Events

Buddhism in Film: A Fall Festival

Buddhism in Film: A Fall Festival




The Virginia Center for the Study of Religion and the Religious Studies department will host a Buddhism in Film Fall Festival in conjunction with the ongoing Buddhism in Film course offered by Professor and Department Chair Kurtis Schaeffer. Nine films about Buddhism or related to Buddhist topics will be shown on select Sundays in Clemons library. This event is open to the public, and snacks will be provided. Specific room numbers are listed alongside the films. Email religion@virginia.edu with questions.

April 2016

Apr 06
New Cabel Hall 236

Jalane D. Schmidt: Cachita's Streets: The Virgin of Charity, Race, and Revolution in Cuba

Jalane D. Schmidt: Cachita's Streets: The Virgin of Charity, Race, and Revolution in Cuba

Apr 06
New Cabel Hall 236


Jalane Schmidt gave a presenation based on her recent book, with responses from UVa professor Nichole Flores and Gustavo Pellón, director of the Foreign Language Project. 
Apr 07
Nau Hall 342

Anne Monius Lecture

Anne Monius Lecture

Apr 07
Nau Hall 342


Anne Monius of Harvard University, and former UVa professor, gave a talk entitled "Worshipping Lady Poetry with Her Flowing Hair: Toward a History of Jain Literary Practice in South Asia." This talk was sponsored by the Virginia Center for the Study of Religion and the South Asia Center of the University of Virginia.
Apr 11
Newcomb Hall 389

David Frankfurter Morning Seminar

David Frankfurter Morning Seminar

Apr 11
Newcomb Hall 389


David Frankfurter of Boston University was distinguished visitor for the Workshop on Religion and Society in Greco-Roman Antiquity. His seminar was entitled "Martyrology and the Prurient Gaze."

May 2016

May 05
Kaleidoscope Room, Newcomb Hall

Khenpo Tsultrim Lodro Dialogue

Khenpo Tsultrim Lodro Dialogue

May 05
Kaleidoscope Room, Newcomb Hall


The leader of the largest monastery in China (and possibly the world) engaged in a dialogue on Tibetan Buddhism and contemporary education with David Germano and Kurtis Schaeffer. They discussed the ideals and scope of higher education in the modern American university and in the modern Tibetan monastic institution.
May 06 | 5:30pm
Minor Hall

Talal Asad Lecture

Talal Asad Lecture

May 06 | 5:30pm
Minor Hall


Talal Asad spoke about religion and media as the keynote lecturer for the Virginia Colloquium on Theology, Ethics, and Culture.
May 31 to Jun 17 | 9:00am
University of Virginia

NEH Seminar on Problems of the Study of Religion

NEH Seminar on Problems of the Study of Religion

May 31 to Jun 17 | 9:00am
University of Virginia


Religious Studies professors Kurtis Schaeffer and Charles Mathewes welcomed 25 faculty and advanced graduate students from across the U.S. to their NEH Summer Institute for College and University Faculty on “Problems in the Study of Religion.” Over the course of three weeks, they explored the “enormously productive re-thinking of the idea of ‘religion’ that has happened in recent years.” Participants sought to develop a “richer and more nuanced understanding of the strengths and weaknesses, the opportunities and pitfalls, that come with using the category of ‘religion’ to understand highly diverse manifestations of human practice and belief within the United States and around the world today.”

September 2016

U. Cambridge Theology Professor Sarah Coakley Speaks at UVA

U. Cambridge Theology Professor Sarah Coakley Speaks at UVA




  In September, the James W. Richard Lecture Committee hosted Professor Sarah Coakley of the University of Cambridge for a series of three lectures entitled "Sacrifice: Defunct or Desired? A New Religious and Theological Analysis." Lectures began at 4:00 pm each day in NAU 101 in the South Lawn, followed by a catered reception.   Tuesday, September 20:  Return to Sacrifice?  Biblical and Historical Mandates for a Messy Metaphor Wednesday, September 21:  Repressing Sacrifice?  Freudian, Feminist and Cultural Critiques in the Modern Era Thursday, September 22:  Rescuing Sacrifice?  The Irreducible Significance of Sacrifice in a Théologie Totale.

October 2016

Oct 19 | 6:30 pm
NAU 441

UVA Alumna Suzanne Bessenger to Speak about Buddhist Women

UVA Alumna Suzanne Bessenger to Speak about Buddhist Women

Oct 19 | 6:30 pm
NAU 441


Please join us to hear UVa Alumna Suzanne Bessenger (Ph.D. Religion 2010) talk about her new book from Oxford University Press, Echoes of Enlightenment, which tells for the first time the story of a maverick female leader in medieval Tibet, Sonam Peldren.   When: Today, October 19th, 6:30 Where: Nau Hall 441.
Oct 24 | 12:00 pm
Nau 342

JCA Colloquium with Stephanie Cobb

JCA Colloquium with Stephanie Cobb

Oct 24 | 12:00 pm
Nau 342


A Workshop with Stephanie Cobb, the George and Sallie Cutchin Camp Professor of Bible at the Univeristy of Richmond, will lead a discussion centered on her most book project: Divine Deliverance: Pain and Painlessness in Early Christian Martyr Texts. Monday, October 24, 12:00-1:30, Nau 342    
Oct 28 | 10:00 am–12:00 pm / 2:30–4:30 pm
NAU 342

Luce Project on Religion and Its Publics Hosts Professor Elizabeth Bucar

Luce Project on Religion and Its Publics Hosts Professor Elizabeth Bucar

Oct 28 | 10:00 am–12:00 pm / 2:30–4:30 pm
NAU 342


  On Friday, October 28, the Luce Project on Religion and Its Publics, funded by the Henry Luce Foundation, will host Elizabeth Bucar, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Northeastern University, for a manuscript workshop on her current book project: Pious Fashion: The Gendered Politics of Muslim Women's Dress (see description below). The workshop will be held 10:00 am–12:00 pm and 2:30–4:30 pm in NAU 342; participants are invited to attend either or both sessions. FREE LUNCH with Professor Bucar: 12:30–2:30. All are welcome to lunch to meet and chat with Dr. Bucar. RSVP to relpublics@virginia.edu for a copy of the manuscript.   Pious Fashion: The Gendered Politics of Muslim Women's Dress As the recent controversy over the burkini in France has shown, various stake-holders attempt to dictate what Muslim women can and cannot wear. In Pious Fashion I argue Muslim women’s dress entails a complex and ongoing negotiation of these multiple authorities, which has much to tell us about the role of expertise, consumption, and virtue in the ethics of everyday life. This project draws on fieldwork in three locations—Tehran, Istanbul, and Yogyakarta—but has broad implications for how we understand visual culture as a source for ethical reflection, as well as the relationship between aesthetics and ethical critique.

November 2016

Nov 11 | 7:00 PM
NAU Hall 101

A Native American Perspective on the Book of Mormon

A Native American Perspective on the Book of Mormon

Nov 11 | 7:00 PM
NAU Hall 101


Elder Echo Hawk will speak on the nature and significance of the Book of Mormon from his personal perspective as a leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and member of the Pawnee Nation with a lifetime of professional and political experience representing the interests and rights of Native American Tribes and Nations. Nau Hall is located at 1550 Jefferson Park Avenue.

December 2016

Dec 05 | 12:00 pm
NAU 342

Judaism and Christianity in Antiquity Colloquium

Judaism and Christianity in Antiquity Colloquium

Dec 05 | 12:00 pm
NAU 342


Christine Luckritz Marquis, Assistant Professor of Church History at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, will present a paper titled "Failure and Forgetting: Ascetics, the Egyptian Desert, and the Serapeum."  
Dec 07 | 5:00 PM
NAU 101

Religion, America, and the Election

Religion, America, and the Election

Dec 07 | 5:00 PM
NAU 101


The Virginia Center for the Study of Religion (VCSR) is hosting a special event: six distinguished speakers will discuss the intersection of religion and politics, followed by an open discussion with questions from the audience. Wednesday December 7, 2016, 5-6:30 PM, Nau 101 This event will be live-streamed on the VCSR Facebook page here. Sam Adams, PhD, is a Professor of Religion at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA, an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church, and a regular blogger on the Huffington Post. Larycia Hawkins, PhD, is the Abd el-Kader Visiting Faculty Fellow at UVa’s Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture. She works on the Race, Faith, and Culture Project, and the Pluralism Project. Matthew Hedstrom, PhD, is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at UVa. His work is on issues of modernity, Protestantism, race, religion, psychology, spirituality, mass culture, religious liberalism, and more. Kathleen Flake, PhD, is a Professor of Mormon Studies in UVa’s Religious Studies department. She works on American religious history, law, pluralism, identity and power structures in religious communities. Tony Tian Ren Lin, PhD, is managing director of UVa’s Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture. He leads the Race, Faith, and Culture Project and is a principal investigator on the Vocation and Common Good Project. Geoffrey Skelley, MA, is the associate editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball, UVa’s Center for Politics’ nonpartisan newsletter on American campaigns and elections. As a political analyst, he has been quoted or cited in numerous publications, such as the New York Times, Politico, Newsweek, and Huffington Post.

January 2017

Jan 17 | 5:00 PM
NAU 342

Klaus-Dieter Mathes to Lecture at UVA

Klaus-Dieter Mathes to Lecture at UVA

Jan 17 | 5:00 PM
NAU 342


Klaus-Dieter Mathes will present on “A Fine Blend of Mahāmudrā and Madhyamaka: Maitrīpa’s Collection of Works on Non-conceptual Realization” at 5pm on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 in Nau 342. Professor Mathes is head of the Department of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies at the University of Vienna. This event is co-sponsored by the Center for South Asian Studies, the Virginia Center for the Study of Religion, and the Tibet Center.

February 2017

Feb 02 | 4:00 pm
NAU 342

Lecture by Gil Ben-Herut, "Religiously Egalitarian, Socially Conservative"

Lecture by Gil Ben-Herut, "Religiously Egalitarian, Socially Conservative"

Feb 02 | 4:00 pm
NAU 342


“Religiously Egalitarian, Socially Conservative: Rethinking the Social Ideals of Early Kannada Śivabhakti” Professor Gil Ben-Herut (Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies, University of South Florida) Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 4:00pm Nau Hall, Room #342 (sponsored by the Virginia Center for the Study of Religion (VCSR), the Department of Religious Studies, and the South Asia Center)  
Feb 10 | 1:30 p.m.
Dome Room, The Rotunda

Wendy Doniger to Give Lecture in the Rotunda

Wendy Doniger to Give Lecture in the Rotunda

Feb 10 | 1:30 p.m.
Dome Room, The Rotunda


Feb 17 | 3:15PM
Monroe Hall 124

Matthew Kapstein to Speak on Sanskrit in Tibet and China

Matthew Kapstein to Speak on Sanskrit in Tibet and China

Feb 17 | 3:15PM
Monroe Hall 124


“Other People's Philology: Uses of Sanskrit in Tibet and China, 15th–18th centuries.” Professor Matthew Kapstein (Directeur d'études, École Pratique des Hautes Études and Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies, University of Chicago) Friday, February 17th 3:15pm Monroe Hall 124 (ORGANIZED WITH THE TIBET CENTER AND THE EAST ASIAN STUDIES CENTER; sponsored by these institutions, along with the Virginia Center for the Study of Religion (VCSR) and the Department of Religious Studies)  
Feb 23 | 4:30PM
Wilson 402

Professor Nyasha Junior to Speak on Black Women and Biblical Interpretation

Professor Nyasha Junior to Speak on Black Women and Biblical Interpretation

Feb 23 | 4:30PM
Wilson 402


“Ain’t I a Womanist? Black Women and Biblical Interpretation” with Nyasha Junior   February 23, 4:30PM  Wilson 402 Professor Nyasha Junior, Temple University, Department of Religion Professor Junior’s book, An Introduction to Womanist Biblical Interpretation, will be available for purchase both before and after the lecture. Follow Professor Junior on social media.
Feb 28 | 2:00 p.m.
Wilson Hall 301

Larycia Hawkins Lecture on Martin Luther King, Jr.

Larycia Hawkins Lecture on Martin Luther King, Jr.

Feb 28 | 2:00 p.m.
Wilson Hall 301


Larycia Hawkins, Abd el-Kader Visiting Faculty Fellow at UVA's Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, will give a lecture entitled "The Mountaintop as the Valley of the Shadow: Martin Luther King,Jr. and Prophetic Visions from Below" at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 28th in Wilson Hall 301. This event is sponsored by the Project on Lived Theology.

March 2017

Mar 14 | 2:00 p.m.
Wilson Hall 301

“Do Guns Make Us Free? A Christian Critique”

“Do Guns Make Us Free? A Christian Critique”

Mar 14 | 2:00 p.m.
Wilson Hall 301


“Do Guns Make Us Free? A Christian Critique”, by Prof. Firmin DeBrabander, professor of philosophy, Maryland Institute College of Art; March 14 at 2 p.m. in Wilson Hall 301 (based on his recent book, Do Guns Make Us Free? Democracy and the Armed Society, John Hopkins University Press). Sponsored by the Project on Lived Theology.
Mar 15 | 4:00PM
NAU 211

Dan Hirshberg to Lecture at UVA

Dan Hirshberg to Lecture at UVA

Mar 15 | 4:00PM
NAU 211


Dan Hirshberg will speak on “Himalayan Syncretism and the Emergence of Padmasambhava as Rdo rje gro lod” on March 15th at 4pm in NAU 211. He is Assistant Professor of Religion and Director of the Contemplative Studies Program at the University of Mary Washington. This event is co-sponsored by the East Asia Center and the Tibet Center.
Mar 20 | 12:00–1:00
Gibson 441

JCA Colloquium with Erin Galgay Walsh

JCA Colloquium with Erin Galgay Walsh

Mar 20 | 12:00–1:00
Gibson 441


Erin Galgay Walsh, Doctoral Candidate, Duke University Monday, March 20, 12:00-1:00, Gibson 441 Title: TBA
Mar 30 | 4:00 p.m.
NAU 441

Dr. Luther Obrock to Speak at UVA

Dr. Luther Obrock to Speak at UVA

Mar 30 | 4:00 p.m.
NAU 441


“Sanskrit Masnavis and Shaiva Sufism: Translating Jami's Yusuf wa Zulaikha in Sultanate Kashmir” Dr. Luther Obrock (Lecturer in Sanskrit, Department of South Asia Studies, University of Pennsylvania) Thursday, March 30th at 4:00pm in Nau Hall #441 (sponsored by the Virginia Center for the Study of Religion (VCSR), the Department of Religious Studies, and the South Asia Center)  

April 2017

Apr 03 | 4:00–5:30 p.m.
Wilson 301

Lecture on Islamic Contemplative Practice in the Context of Sufism

Lecture on Islamic Contemplative Practice in the Context of Sufism

Apr 03 | 4:00–5:30 p.m.
Wilson 301


Prof. Maria Massi Dakake (George Mason University) will deliver a lecture on Islamic contemplative practice in the context of Sufism, entitled “Encountering the Divine through His Most Beautiful Names.” The Qur’an asserts that “to God belong the most beautiful names” and that believers should “call Him by them.” Muslims have traditionally identified 99 names or attributes of God mentioned in the Qur’an that reflect God’s transcendence and immanence, His beauty and majesty, His compassion and power. The Qur’anic command to call God by His “beautiful names” has led to the development of these names, and various practices of invoking them, as keys to contemplative practice (dhikr) in Islam, and particularly in the mystical perspective of Sufism. This talk will examine contemplative practices related to the names of God in traditional Islamic thought.

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