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.
“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.
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.
“The Worldwide Struggle: Religion and the International Roots of the Civil Rights Movement”, Sarah Azaransky, Assistant Prof. Christian Ethics, Union Theological Seminary, NYC; May 2 at 2 p.m., in Wilson 301 (based on her forthcoming book, by the same title, May 2017, Oxford). Sponsored by the Project on Lived Theology.
“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
Nau Hall #441
“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
“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
Monroe Hall 124
“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
Nau Hall, Room #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.
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
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."
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).
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
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.
Religious Studies professors Kurtis Schaeffer and Charles Mathewes taught an NEH seminar on religion this summer.
Talal Asad spoke about religion and media as the keynote lecturer for the Virginia Colloquium on Theology, Ethics, and Culture.
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.
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."
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.
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.