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December 2017
News and Events

Contents


01) A Message from the Directors
02) January 25 | John Milton and the Syntax of Faith | Linda Gregerson
03) January 31 | Innocence and Violence: The Theology of a Gun Culture | Dominic Erdozain

04) February 2 | New Directions in Theology Grants Nomination Deadline
05) February 22 |  "Doing" Political Theology Today: Promises and Pitfalls | Ruth Marshall


All events are free and open to the public.
For more information, visit
bcsr.berkeley.edu.

 
01) A Message from the Directors
 

A Message from the Directors


As we wrap-up the semester, we want to take a moment to thank you for your support of BCSR. Whether you participated by attending a lecture, donating, or simply by reading our newsletters, we appreciate your connection to our program.

This fall was a very productive semester, with important events dedicated to ritual, Protestantism in the U.S., the senses and religion, and the study of Islam, in addition to compelling co-sponsored talks on democracy, the Iranian Revolution, and American philosophy, among others. We plan to ride this momentum through the spring, with upcoming highlights including scholar-poet Linda Gregerson on Milton and Leigh Eric Schmidt on atheism in the U.S. The Public Theology program will include talks on theology and gun culture (Dominic Erdozain); political theology (Ruth Marshall, University of Toronto); pantheism (Mary-Jane Rubenstein, Wesleyan) and religious politics (Robert Orsi, Northwestern), as well as our two-day workshop, Theology and Its Publics, scheduled for March 9-10. More details on these events will be included in upcoming announcements and newsletters, and are also available on the BCSR website.

We thank you again for your support, and look forward to seeing you in 2018.

Mark Csikszentmihalyi & Jonathan Sheehan
Co-Directors, The Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

02) January 25 | John Milton and the Syntax of Faith | Linda Gregerson

Berkeley Seminars in Art and Religion

John Milton and the Syntax of Faith

Linda Gregerson, Caroline Walker Bynum Distinguished University Professor of English Language and Literature, University of Michigan
Thursday, January 25, 5-7pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall, UC Berkeley


Lecture details forthcoming.

[Note: Gregerson will also be offering a poetry reading during her visit to Berkeley.]

A Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, Linda Gregerson is the Caroline Walker Bynum Distinguished University Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Michigan, where she teaches creative writing and Renaissance literature, and directs the Helen Zell Writers Program. She is the author of six books of poetry and two books of criticism, and the co-editor of one collection of scholarly essays. Gregerson’s poems have appeared in... (more)

Co-sponsored by the Katharine Bixby Hotchkis Chair in English and the James D. Hart Chair in English.


03) January 31 | Innocence and Violence: The Theology of a Gun Culture | Dominic Erdozain

Berkeley Public Theology Program

Innocence and Violence: The Theology of a Gun Culture

Dominic Erdozain, Freelance Writer
Wednesday, January 31, 5-7pm
3335 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley


Gun rights are typically identified with the Second Amendment – a legal, indeed constitutional, prerogative. This lecture argues that they are better understood as part of a culture and a belief system, centering on ideas of innocence and legitimate violence. I argue that this belief system is apparent in the contemporary gun culture’s confidence in the ‘law-abiding citizen’ as a stable and fixed category, and then I seek to explore its origins. The claim is that gun rights, while modern in form and intensity, rest upon older narratives of national righteousness and popular sovereignty... (more)

Co-sponsored by the Townsend Center for the Humanities, the Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies, and the History Department.

04) February 2 | New Directions in Theology Graduate Student Grants | Nomination Deadline

Berkeley Public Theology Program

New Directions in Theology Graduate Student Grants

Nomination Deadline
February 2, 2018


BCSR is pleased to announce a call for nominations for New Directions in Theology Graduate Student Grants. Up to four awards in the amount of $5,000 are designated for incoming graduate students in their first year of study in 2018-2019.
 
New Directions in Theology awards support promising incoming graduate students with high potential for interdisciplinary exchange in religious studies. Grantees participate as a cohort in biweekly meetings convened by BCSR faculty, receive intellectual guidance on research projects, and contribute to the building of a unified community of inquiry on the Berkeley campus in public theology.
 
The grant is provided by BCSR through the Public Theology Program, a three-year research initiative funded by the Henry Luce Foundation dedicated to charting new directions for the study of religion in the public university... (more)

 
05) February 22 |  "Doing" Political Theology Today: Promises and Pitfalls | Ruth Marshall

Berkeley Public Theology Program, Theology and the Public University

"Doing" Political Theology Today: Promises and Pitfalls
Ruth Marshall, Associate Professor of the Study of Religion and Political Science, University of Toronto
Thursday, February 22, 5-pm
3335 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley


Lecture details forthcoming.

Ruth Marshall received her DPhil in Politics from Oxford University, and joined both the Department for the Study of Religion and Political Science in 2008, after having spent 8 years living and researching in West Africa. She is the author of Political Spiritualities: The Pentecostal Revolution in Nigeria (U. Chicago Press, 2009) and numerous scholarly articles on the study of the political implications of Pentecostalism and postcolonial politics in West Africa.  Her research and teaching are interdisciplinary, drawing on critical theory, political science, political philosophy, study of religion, anthropology, African and postcolonial studies. In 2013-14 she was a Faculty Fellow at the Jackman Humanities Institute.


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