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August / September 2015 
News and Events

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01) BCSR's 2015-16 Season of Lectures and Events
02) August 27 | Puritans and Prophecy: Cotton Mather and the Biblia Americana | Jan Stievermann
03) August 27 - June 24 | Exhibit | Living by The Book: The Jewish Bible and the Everyday Power of Text


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

 
01) BCSR's 2015-16 Season of Lectures and Events

BCSR is pleased to announce its 2015-16 program of public lectures and events. Scholars and artists from a wide range of backgrounds will address diverse topics in religion, from the lives of cloistered nuns in New Jersey, to fifteenth-century Persian painting, to the role of Christians in the articulation of religious identity in the Mongol Empire. The annual Berkeley Lecture on Religious Tolerance brings Professor Veena Das to explore the boundaries of the self and the tameness of the concept of religious tolerance.  A new series, Theology and East Asian Traditions, presents a lecture by Vincent Goossaert on the history of the Chinese divine bureaucracy, followed by a two-day workshop on the reception of European categories in East Asia.
 
All events are free and open to the public. For a complete listing of events, please visit
bcsr.berkeley.edu

 
02) August 27 | Puritans and Prophecy: Cotton Mather and the Biblia Americana | Jan Stievermann
 

Puritans and Prophecy: Cotton Mather and the Biblia Americana | Jan Stievermann

Jan Stievermann, Professor of the History of Christianity in North America, University of Heidelberg
Thursday, August 27, 4-6 pm
3335 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley


Jan Stievermann discusses his work transcribing and editing Cotton Mather’s hitherto unpublished Biblia Americana, the first comprehensive Bible commentary produced in British North America.
 
Presented by the Department of History with support from Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion.


Image courtesy of The Mather Project.


 
03) August 27 - June 24 | Exhibit | Living by The Book: The Jewish Bible and the Everyday Power of Text
 

Living by The Book: The Jewish Bible and the Everyday Power of Text

Exhibit on view Thursday, August 27, 2015 - Friday, June 24, 2016
Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 9, 5 pm
The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life
2121 Allston Way, Berkeley

The Bible is a constant in Jewish life, in all the varied forms it has taken around the world and across history.  Biblical texts stand at the center of the Jewish experience – Jews keep biblical time, cultivate biblical bodies, and build and imagine biblical spaces.  Living by The Book brings together scrolls, ritual objects, clothing, furniture, and tourist memorabilia from The Magnes Collection that express culture inbiblical terms with remarkable diversity and creativity, showcasing the ways text can serve as an archive of possibilities and a powerful platform for shaping everyday life. 
 
Presented by The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life.  Co-sponsored by Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion, the Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program, and Digital Humanities at Berkeley.


Image: Jonah and the Whale in Haifa Port. Courtesy of the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life.
 
By connecting scholars, students, and the global community, the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion (BCSR) fosters critical and creative scholarship on religion and activates this scholarship for students and the public at large.

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