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September 2014
News and Events


01) BCSR’s 2014-2015 Season of Programs
02) Visiting Scholar Damon Mayrl Joins BCSR | September 2014
03) Graduate Student Event Grant Applications Due | September 8

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01) BCSR’s 2014-2015 Season of Programs
BCSR is pleased to announce its 2014-15 program of public lectures, panels, and colloquia. Scholars from across the United States will address diverse topics in religion, from Langston Hughes and African American religious traditions, to sexual liberation and secularism, to the rise of Catholicism in China in the 19th and 20th centuries. The annual Berkeley Lecture on Religious Tolerance brings Professor Winnifred Sullivan to talk about the Supreme Court and questions of religious freedom.
The upcoming season also adds the Berkeley Seminars in Art and Religion, a new series that invites scholars, professionals, and practitioners in architecture, design, film, literature, music, performance, and visual art to present their work and ideas. The Seminars offer audiences an opportunity to explore and engage with a rich and extensive body of creative work on topics in religion, past and present. Featured speakers include poet Fanny Howe, novelist Marilynne Robinson, Bay Area architectural scholar William Littmann, and visual artist Saya Woolfalk with San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum curator Jeff Durham.
All events are free and open to the public.
Berkeley Public Forum on Religion
Sex and Secularism
Janet Jakobsen, Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Barnard College
Thursday, September 11, 2014, 5-7 pm
The Catholic Invasion of China, 1841-2000
David Mungello, History, Baylor University
Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 5-7 pm
Transactional Reality and the Regimes of Truth
Sara McClintock, Tibetan and Indian Buddhism,
Emory University
Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 5-7 pm
Concerning “Goodbye, Christ”: Langston Hughes, Political Poetry, and African American Religion
Wallace Best, Religion and African American Studies, Princeton University
Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 5-7 pm
Mediating Piety
Webb Keane, Anthropology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Thursday, April 2, 2015, 5-7pm
All Forum lectures take place in the Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall, UC Berkeley

Berkeley Lecture on Religious Tolerance

Tolerating the Church: Exploring the US Supreme Court’s Ecclesiology
Winnifred Sullivan, Religious Studies and Law,
Indiana University
Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 5-7 pm
Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall
Proving Religion: What Evidence is Relevant?
Colloquium with Winnifred Sullivan
Thursday, October 16, 4-6 pm
3401 Dwinelle Hall
 Berkeley Seminars in Art and Religion

Visualizing Consciousness: Hybrids, Fractals,
and Ritual

Jeff Durham, Assistant Curator of Himalayan Art, Asian Art Museum
Saya Woolfalk, Visual Artist
Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 5-7pm
370 Dwinelle Hall
The Question of Audience
Marilynne Robinson, Novelist
Monday, November 3, 2014
Lecture: 1-3 pm; Roundtable: 5:30-7 pm
Sibley Auditorium
Blueprint for a Modern Faith: 20th-C Experiments in Bay Area Religious Architecture
William Littmann, Architecture and Visual Studies, California College of the Arts
Thursday, February 5, 2015, 5-7pm
370 Dwinelle Hall
Brigid of Murroe
Fanny Howe, Poet, Essayist, Novelist
Thursday, April 9, 2015, 5-7 pm
370 Dwinelle Hall

02) Visiting Scholar Damon Mayrl Joins BCSR | September 2014

 BCSR welcomes Visiting Scholar and Professor Damon Mayrl, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Prof. Mayrl's research interests are in comparative secularization, religion and politics, historical methods, and public policy. His first book, Secular Conversions (forthcoming, Cambridge University Press) examines how political and institutional factors have contributed to the development of distinct patterns of secularization in Australian and American education since 1800. During his residence, Mayrl will lay the groundwork for a new project examining how religion has shaped the development of public policy around end-of-life care. He will be on the Berkeley campus from September 2014 through May 2015.
03) Graduate Student Event Grant Applications Due | September 8
BCSR’s Graduate Student Event Grants support innovative proposals for graduate student-led lectures, seminars, and conferences for public and campus audiences. Awards range from $250 to $500 for a lecture, and up to $1000 for a conference. UC Berkeley graduate students organizing events for Fall 2014 are invited to apply by the next application deadline of Monday, September 8 (4 pm). For more information on the application requirements and additional deadlines, visit

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