, and departments of Classics, Communication, English, History of Art & Architecture, and Religious Studies

March 21, 2016

The Promises and Problems of Mindfulness: Between Mental Stillness and Mental Illness

James Robson, professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University

Cosponsored with the Center for Mindfulness and Consciousness Studies and Asian Studies Center

March 18, 2016

Classic Men: Muslim Dandies and the War on Terror

Su'ad Abdul Khabeer, assistant professor of Anthropology and African American Studies, Purdue University

Cosponsored by the Humanities Center, Programs in African Studies and Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies, and Departments of Anthropology and Sociology

October 26, 2015

The America that Greeted the Diary of Anne Frank: Postwar Jews and the Memory of the Holocaust

Hasia Diner, professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies and History, Paul S. and Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History, director, Goldstein-Goren Center for American Jewish History, New York University

Cosponsored with the Jewish Studies Program and History Department

October 19, 2015

From Jewish to Black: The Strange Career of the Word Ghetto

Daniel B. Schwartz, associate professor of History, George Washington University

Cosponsored with the Jewish Studies Program, History Department, and CMU's History Department

October 19, 2015

From Jewish to Black: The Strange Career of the Word Ghetto

Daniel B. Schwartz, associate professor of History, George Washington University

Cosponsored with the Jewish Studies Program, History Department, and CMU's History Department

October 8, 2015

PittArts & Hillel-JUC night

The Diary of Anne Frank

With an introduction by Rachel Kranson, assistant professor of Religious Studies, University of Pittsburgh

September 28, 2015

La Langue et l’identité dans le monde francophone

Roundtable (in French), moderated by Jeanette Jouili,, assistant professor of Religious Studies, University of Pittsburgh

Panelists include Abdellah Taïa, author and film director, Nadia Fadil, Columbia University and others

Cosponsored with Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies; hosted by the European Union Center for Excellence

September 17, 2015

Consequences of Secrecy: Shin Buddhism in Japan

Clark Chilson, associate professor of Religious Studies, University of Pittsburgh

Talking About Asia Book Series, sponsored by the Asian Studies Center

September 10, 2015

Gallery Talk at the Carnegie Museum of Art

Arab and Iranian Women and Traditions in Contemporary Culture

Distinguished conversation guides from the University of Pittsburgh: Elaine Linn, assistant director for Global Studies; Julie Hakim Azzam, adjunct, English, Soude Dadras, visiting scholar, History of Art and Architecture; Jeanette Jouili, assistant professor of Religious Studies.April 16-17, 2015

Producing the Sacred in Modern U.S. Literature and Visual Culture: Sites of Religious and Secular Interaction

April 1 Film Screening: Alfred Hitchcock’s The Wrong Man (1956), hosted by Ann Douglas, Columbia University

April 17

Lecture: The Real and the Sacred: Picturing Jesus After the Higher Criticism, Jefferson Gattrall, Moncliar State; response by Paula Kane, University of Pittsburgh

Panel Discussion: Religious and Secular Interaction as Process, Problem, and Theme, chaired by Ann Douglas, Columbia University
“Homicide: Mamet, Religion, and the Police Procedural," Lucy Fischer, University of Pittsburgh
“Passion Plays and the Cinema of Attractions,” Phillip Macia, LSU
“’Where Were You?’: The Problem of Evil in Tree of Life,”Mark Scott, Thorneloe
Wise Blood (1979): John Huston’s Adaptation and Hollywood’s Response to the Evangelical New South,” Jason Steven, Humanities Center/Pitt

Organized by Jason Stevens (Humanities Center Residential Fellow 2014-2015); Co-sponsored with the Humaniteis Center, Graduate Program for Cultural Studies, Film Studies Program, Departments of English Graduate Studies and Comuniction

April 13, 2015

The Formations of the Secular in Modern Jewish Thought

Paul Nahme, Dorot Assistant Professor of Judaic Studies and assistant professor of Religious Studies, Brown University

Cosponsored with the Jewish Studies Program

March 26. 2015

Meet, Greet, Eat: "What Can I Do with a Religious Studies Degree?"

A Conversation with Religious Studies Alum

Anna Quider, Policymaker, Public Speaker, and Author
Class of 2007, RELGST, HIST, HPS
PhD, Cambridge, 2011

March 23, 2015

Documentary Screening and Meet the Director, Gary Marcuse: "Searching for Sacred Mountain" - Part of the Series "Can Religion Save the Environment?"

Sponsored by Religious Studies in conjunction with the University Honors College, Asian Studies Center, China Council, and Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures

March 20, 2015

Conference on Reproductive Health, Access, and Action

Sponsored by the Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program in conjunction with the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, departments of Religious Studies and Sociology, Jewish Studies Program, Humanities Center, and School of Law

March 6-7, 2015

Conference on Mental Health in Japan

Cosponsored by the Asian Studies Center and Toshiba International Foundation

March 3, 2015

What Does Digital Humanities Look Like in Jewish Studies?

Dorothy Kim, Vassar College

Sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program with support from English, Music, Religious Studies. Medieval & Renaissance Studies,Digital Humanities Research Exchange, and the Honors College.

March 2, 2015

The Music Libel against the Jews and the Medieval Miracle of the Virgin

Dorothy Kim, Vassar College

Sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program with support from English, Music, Religious Studies. Medieval & Renaissance Studies,
Digital Humanities Research Exchange, and the Honors College.

March 2, 2015

CLST Popular Print Culture Lunchtime Discussion on US Catholic Publishing to 1860 by James Emmett Ryan, professor of English, Auburn University

Sponsored by the Cultiral Studies Program in conjunction with the Department of Religious Studies

November 5, 2014

Baring the Soul: Intersections of Saints and Sexuality in Contemporary Culture

David Givens, Cooperative Doctoral Program in Religion, University of PIttsburgh

Sponsorred by the Center for LGBT Health Research

November 5, 2014

The Historian’s Pickaxe: Uncovering the Origins of the Religious Right

Randall Balmer, Dartmouth Professor in the Arts & Sciecnes, Dartmoith College

With responses by Paula Kane (Religious Studies) and Kristin Kanthak (Political Science

AUDIO

November 4, 2014

Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory: A Journey into the Evangelical Subcultral in America

A discussion with historian of American religion Randall Balmer, Dartmouth Professor in the Arts & Sciences, Dartmouth College, on the 25th anniversary edition of his prize-winning book.

October 28, 2014

Collaboration and Innovation: Marcel Breuer and the Benedictines Design Saint John’s Abbey Church

Victoria Young, professor of Art History, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota

5:00 PM, 602 Cathedral of Learning

Cosponored with Architectural Studie

April 9, 2014

Women, Food, and Power: The Protestant Moralization of Eating in America, 1830-1925

Emily Bailey, Cooperative Doctoral Program in Religion, University of Pittsburgh

March 19, 2014

The “Funerary Buddhas” and the “Introduction of Buddhism” in China

Margarita Delgado, Cooperative Doctoral Program in Religion, University of Pittsburgh

February 27, 2014

Spiritual Health v. Mental Health: The Uses of Japanese Naikan Meditation

Clark Chilson, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, University of Pittsburgh

Sponsored by Asia Over Lunch Series, Asian Studies Center

February 20, 2014

Connectiveness in the Islamic World (661-1300 CE)

Maxim Romanov, Postdoctoral Associate, Perseus Digital Project, Tufts University

Cosponsored with the Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies, departments of History, Linguistics and Slavic Languages and Literatures, European Studies Center/European Union Center of Excellence, Global Studies Center, Graduate Program in Cultural Studies, University Honors College, and World History Center

February 12, 2014

'Our Imperiled Age': A Dialogue between Carl Jung and Karl Stern

Daniel Burston, Associate Professor of Psychology, Duquesne University

February 6, 2014

Catholic Mysticism in Modern America

Paula Kane, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Marous Chair of Contemporary Catholic Studies, University of Pittsburgh

With responses by Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski (French and Italian) and Timothy Kelly (St. Vincent College)

12:30-2:00 PM, Humanities Center
Sponsored by the Humanities Center

January 24, 2014

Religion and the Study of Supernatural Events

Paula Kane, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Marous Chair of Contemporary Catholic Studies, University of Pittsburg

January 15, 2014

Assaulted at the Altar: Violence and the Struggle for Sovereignty in the Immigrant American Catholic Parish, 1870-1939

Margaret J. Rencewicz, Doctoral Candidate, Cooperative program in Religion, University of Pittburgh

December 4, 2013

Augustine and the Platonists: Time, Soul, and Creation

Christina Hoenig, Assistant Professor of Classics, University of Pittsburgh

November 20, 2013

Liberation Theology in Brazil: Still Alive?

Erhard S. Gerstenberger, Professor of Old Testament, University of Marburg (Germany)

November 6, 2013

Ali Akbar, or, The Fighter Who Wouldn't Flight: Ironies of Race, Religion, an Violence in Muhammad Ali's Nation of Islam

M. Cooper Harriss, Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences Postdoctoral Associate in Religious Studies, University of Pittsburgh

October 9, 2013

Archaeological Evidence for the Origins of Christianity in Florence

Franklin Toker, Professor of History of Art and Architecture, University of Pittsburgh

September 18, 2013

The Drama of Vernacular Theology: The Bible, Literature, and Genealogies of Modernity

Ryan McDermott, Assistant Professor of English, University of Pittsburgh

April 10, 2013

Man Up!: Jewish Masculinities in Greco-Roman Antiquity

Jason von Ehrenkrook, Perlow Lecturer in Classical Judaism, Department of Religious Studies, University of Pittsburgh

April 6, 2013

A Tale of Three Hagia Sophias: Conversion, Museumification, Contestation

Tuǧba Tanyeri-Erdemir, Middle East Technical University, Ankara

Cosponsored wit the Center for Russian and European Studies and the Anthropology Department

April 4, 2013

Second Annual Richard H. Wilmer, Jr. Lecture in Christian Studies

Sarah Osborn's World: The Rise of Evangelicalism in Early America

Catherine A. Brekus, Associate Professor of Religions in America and the History of Christianity, The Divinity School, and Associate Member, Department of History, University of Chicago

PODCAST

April 3, 2013

Religious Women and the Problem of Historical Agency

A Special Workshop for Graduate Students and Conversation with

Catherine A. Brekus, Associate Professor of Religions in America and the History of Christianity, The Divinity School, and Associate Member of History, University of Chicago

Advanced readings for download from Dr. Brekus’ "Mormon Women and the Problem of Historical Agency" and Sarah Osborn's World.

March 6, 2013

"We are the Real Indians": Racial Identity, Religious Narrative, and the Interpretation of Ancient American Archaeological Sites

Spencer Dew, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Mattie Allen Broyles Inaugural Year Research Chair, Centenary College, Louisiana

February 19, 2013

State Office and Wealth Accumulation in Contemporary China: A Social Explanation of 'Corruption'

David L. Wank, professor of Sociology, Graduate Program in Global Studies and Faculty of Liberal Arts, Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan

Cosponsored with the Asian Studies Center and World History Center

February 19, 2013

Conversation with David L. Wank, professor of Sociology, Sophia University, Tokyo, and coeditor of Making Religion, Making the State: The Politics of Religion in Modern China (Stanford University Press, 2009)

February 13, 2013

New Ideas in the Development of Science of Religion

Carl Johnson, Associate Professor of Psychology in Education, University of Pittsburgh

February 6, 2013

It's All Very Pretty but a Person Can't Cry There: Jewish Anxieties over Suburbanization, 1945-1965

Rachel Kranson, Assistant Profrossor of Religious Studies, University of Pittsburgh

Part of the Squirrel Hill Project: Squirrel Hill's Jewish Community, Urban History, and American Jewish History

VIEW PODCAST

January 16, 2013

Pulpit, Politics, and Pathos: Protestant Rhetoric and the National Socialist Revolution

Angela Dienhart Hancock, Assistant Professor of Homiletics and Worship, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

January 9, 2013

The Color of Christ

Edward J. Blum, Associate Professor of History, San Diego State University

Cosponsored by the Center on Race and Social Problems, Graduate Studies Office, Humanities Center and University Honors College, and the Departments of Anthropology, History and Sociology

January 9, 2013

Graduate Student Workshop and Conversation with
Edward J. Blum, author of The Color of Christ: The Son and the Saga of Race in America

Cosponsored by the Center on Race and Social Problems, Graduate Studies Office and Humanities Center, and the Departments of Anthropology, History and Sociology

Download Advanced Reading here

December 5, 2012

What Kind of Job is that for a Nice Jewish Boy?": Negotiating Jewish Masculinity in an Age of Affluence, 1945-1967

Rachel Kranson, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, University of Pittsburgh

November 14, 2012

Muslim ‘Taqwacore’ Punk Rock: “This is for the Brown Kids!”

Amy McDowell, PhD candidate, Department of Sociology, University of Pittsburgh

November 11, 2012

Introduction to the Use of Buddhist Temple Gazetteers:
A Day-long Interactive Workshop

Marcus Bingenheimer, Assistant Professor of Religion, Temple University, and Project Director, “A Critical Digital Edition of the Song gaoseng zhuan” and “Digital Archive of Chinese Buddhist Temple Gazetteers”

Cosponsored by the Asian Studies Center, China Council, Humanities Center, and Graduate Studies Office

October 25, 2012

Israel's Changing Identity

Fred Lazin, Lynn and Lloyd Hurst Family Professor of Local Government at Ben Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and the Visiting Professor of Israel Studies at American University.

October 17, 2012

The Material Culture of Death in Japan

Karen Gerhart, Professor of History and Art and Architecture, University of Pittsburgh

September 19, 2012

Irreligion Made Easy: The Reaction to Thomas Paine’s
The Age of Reason

Patrick Hughes, PhD candidate, Cooperative Program in Religion, University of Pittsburgh

September 7, 2012

Did the First Christians Worship Jesus?

Rebecca Denova, Lecturer, Department of Religious Studies, University of Pittsburgh

Sponsored by the University Honors College

April 19, 2012

First Annual Richard H. Wilmer, Jr. Lecture in Christian Studies

The Invention of American Spirituality

Leigh E. Schmidt
Edward Mallinckrodt University Professor, Danforth Center on Religion & Politics, Washington University in St. Louis 

VIEW PODCAST

April 18, 2012

On Research Methods and Topics in American Religion

A Special Workshop and Conversation with:

Leigh E. Schmidt
Edward Mallinckrodt University Professor, Danforth Center on Religion & Politics, Washington University in St. Louis

Based on Dr. Schmidt’s groundbreaking Heaven’s Bride: The Unprintable Life of Ida C. Craddock, American Mystic, Scholar, Sexologist, Martyr and Madwomen (2010) and Consumer Rites: The Buying and Selling of American Holidays (1995).

This workshop is open to graduate students and faculty. Excerpts for advanced reading: From Heaven's Bride 1, Heaven's Bride 2, and Consumer Rites.

April 11, 2012

Violence in the Bible

Jerome Creach, Robert C. Holland Professor of Old Testament, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

March 28, 2012

Frightening Jews: Toward a Definition of Jewish Horror

Jeremy Dauber, Atran Associate Professor of Yiddish Literature and Culture, Columbia University

Cosponsored with the Programs in Jewish Studies, Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Cultural and Film Studies, and the German Department

March 21, 2012

The Butterfly's Face: Ethical Encounters with the Animal Other

Lina Insana, Associate Professor of Italian, University of Pittsburgh

March 15, 2012

Marketing Morality: Church Cookbooks & Victorian American Domesticity

Emily Bailey, Cooperative Program in Religion, University of Pittsburgh

Women's Studies Colloquium Series

February 8, 2012

The Revolving Door Faith Club: Documentary Screening and Meet the Filmmaker

Susie Meister Barker, Cooperative Doctoral Program in Religion, University of Pittsburgh

February 2, 2012

On the Complexities of Religious Discourse in the Eighteenth Century: The Case of Goethe

Horst Lange, Associate Professor of German, University of Central Arkansas

Cosponsored with the Humanities Center, Department of German, Programs in Cultural Studies and Jewish Studies, the European Union Center of Excellence & European Studies Center, and the Group of Eighteenth Century Studies

January 11, 2012

Divination and its Digital(?) Futures: Senses, Scripts, and "The Great Beyond"

David Kim, Arts and Sciences Postdoctoral Fellow in Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh

December 7, 2011

A Heaven of Wine: Christians and Muslims at Monasteries in the Early Islamic Middle East

Elizabeth Campbell, World History Center Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Pittsburgh

November 16, 2011

Dancing on the Horns of a Dilemma: How Secrecy Causes Problems for Covert Shin Buddhists in Japan Today

Clark Chilson, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, University of Pittsburgh

October 19, 2011

Find Sweet Music Everywhere: Catholic Supernaturalism in Twentieth-Century America

Paula M. Kane, Associate Professor and Marous Chair of Contemporary Catholic Studies, University of Pittsburgh

September 21, 2011

"To undo the blasphemy, what a labor!": The Restoration and Remarking of Symbols in Plowshares Nuclear Disarmament Actions

Kristen Tobey, Arts and Sciences Postdoctoral Fellow in Religious Studies, University of Pittsburgh

April 13, 2011

Excavations at Mount Nebo, Jordan: Remembered by Relics?

Margaret Judd, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning
Department of Religious Studies Brown Bag Lunch Colloquium

April 6, 2011

Humans, Angel or God? Jewish Roots in Christian Messianism: Roundtable Workshop (PDF)

Keynote Speaker:
Gabriele Boccaccini, Professor Second Temple Judaism and Early Rabbinic Literature, University of Michigan

Respondent:
Dale C Allison, Jr., Errett M. Grable Professor of New Testament Exegesis and Early Christianity, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

Roundtable:

Moderator:
Jason von Ehrenkrook, Perlow Lectuer of Classical Judaism, University of Pittsburgh

Rebecca Denova, Visiting Lecturer in Religious Studies, University of Pittsburgh

Tucker Ferda, PhD Student, Cooperative Doctoral Program in Religion, University of Pittsburgh

Nancy Klancher, PhD Candidate, Cooperative Doctoral Program in Religion, University of Pittsburgh

3:00-5:00 PM
Dining Room A, William Pitt Union
Cosponsored by the Jewish Studies Program of the University of Pittsburgh

April 6, 2011

Constructing Christian Identity, One Canaanite Woman at a Time

Nancy Klancher, PhD candidate, Cooperative Doctoral Program in Religion, University of Pittsburgh

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning
Department of Religious Studies Brown Bag Lunch Colloquium

March 16, 2011

Converts Come Home: Return Migration, Remittances, and Reciprocity

Joel Brady, PhD candidate, Cooperative Doctoral Program in Religion, University of Pittsburgh

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning
Department of Religious Studies Brown Bag Lunch Colloquium

February 16, 2011

People of the Picture Window: Postwar Jews and the Fear of Suburban Conformity

Rachel Kranson, PhD candidate in History and Jewish Studies, New York University

4:30-5:30 PM, 119 Cathedral of Learning (German Room)

February 9, 2011

Serving Our Boys: Jewish Leadership, State Power, and Religious Pluralism in World War I America

Jessica Cooperman, Posen Postsoctoral Fellow, Mulhenberg College

4:30-5:30 PM, 119 Cathedral of Learning (German Room)

February 8, 2011

Italian Saints Against Bohemian Heretics: Heterodoxy, Witchcraft, and Female Mysticism c.1500

Tamar Herzig, Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History, Tel Aviv University

4:30 PM, 501G Cathedral of Learning
Cosponsored with the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program, Department of French and Italian, Humanities Center, and Women’s Studies Program

February 4, 2011

Manly Missions: Jews, Christians, and American Religious Masculinity

Sarah Imhoff, Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Borns Jewish Studies Program, University of Indiana, Bloomington

2:00-3:00 PM
208B Cathedral of Learning

February 2, 2011

Little People, Great War: Transatlantic Labor Migration, Ethnoreligious Conversion, and the Origins of World War I

Joel Brady, PhD candidate, Cooperative Program in Religion, University of Pittsburgh

Noon, 4217 William W. Posvar Hall
Cosponsored with the Center for Russian and East European Studies

January 12, 2011

Morality, Faith, Practice and the Non-regressing Path to the Pure Land: The Pure Land Thought of Peng Shaosheng (1740-1796)

Hongyu Wu, PhD Candidate, Cooperative Doctoral Program in Religion, University of Pittsburgh

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning
Department of Religious Studies Brown Bag Lunch Colloquium

December 8, 2010

Embodying the Spirit: Kongo Female Prophets and Religious Movements in the Lower Congo

Yolanda Covington-Ward, Assistant Professor of Africana Studies, University of Pittsburgh

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning
Department of Religious Studies Brown Bag Lunch Colloquium

November 10, 2010

National Icon or Symbol of Islamic Iconoclasm?: A Brief History of the Qûwwat-ûl-Islam Mosque

Mrinalini Rajagopalan, Faculty Fellow in South Asian Studies, Yale University

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning
Department of Religious Studies Brown Bag Lunch Colloquium

November 4, 2010

The Itinerant Artist as Explorer in Yoruba Culture

Rowland Abiodun, John C. Newton Professor of Art History and Black Studies, Amherst College

4 PM, 202 Frick Fine Arts
Cosponsored with the Departments of History of Art & Architecture and History

November 3, 2010

How Jesus Celebrated Passover: Renaissance Scholarship and the Jewish Origins of Christianity

Anthony Grafton, Henry Putnam University Professor of History, Princeton University

5 PM, Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Cosponsored with the Program in Cultural Studies, Humanities Center, and Jewish Studies Program

October 27, 2010

Beauty Queens, Irredentism, and the Jewish Question in Interwar Hungary

Michael Miller, Associate Professor of History, Central European University, Budapest

4 PM, 3703 Posvar Hall
Cosponsored with the Department of History European Colloquium and Jewish Studies Program

October 20, 2010

Between Religious Ascendance and Political Might: The Role of Ritual Performance in the Development of Social Hierarchy in Pre-Columbian Peru

Enrique Lopez-Hurtado, PhD candidate, Department of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning
Department of Religious Studies Brown Bag Lunch Colloquium

September 22, 2010

"Transformational Mysticism" in Eastern Christianity: Points of Continuity and Discontinuity with Jewish Apocalypticism

Bogdan Bucur, Assistant Professor of Theology, Duquesne University

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning
Department of Religious Studies Brown Bag Lunch Colloquium

April 30, 2010

Revolution, Diplomacy and Ethnicity: Cuba, Israel and the Jewish Community from 1959 to 1973

Margalit Bejarano, Professor of Latin American Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Noon, 3703 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Cosponsored with the Jewish Studies Program

April 27, 2010

Jews in the World of Gods

Jason von Ehrenkrook, Fellow at the Frankel Institute of Advanced Jewish Studies, University of Michigan

1 p.m., 302 Cathedral of Learning
Cosponsored with the Jewish Studies Program

April 20, 2010

Measures of Piety and Requirement in Prayer: Halakha and Aggada in a Talmudic Discourse

Theodore (Shlomo) Chertok, Director of the Ginsburg‐Ingerman Overseas Student Program at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

4 p.m., 337 Cathedral of Learning
Cosponsored with the Jewish Studies Program

April 7, 2010

Medieval Hebrew-French Wedding Songs: Expressions of Identity

Kirsten Fudeman, Assistant Professor of French, University of Pittsburgh

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning
Department of Religious Studies Brown Bag Lunch Colloquium

March 19, 2010

Censorship and the Secularization of Jewish Discourse

Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin, Professor of History, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

2 p.m., 501 Cathedral of Learning
Cosponsored with the Jewish Studies Program and the Program in Medieval and Renaissance Studies

February 17, 2010

Helena Valero's Yanomamo Captivity Narrative

H. David Brumble, Professor of English and Religious Studies, University of Pittsburgh

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning
Department of Religious Studies Brown Bag Lunch Colloquium

January 20, 2010

Conscience, Constituents, and Culture Wars: The Partisan Face of Political Representation

David C. Barker, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Pittsburgh

Noon, 501 Cathedral of Learning
Department of Religious Studies Brown Bag Lunch Colloquium

December 2, 2009

Transcendence and Religiously Feeling the State in Central Asia

David W. Montgomery, Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning
Department of Religious Studies Brown Bag Lunch Colloquium

November 11, 2009

The Muwallad Era (711-1085): The Christians of al-Andalus amid Islamic Rule and Christian Kingdoms

Diego Olstein, Lecturer in History, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Visiting Scholar, World History Center, University of Pittsburgh

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning
Department of Religious Studies Brown Bag Lunch Colloquium

November 10, 2009

"Cinema’s Exiles": From Hitler to Hollywood
Commemorating Crystal Night

Lucy Fischer, Distinguished Professor of English and Director of Film Studies, University of Pittsburgh

4 p.m., location to be announced
Cosponsored by the Jewish Studies Program and Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures

October 22, 2009

Between Heaven and Earth: An Illuminated Torah Commentary

Ilene Winn-Lederer, Artist, Pittsburgh, PA

7:30 p.m., 1640 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Cosponsored by the Jewish Studies Program and Israel Heritage Classroom Committee

October 15, 2009

"The Disgrace of Our Century!": Antisemitism, Modern Politics, and the Debates over Circumcision and Kosher Butchering, 1871-1933

Robin Judd, Associate Professor of History, The Ohio State University

4 p.m., location to be announced
Sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program

October 14, 2009

Is the "Problem of Evil" Still Broadly Relevant?

Eric Boynton, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Allegheny College

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning
Department of Religious Studies Brown Bag Lunch Colloquium

October 6, 2009

The 1990s Immigrants from the FSU in Israel: Twenty Years Later

Majid Al-Haj, Vice President and Dean of Research, University of Haifa

Noon, 4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Cosponsored by the Jewish Studies Program, Department of Sociology and Center for Russian and East European Studies, with the support of the Giant Eagle Foundation

September 16, 2009

Would Hell be Unjust?

Tony Edwards, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, University of Pittsburgh

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning
Department of Religious Studies Brown Bag Lunch Colloquium

April 8, 2009

Religion and Civil Society Actors in International Development: A Report on the Early Stages of a Project on Religion, Political Voice, and Accountability

Paul J. Nelson, Associate Professor of International Development, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning
Department of Religious Studies Brown Bag Lunch Colloquium

March 30, 2009

Justice and Taxation in Late Daoist China

Vincent Goossaert, Senior Researcher in Chinese Religion, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Paris

4-5:30 p.m., 4130 Posvar Hall
Cosponsored with the Asian Studies Center and China Council of the University Center for International Studies and History Department of the University of Pittsburgh, and Modern Languages Department of Carnegie Mellon University

March 18, 2009

"And we got to get ourselves back to the garden”
(Woodstock—Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young)

Rebecca Denova, Visiting Lecturer of Religious Studies, University of Pittsburgh

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning
Department of Religious Studies Brown Bag Lunch Colloquium

February 11, 2009

Religion and Politics in China: Evidence from Survey Data

Wenfang Tang, Professor of Political Science, University of Pittsburgh

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning
Department of Religious Studies Brown Bag Lunch Colloquium

January 21, 2009

Violent and Non-violent Ends of the Sanskrit Epic, A Dialogical Reading

Tamar Reich, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning
Department of Religious Studies Brown Bag Lunch Colloquium

November 12, 2008

The Apocalyptic Genre Considered by the Light of Ricoeur's Hermeneutics

Peter de Vries, Cooperative Doctoral Program in Religion, University of Pittsburgh

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning
Department of Religious Studies Brown Bag Lunch Colloquium

October 29, 2008

The Hermeneutic Revolution in Contemporary Islam

Mohammed Bamyeh, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Pittsburgh

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning
Department of Religious Studies Brown Bag Lunch Colloquium

October 28, 2008

Atonement and Denial: The German Christian Churches in the Aftermath of the Holocaust

Christian Staffa, Theologian and Director of Action Reconciliation Service for Peace

Moderator: William Carl III, President, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

Discussants: Sister Gemma del Duca, National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education, Seton Hill University; Rabbi James Gibson, Temple Sinai; John Wilson, Professor of Church History, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

7:30 p.m., Pittsburgh Theological Seminary Auditorium, 616 North Highland Avenue
Cosponsored with the Action Reconciliation Service for Peace, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Jewish Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh, and the Holocaust Center of Greater Pittsburgh

October 28, 2008

Sixty-five Years Later: Teaching the Holocaust in Germany Today

Elke Gryglewski, Senior Educator, House of Wannsee Conference Memorial and Educational Centre, Berlin, Germany

2-4 p.m., Kurtzman Room, William Pitt Union
Cosponsored with the Action Reconciliation Service for Peace, School of Education and Jewish Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh, and the Holocaust Center of Greater Pittsburgh

October 27, 2008

What is the "European Genizah"? A Survey of Hebrew Manuscript Discoveries in Italy and Spain and their Importance for Jewish Studies

Mauro Perani, Professor of Hebrew and Hebrew Codicology and Palaeography, University of Bologna, and Department of Preservation of Cultural Heritage, Ravenna Campus

4 p.m., 501 Cathedral of Learning
Cosponsored by the Program in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Jewish Studies Program, and Department of French and Italian Languages and Literatures

October 23, 2008

Jewish Art: Yes, but is it Kosher? The Collision between Artist Materials and the Rules of Kashrut

Ben Schachter, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts, Saint Vincent College

7:30 p.m., 1640 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Cosponsored by the Israeli Heritage Classroom Committee and the Jewish Studies Program

October 9, 2008

Quid is Veritas? Trying to Disentangle the Real from the Mythical Pilate

Colum Hourihane, Director, Index of Christian Art, Art and Archaeology, Princeton University

3:30 p.m., 203 Frick Fine Arts
Sponsored by the Program in Medieval and Renaissance Studies with support from the departments of Religious Studies and History of Art and Architecture

September 17, 2008

Hannah Arendt on the Miracle of Losing and Retrieving Conscience

Alon Segev, Max Plank Fellow, University of Heidelberg

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning
Department of Religious Studies Brown Bag Lunch Colloquium
Cosponsored with the Jewish Studies Program

April 16, 2008

German or Jewish: The German Scholars in Turkey, 1933-1950

Izzet Bahar, Cooperative Doctoral Program in Religion, University of Pittsburgh

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning

April 9, 2008

The Performative Politics of Gender and Political Violence: Women of "Shivaji's Army" in Maharashtra, India

Tarini Bedi, Research Associate, Center for Research on Women and Gender/Center of Excellence in Women's Health, University of Pittsburgh

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning
Department of Religious Studies Brown Bag Lunch Colloquium

April 2, 2008

Assisting Belief: Ritual and the Spectator

Dennis Kennedy, Beckett Professor of Drama Emeritus, Trinity College, Dublin

5 p.m., 142 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by the Program in Cultural Studies with the departments of Religious Studies and Theater Arts

March 30-31, 2008

Discourses of "Jewishness": A Symposium on Jewish Identity and Representation

Organized by Alexander Orbach and convened by the Jewish Studies Program

Full symposium program

Supported by the School of Arts and Sciences Faculty Research and Scholarship Program of the University of Pittsburgh, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian and East European Studies, European Union Center of Excellence and European Studies Center of the University Center for International Studies, and departments of French and Italian and Religious Studies. With additional support from the United Jewish Federation and the Samuel, Fannie and Irwin A Solow Memorial Endowment of the UJF Foundation.

Do You Consider Yourself a Jewish Writer?

Dara Horn, award-winning novelist of In the Image and The World to Come

7:30 p.m., 1502 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Keynote Address for the Symposium on Discourses of "Jewishness"

Supported by the Office of the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences of the University of Pittsburgh in association with the Giant Eagle Foundation and Jewish University Center of the University of Pittsburgh

March 27, 2008

Was Jesus' Foster-Father a Martyr? Constructing the Death of Joseph the Carpenter

Pamela Sheingorn, Professor Emerita of History, City University of New York

4 p.m., 501 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by the Program in Medieval and Renaissance Studies with support from the Department of Religious Studies

March 19, 2008

From Deference to Democracy: Catholics Transform their Faith in the Mid-20th Century

Timothy Kelly, Associate Professor of History, St. Vincent College

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning
Department of Religious Studies Brown Bag Lunch Colloquium

March 5, 2008

New Trends in Buddhism in Modern China

WEI Dedong, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Renmin University of China, and Visiting Scholar, Baylor University

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning
Cosponsored by the Asian Studies Center and China Council of the University Center for International Studies, Program in Cultural Studies, and departments of Anthropology, History and Sociology

February 29, 2008

Jewish Eyes, 1140-1180

Sara Lipton, Associate Professor of History, State University of New York at Stony Brook

4 p.m., 501 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by the Program in Medieval and Renaissance Studies with support from the Department of Religious Studies

February 13, 2008

A Comparison of Shi'i and Sunni Approaches to Religious Authority in Contemporary Islam

Haider Ala Hamoudi, Associate Professor of Law, University of Pittsburgh

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning
Department of Religious Studies Brown Bag Lunch Colloquium

January 16 , 2008

Banker by Day, Theologian by Night: A Study of Conversion Motives among American Converts to Eastern Orthodoxy

Amy Slagle, Cooperative Doctoral Program in Religion, University of Pittsburgh

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning
Department of Religious Studies Brown Bag Lunch Colloquium

November 15, 2007

The Worship of Celestial Bodies in Japan: Politics, Rituals, and Icons

Lucia Dolce, Senior Lecturer of Japanese Religion, Department of the Study of Religion, and Director of the Centre for the Study of Japanese Religions, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London

1-2:15 p.m., 104 David Lawrence Hall
Cosponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Studies in the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh

November 13, 2007

Ritualizing Duality: Secret Iconographies of Empowerment in Medieval Japan

Lucia Dolce, Senior Lecturer of Japanese Religion, Department of the Study of Religion, and Director of the Centre for the Study of Japanese Religions, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London

4:15 p.m., 4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, with reception to follow
Cosponsored by the Asian Studies Center and Japan Council of the University Center for International Studies and the Program in Cultural Studies. Funding also provided by the Japan Iron and Steel Federation and Mitsubishi Endowments.

November 7, 2007

Contesting Sacred Space in China's Ethnic Borderlands: Ritual and Myth at Huanglong, Northern Sichuan

Donald S. Sutton, Professor of History and Anthropology, Carnegie Mellon University

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning
Department of Religious Studies Brown Bag Lunch Colloquium

October 15, 2007

Why Do They Hate Us? A Muslim Perspective on Islam and Violence

Abdul Mawgoud Dardery, Assistant Professor of Cultural Studies and Critical Discourse, South Valley University, Luxor, Egypt

3 p.m., 501 Cathedral of Learning
Cosponsored by the University Honors College, Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies of the University Center for International Studies, and the departments of English, History and Political Science

October 10, 2007

The Response of the U.S. Catholic Church to United States Policy in Central America, 1950-1990

Edward Brett, Professor of History, La Roche College

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning
Department of Religious Studies Brown Bag Lunch Colloquium

September 19, 2007

Religious Continuity and Change: Research Opportunities in Egyptian Case Studies (Or, How I Spent My Summer Vacation)

Rebecca Denova, Visiting Lecturer of Religious Studies, University of Pittsburgh

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning
Department of Religious Studies Brown Bag Lunch Colloquium

April 26, 2007

Discovering History from the Field: A Knowledge Archaeology on Folk Literature, Legends and Tales

ZHAO Shiyu, Professor of History, Beijing Normal University

2 p.m., 4217 Posvar Hall
Cosponsored with the Asian Studies Center of the University Center for International Studies and departments of Modern Languages and History of Carnegie Mellon University

April 18, 2007

Current Trends in Buddhism in China: Church-State-Academy Relations

XUAN Fang, Associate Professor of Buddhism, Institute for the Study of Buddhism and Religious Theory, Renmin University of China, and Visiting Fellow, Yenching Institute, Harvard University

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning
Cosponsored by the Asian Studies Center of the University Center for International Studies and University Honors College

April 11, 2007

Islamic Cosmopolitanism: Hakim Mohammed Said and the Society for the Promotion of Eastern Medicine

Joseph S. Alter, Professor of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning
Department of Religious Studies Brown Bag Lunch Colloquium

April 6, 2007

Thinking "Inside" the Box: Tombs, Ossuaries, Inscriptions, and the "Family" of Jesus

Rebecca Denova, Visiting Lecturer of Religious Studies, University of Pittsburgh

2 p.m., Kurtzman Room, William Pitt Union
Cosponsored with the University Honors College

March 30, 2007

The Lost Gospel of Judas (and other Gnostic Gospels)

Bart Ehrman, James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Noon, Dining Room A, William Pitt Union
Cosponsored by the University Honors College

March 28, 2007

On Doing Fieldwork in China

A Conversation with Edward A. Burger, Director of Amongst White Clouds

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning

March 27, 2007

Amongst White Clouds

Special Screening and Meet the Director, Edward A. Burger

A contemporary journey into the hidden lives of the forgotten Buddhist hermit tradition in the Zhongnan Mountains of central China

4 p.m., Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Cosponsored by the Asian Studies Center and the China Council of the University Center for International Studies, Office of Undergraduate Studies in the School of Arts and Sciences, and Programs in Cultural and Film Studies

March 27, 2007

The Buddhist Hermit Tradition in China Today

Edward A. Burger, Director of Amongst White Clouds

1 p.m., 426 Benedum Hall

March 14, 2007

Tolerance as Hospitality: Pierre Bayle’s Commentaire Philosophique

Lucien Nouis, Assistant Professor of French, University of Pittsburgh

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning
Department of Religious Studies Brown Bag Lunch Colloquium

February 28, 2007

Dangerous Religion? Cultural Constructions of Religion in Post-Aum Japan and their Wider Implications

Ian Reader, Professor of Japanese Studies and Director of the Japan Centre, Manchester University (UK)

4 p.m., 4127 Sennott Square
Cosponsored by the Asian Studies Center and Japan Council of the University Center for International Studies. Funding provided by the Japan Iron and Steel Federation and Mitsubishi Endowments and Office of Undergraduate Studies in the School of Arts and Sciences.

February 28, 2007

Ethnography and Japanese Pilgrimage: The Case of the Shikoku Pilgrimage Route

A Conversation with Ian Reader, Professor of Japanese Studies and Director of the Japan Centre, Manchester University (UK)

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning

February 27, 2007

Aum: A Case Study in Religious Violence

Ian Reader, Professor of Japanese Studies and Director of the Japan Centre, Manchester University (UK)

1 p.m., 426 Benedum Hall

February 5, 2007

Black-Jewish Relations

A Conversation with Cheryl Lynn Greenberg, Raether Distinguished Professor of History, Trinity College

3 p.m., 2628 Cathedral of Learning

February 5, 2007

The Politics of Black-Jewish Relations and Why it Matters

Cheryl Lynn Greenberg, Raether Distinguished Professor of History, Trinity College

Noon, 5130 Posvar Hall
Cosponsored with the Program in Jewish Studies

January 26, 2007

New Directions in Renaissance Studies

Carlo Ginzburg, Franklin D. Murphy Professor of Italian Renaissance Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

2 p.m., 2628 Cathedral of Learning

January 17, 2007

Two Temples, Three Religions, and a Tourist Attraction: Contesting the Sacred Space in China's Ethnic Borderland

Xiaofei Kang, Assistant Professor of Chinese, Carnegie Mellon University

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning
Department of Religious Studies Brown Bag Lunch Colloquium

December 7, 2006

Religion's Roots and Tangled Branches, or Fighting the War on Terror with Authentic Fakes

Russell T. McCutcheon, Professor of Religious Studies, University of Alabama

4 p.m., 4127 Sennott Square
With support from the departments of Anthropology, English, History, History of Art & Architecture, Political Science and Sociology, Program in Cultural Studies, and University Honors College

December 6, 2006

On the Limits of the Humanistic Study of Religion

Russell T. McCutcheon, Professor of Religious Studies, University of Alabama

2 p.m., 4500 Posvar Hall
Department of Religious Studies Brown Bag Lunch Colloquium

December 4, 2006

Islam in the West: Conflict or Dialogue

Moshe Ma'oz, Professor Emeritus of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, Hebrew University (Jerusalem), and Visiting Professor of Communications and Information Systems, Robert Morris University

4 p.m., 115 Mervis Hall
Cosponsored with the Program in Jewish Studies. With support from the Global Studies Program and Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies of the University Center for International Studies.

November 15, 2006

Burkas and Babushkas: The Veiling of Women in Christianity and Islam

Rebecca Denova, Visiting Lecturer of Religious Studies, and M. Pinar Emiralioglu, Visiting Assistant Professor of History, University of Pittsburgh

Noon, Lower Lounge, William Pitt Union
Cosponsored with the University Honors College

November 8, 2006

Censorship and Civic Order in Reformation Germany

Allyson Creasman, Assistant Professor of History, Carnegie Mellon University

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning
Department of Religious Studies Brown Bag Lunch Colloquium

October 18, 2006

"Wars with the Lord?" Marketing Gersonides in Sixteenth-Century Italy

Adam Shear, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, University of Pittsburgh

Noon, Cathedral of Learning
Department of Religious Studies Brown Bag Lunch Colloquium

September 20, 2006

Gambaga: A Witch Sanctuary in the North of Ghana

David Brumble, Professor of English and Religious Studies, University of Pittsburgh

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning
Department of Religious Studies Brown Bag Lunch Colloquium

April 11, 2006

What Have We "Discovered" in the Lost Gospels?

Rebecca Denova, Visiting Lecturer of Religious Studies, University of Pittsburgh

Noon, Kurtzman Room, William Pitt Union
Four-part series on Lost Christianities, Lost Gospels, cosponsored with the University Honors College

March 31-April 2, 2006

Ritualizing In, On and Across the Boundaries of the Indian Subcontinent: A Conference in Honor of Fred W. Clothey

Convened and organized by Linda Penkower, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, University of Pittsburgh. Co-organized by Jason Fuller, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Depauw University.

Full conference program and abstracts

Cosponsored by the Office of the Provost and School of Arts and Sciences and the Asian Studies Center and Indo-Pacific Council of the University Center for International Studies. Additional support provided by the Department of Anthropology, Program in Cultural Studies, and University Honors College.

March 31, 2006

Shooting Rites

Ronald L. Grimes, Professor of Religion and Culture Wilfrid Laurier University, and Holder of the Chair of Ritual Studies at the Institute of Religious Studies, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands

4 p.m., Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Keynote Address for the Conference on Ritualizing In, On and Across the Boundaries of the Indian Subcontinent

March 21, 2006

The Battle for Orthodoxy

Rebecca Denova, Visiting Lecturer of Religious Studies, University of Pittsburgh

Noon, Kurtzman Room, William Pitt Union
Four-part series on Lost Christianities, Lost Gospels, cosponsored with the University Honors College

February 28, 2006

The Tel Zayit Inscription: An Archaeological Benchmark in the History of Writing

Ron L. Tappy, G. Albert Shoemaker Professor of Bible and Archaeology and Director of the James L. Kelso Bible Lands Museum, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, and Project Director and Principal Investigator of the Zeitah Excavations

4 p.m., Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
With support from the University Honors College

February 27, 2006

Inheritors of the Israelite Traditions: Sacred Geography and Idumean Self-Identity

Kevin Osterloh, Department of Religion, Princeton University

2 p.m., 139 Cathedral of Learning

February 23, 2006

Canaanite and Mesopotamian Influences on the Aramaic Legal Tradition

Andrew Gross, Visiting Lecturer of Religious Studies, University of Pittsburgh

2 p.m., 139 Cathedral of Learning

February 14, 2006

Who were the Gnostics?

Rebecca Denova, Visiting Lecturer of Religious Studies, University of Pittsburgh

Noon, Kurtzman Room, William Pitt Union
Four-part series on Lost Christianities, Lost Gospels, cosponsored with the University Honors College

January 30, 2006

Regulating Religious Secrets: Covert Japanese Buddhists and the Consequences of Concealment

Clark Chilson, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Pacific Lutheran University

2 p.m., 501 Cathedral of Learning

January 27, 2006

The Death of Buddhism: Locating the Dead in Contemporary Japan

Mark Rowe, Department of Religion, Princeton University

2 p.m., 501 Cathedral of Learning

January 26, 2006

Lost Christianities, Lost Gospels

Rebecca Denova, Visiting Lecturer of Religious Studies, University of Pittsburgh

Noon, Kurtzman Room, William Pitt Union
Four-part series on Lost Christianities, Lost Gospels, cosponsored with the University Honors College

January 20, 2006

Magic, Discipline, and Ideology: The Shingon Ritsu School and the Study of Kamakura-Period Buddhism

David Quinter, Department of Religious Studies, Stanford University

2 p.m., 501 Cathedral of Learning

December 2, 2005

Searching for a Needle in a Haystack: The Evidence for Jewish Persecution against Christians in the First Century

Rebecca Denova, Visiting Lecturer of Religious Studies, University of Pittsburgh

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning
Department of Religious Studies Brown Bag Lunch Colloquium

November 18, 2005

Idolatry and Theater after the English Reformation

Jennifer Waldron, Assistant Professor of English, University of Pittsburgh

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning
Department of Religious Studies Brown Bag Lunch Colloquium

October 28, 2005

Mircea Elide, the History of Religions, and the "Provincialization" of Europe

Irina Livezeanu, Associate Professor of History, University of Pittsburgh

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning
Department of Religious Studies Brown Bag Lunch Colloquium

September 30, 2005

Missionaries, Diplomats, Soldiers, and Peasants: Modern China in Religious and Government Archives

Rob Carbonneau, CP, Director of Passionist Historical Archives

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning
Department of Religious Studies Brown Bag Lunch Colloquium

April 15, 2005

Why Does Shiva Look Like the King? Reflections on the Nature of Royalty and Divinity in Cambodia

Eleanor Mannikka, Department of Art, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning
Department of Religious Studies Brown Bag Lunch Colloquium

April 8, 2005

The Unintended Anti-Semite

Amy Jill Levine, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies and Director of the Carpenter Program in Religion, Gender and Sexuality, Vanderbilt University

1 p.m., Lower Lounge, William Pitt Union
Cosponsored with the Program in Jewish Studies and University Honors College

April 1, 2005

Doubly Neglected: Women Monastics in Orthodox Christianity

Milica Bakić-Hayden, Instructor of Religious Studies, University of Pittsburgh

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning
Department of Religious Studies Brown Bag Lunch Colloquium

March 18, 2005

Jewish Statehood, the Cold War, and Jewish Loyalties: Ilya Ehrenburg and Alfred Lilienthal

Alexander Orbach, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, University of Pittsburgh

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning
Department of Religious Studies Brown Bag Lunch Colloquium

February 24, 2005

Medicine and Exorcism in Heian Buddhism

Michael Como, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, College of William and Mary

1:30 p.m., 501 Cathedral of Learning

February 21, 2005

Can a Princess be a Nun? The Buddhist Practice of Elite Women in Seventeenth-Century Japan

Gina Cogan, Postdoctoral Fellow, Fairbanks Center, Harvard University

1:30 p.m., 144 Cathedral of Learning

February 11, 2005

Queer Eye for the Jewish and Christian Guy

David Brodsky, Perlow Lecturer of Classical Judaism and Rebecca Denova, Visiting Lecturer of Religious Studies, University of Pittsburgh

Noon, University Honors College, Cathedral of Learning
Cosponsored with the University Honors College

February 7, 2005

Cosmology Today: Authority, Representation, and the Place of Tradition in Bhaktapur, Nepal

Gregory Grieve, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

1:30 p.m., 501 Cathedral of Learning

February 4, 2005

Wallace Stevens' "The Comedian as the Letter C" and the 100th Psalm

Richard Tobias, Professor Emeritus of English, University of Pittsburgh

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning
Department of Religious Studies Brown Bag Lunch Colloquium

January 21, 2005

Afro-Caribbean Missionaries in the Salvation Army, ca. 1900-1940

Lara Putnam, Assistant Professor of History, University of Pittsburgh

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning
Department of Religious Studies Brown Bag Lunch Colloquium

December 10, 2004

Dimensions of Contemporary Chinese Buddhism

Stuart Chandler, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning
Department of Religious Studies Brown Bag Lunch Colloquium

November 12, 2004

The Impacts of Christianity on Patterns of Community Formation in European History

Katherine Lynch, Professor of History, Carnegie Mellon University

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning
Department of Religious Studies Brown Bag Lunch Colloquium

November 2, 2004

Othering the Other: Polemic Images of Christianity and Islam in Medieval Kabbalah

Elliot Wolfson, Abraham Lieberman Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, New York University

4 p.m., Dining Room A, William Pitt Union
Cosponsored with the Program in Jewish Studies

October 29, 2004

God and Ockham's Razor: The Redundancy Argument against the Existence of God

Tony Edwards, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, University of Pittsburgh

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning
Department of Religious Studies Brown Bag Lunch Colloquium

October 15, 2004

Orality in the Dead Sea Scrolls

Angela Kim-Harkins, Assistant Professor of Theology, Duquesne University

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning
Department of Religious Studies Brown Bag Lunch Colloquium

September 10, 2004

Robert K. Merton and the Politics of Jewish Assimilation in Mid-20th-Century America: A Study in Intellectual History

Peter Simonson, Department of Communication, University of Pittsburgh

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning
Department of Religious Studies Brown Bag Lunch Colloquium

April 16, 2004

Hunting for the Virgin: Meat, Money, and Memory in Tetiz, Yucatán

Paul Eiss, Associate Professor of History, Carnegie Mellon University

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning
Department of Religious Studies Brown Bag Lunch Colloquium

March 26, 2004

On Hermeneutics and Polemics: The Debate over Stone and Vegetal Buddhas

Linda Penkower, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, University of Pittsburgh

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning
Department of Religious Studies Brown Bag Lunch Colloquium

February 13, 2004

Archive as a Sufi Genre? The Mecmua of Mulla Mustafa Basheski from Sarajevo

Snjezana Buzov, Visiting Lecturer of History, University of Pittsburgh

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning
Department of Religious Studies Brown Bag Lunch Colloquium

January 23, 2004

Sexuality and Spirituality in Medieval Christianity: Methodological Considerations

Bruce Venarde, Associate Professor of History, University of Pittsburgh

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning
Department of Religious Studies Brown Bag Lunch Colloquium

December 5, 2003

Ulysses as Musketeer: Reflections on Metaphor and the Reconfigured Self in Eastern Orthodox Conversion Narratives

Amy Slagle, Cooperative Doctoral Program in Religion, University of Pittsburgh

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning
Department of Religious Studies Brown Bag Lunch Colloquium

November 14, 2003

Paul and the Law: Applying Principles of Legal Interpretation

Peter de Vries, Cooperative Doctoral Program in Religion, University of Pittsburgh

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning
Department of Religious Studies Brown Bag Lunch Colloquium

October 24, 2003

Violence in the Name of Religion: A Bombay Case Study

Fred W. Clothey, Professor of Religious Studies, University of Pittsburgh

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning
Department of Religious Studies Brown Bag Lunch Colloquium

April 11, 2003

The Conversion of the Donmeh to Turkish Secular Nationalism

Marc Baer, Postdoctoral Fellow, University Center for International Studies, University of Pittsburgh

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning
Department of Religious Studies Brown Bag Lunch Colloquium

March 28, 2003

Scriptures, Canons, and Classics: Jewish Case Studies

Adam Shear, Assistant Professor Religious Studies, University of Pittsburgh

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning
Department of Religious Studies Brown Bag Lunch Colloquium

March 14, 2003

Walking the Labyrinth: Reflections on Ritual Action

Barbara Laishley, Cooperative Doctoral Program in Religion, University of Pittsburgh

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning
Department of Religious Studies Brown Bag Lunch Colloquium

February 14, 2003

Religious Commotions in the Scottish Diaspora: A Transatlantic Perspective on Presbyterian Evangelicalism

David Miller, Professor of History, Carnegie Mellon University

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning
Department of Religious Studies Brown Bag Lunch Colloquium

January 31, 2003

Sufism and Syncretism in Sultanate India: The "Chandayan" as a Model Text

Richard J. Cohen, Associate Director of Asian Studies, University of Pittsburgh

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning
Department of Religious Studies Brown Bag Lunch Colloquium

January 17, 2003

Lilith: A Woman of Consequence

Sandra Collins, Cooperative Doctoral Program in Religion, University of Pittsburgh

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning
Department of Religious Studies Brown Bag Lunch Colloquium

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