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May 2018
News and Events

EVENTS
  • Building Bridges in Interfaith Communities: Sacrifice & Mercy | May 17-18
NEWS
  • Intellectually Diverse New Directions Cohort to Join the BCSR Community
  • Jordan, Lebanon, New York, D.C., Madrid, Florence: BCSR Summer Grant Winners Take Their Research on the Road 
Events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit bcsr.berkeley.edu

Sacred Texts, Public Talks

Building Bridges in Interfaith Communities: Sacrifice & Mercy 

Thursday, May 17 & Friday, May 18, 7-9 pm
American Baptist Seminary of the West Chapel
2606 Dwight Way, Berkeley, California

These events are part of the Berkeley Public Theology Program series Sacred Texts, Public Talks. These meetings bring together diverse scholars to discuss key religious issues in a public setting. They are co-hosted with area organizations, and take place off the Berkeley campus. Their aim is to unsettle both sacred and secular commonplaces, and to energize public engagement, sympathetic and critical, with the claims of religion.

Building Bridges in Interfaith Communities I: Sacrifice (May 17)

Jewish Scholar:

  • Deena Aranoff, Director of the Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies, Graduate Theological Union (GTU); Senior Lecturer in Medieval Jewish Studies, GTU.

Muslim Scholar:

  • Mahjabeen Dhala, Center for Islamic Studies Office Manager & Program Coordinator, GTU; PhD student, Center for Islamic Studies, GTU.

Hindu Scholar:

  • Rita Sherma, Director of the Center for Dharma Studies, GTU; Associate Professor of Dharma Studies, GTU.

Repondent:

  • Jonathan Sheehan, Director of the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion (BCSR), University of California, Berkeley; Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley

Information on Building Bridges in Interfaith Communities II: Mercy (May 18) is available here.

Berkeley Public Theology Program

Intellectually Diverse New Directions Cohort to Join the BCSR Community


BCSR faculty will mentor an intellectually diverse set of New Directions in Theology grant winners in 2018-2019. Representing eight disciplines, with interests ranging from antiquity to the present, the incoming New Directions students will regularly meet with BCSR faculty to discuss contemporary religious research and to refine their academic projects. The New Directions in Theology grants, part of the Berkeley Public Theology Program, support such work with  $5000 in supplemental funding for these promising first- and second-year Ph.D. students.

With this most recent cohort, BCSR, with the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation, will have cumulatively invested $120,000 and significant faculty mentorship in 24 young scholars of religion since the start of the New Directions initiative in 2016.

The incoming New Directions students, and their respective fields, are... (more)

BCSR Summer Research Grants

Jordan, Lebanon, New York, D.C., Madrid, Florence: BCSR Summer Grant Winners Take Their Research on the Road


BCSR funding will support four graduate students’ research travel this summer. Grants of $1500-$3500, provided with the support of the Frank and Leslie Yeary Endowment for Ethics in the Humanities, will help students from the departments of Anthropology, Near Eastern Studies, and History to conduct fieldwork and archival research in the Middle East, Europe, and the U.S. The grant winners’ projects explore, respectively, aspects of Islamic humanitarianism, Islamic theories of subjectivity, right-wing Catholicism in South America and Europe, and emigrant Coptic communities in the U.S. Detailed descriptions of these projects are...(more)
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