Religion Program Events

Thursday, March 30, 2017

God Behind Bars: The Rise of Faith-Based Prison Ministries in an Age of Mass Incarceration

Tanya Erzen
Associate Professor, University of Puget Sound
Director, Freedom Education Project Puget Sound

In prisons throughout the United States, punitive incarceration and religious revitalization are occurring simultaneously. Faith-based prison ministries operate under the logic that religious conversion and redemption will transform prisoners into new human beings. Why are Christian prison ministries on the rise amidst an increasingly punitive system of mass incarceration? How do people in prison practice religion in a space of coercion and discipline? What are theimplications of the state's promotion of Christianity over other religious traditions in some prisons? And, why have conservative Christians, particularly, embraced criminal justice reform?

Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Campus Center, Weis Cinema
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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Make it New:
New Possibilities for Classical Jewish Texts in Scholarship and Culture

This conference will consider the potential of traditional texts in cutting-edge higher education, scholarship, and cultural production by learning from novelists and literary critics engaged with Jewish sources in their work; considering new disciplinary lenses for shedding light on one classical Jewish text - the Talmud; and learning about the possibilities of Jewish studies in today's liberal arts.

Discussants will consider insights from anthropology, cultural studies, religious studies, and theater. Participants will include novelist Nicole Krauss (Man Walks into a Room; The History of Love; Great House) and poet and literary critic, Adam Kirsch (Columbia,The New Yorker, The York Review of Books).
Time: 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: TBD
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