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Department of Religious Studies

Events

Brown Bag Lunch Colloquia Archive

Colloquium Series 2013-2014

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning

September 18, 2013

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

Ryan McDermott, Assistant Professor of English, 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

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

December 4, 2013

Augustine and the Platonists: Time, Soul, and Creation

Christina Hoenig, Assistant Professor of Classics, University of Pittsburgh

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

February 12, 2014

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

Daniel Burston, Associate Professor of Psychology, Duquesne University

March 19, 2014

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

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

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

Colloquium Series 2012-2013

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning

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

October 17, 2012

The Material Culture of Death in Japan

Karen Gerhart, Professor of History and Art and Architecture, 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

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

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

February 13, 2013

New Ideas in the Development of Science of Religion

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

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

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

Colloquium Series 2011-2012

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 21, 2012

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

Lina Insana, Associate Professor of Italian, University of Pittsburgh

April 11, 2012

Violence in the Bible

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

Colloquium Series 2010-2011

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning

September 22, 2010

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

Bogdan Bucur, Assistant Professor of Theology, Duquesne University

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

November 10, 2010

Politics of Iconoclasm in Contemporary India

Mina Rajagopalan, Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale University

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

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

March 16, 2011

Converts Come Home: Return Migration, Remittances, and Reciprocity

Joel Brady, PhD candidate, Cooperative Doctoral Program in Religion, 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

April 13, 2011

Excavations at Mount Nebo, Jordan: Remembered by Relics?

Margaret Judd, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh

Colloquium Series 2009-2010

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning

September 16, 2009

Would Hell be Unjust?

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

October 14, 2009

Is the "Problem of Evil" Still Broadly Relevant?

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

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

December 2, 2009

Transcendence and Religiously Feeling the State in Central Asia

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

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

February 17, 2010

Helena Valero's Yanomamo Captivity Narrative

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

April 7, 2010

Medieval Hebrew-French Wedding Songs: Expressions of Identity

Kirsten Fudeman, Assistant Professor of French, University of Pittsburgh

Colloquium Series 2008-2009

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning

September 17, 2008

Hannah Arendt on the Miracle of Losing and Retrieving Conscience

Alon Segev, Max Plank Fellow, University of Heidelberg

October 29, 2008

The Hermeneutic Revolution in Contemporary Islam

Mohammed Bamyeh, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Pittsburgh

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

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

February 11, 2009

Religion and Politics in China: Evidence from Survey Data

Wenfang Tang, Professor of Political Science, University of Pittsburgh

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

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

Colloquium Series 2007-2008

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Colloquium Series 2006-2007

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning

September 20, 2006

Gambaga: A Witch Sanctuary in the North of Ghana

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

October 18, 2006

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

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

November 8, 2006

Censorship and Civic Order in Reformation Germany

Allyson Creasman, Assistant Professor of History, Carnegie Mellon University

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

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

March 14, 2007

Tolerance as Hospitality: Pierre Bayle’s Commentaire Philosophique

Lucien Nouis, Assistant Professor of French, University of Pittsburgh

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

Colloquium Series Fall 2005

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning

September 30, 2005

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

Rob Carbonneau, CP, Director of Passionist Historical Archives

October 28, 2005

Mircea Elide, the History of Religions, and the “Provincialization” of Europe

Irina Livezeanu, Associate Professor of History, University of Pittsburgh

November 18, 2005

Idolatry and Theater after the English Reformation

Jennifer Waldron, Assistant Professor of English, University of Pittsburgh

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

Colloquium Series 2004-2005

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning

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

October 15, 2004

Orality in the Dead Sea Scrolls

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

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

November 12, 2004

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

Katherine Lynch, Professor of History, Carnegie Mellon University

December 10, 2004

Dimensions of Contemporary Chinese Buddhism

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

January 21, 2005

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

Lara Putnam, Assistant Professor of History, University of Pittsburgh

February 4, 2005

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

Richard Tobias, Professor Emeritus of English, University of Pittsburgh

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

April 1, 2005

Doubly Neglected: Women Monastics in Orthodox Christianity

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

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

Colloquium Series 2003-2004

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning

October 24, 2003

Violence in the Name of Religion: A Bombay Case Study

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

November 14, 2003

Paul and the Law: Applying Principles of Legal Interpretation

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

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

January 23, 2004

Sexuality and Spirituality in Medieval Christianity: Methodological Considerations

Bruce Venarde, Associate Professor of History, University of Pittsburgh

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

March 26, 2004

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

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

April 16, 2004

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

Paul Eiss, Associate Professor of History, Carnegie Mellon University

Colloquium Series Spring 2003

Noon, 2628 Cathedral of Learning

January 17, 2003

Lilith: A Woman of Consequence

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

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

February 14, 2003

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

David Miller, Professor of History, Carnegie Mellon University

March 14, 2003

Walking the Labyrinth: Reflections on Ritual Action

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

March 28, 2003

Scriptures, Canons, and Classics: Jewish Case Studies

Adam Shear, Assistant Professor Religious Studies, University of Pittsburgh

April 11, 2003

The Conversion of the Donmeh to Turkish Secular Nationalism

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

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