Religion Program Events

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Rob DeCaroli (Religion Lecture)



Location: TBA
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Thursday, October 24, 2019

Jacob Neusner Memorial Lecture in Jewish and Religious Studies


Thursday, October 24th at 4:45pm in Olin 102

"The Biblical Book of Samuel and the Birth of Politics: Two Faces of Political Violence"
The Book of Samuel is universally acknowledged as one of the supreme achievements of biblical literature. Yet the book's anonymous author was more than an inspired storyteller. The author was also an uncannily astute observer of political life and the moral compromises and contradictions that the struggle for power inevitably entails. The lecture will explore the ways in which the book of Samuel understands political violence political violence unleashed by the sovereign on his own subjects as it is rooted in the paranoia of the isolated ruler and the deniability fostered by hierarchical action through proxies.


Sunday, October 27th at 7PM
The Sixth Street Community Synagogue
325 E. Sixth Street
New York, NY

"Confronting Loss: The Meaning and Experience of Mourning form the Talmud to Maimonides"
The experience of loss and mourning is a painful and ultimately inescapable feature of human life. Jewish law established practices of mourning that prescribe a rather detailed structure of the mourner’s conduct as well as the response of the community to the mourner and its obligation to provide consolation. Maimonides codified this body of regulations in his great code of Jewish Law, the Mishneh Torah, in the section titled “The Laws of Mourning.” This lecture will focus on the attempt to understand the meaning and practice of mourning in the Talmudic tradition and in Maimonides’ thought. It will explore the relationship of the concept of mourning in the Jewish tradition to other understandings of the dynamics of mourning such as Freud’s seminal essay “Mourning and Melancholia.
Location: at 4:45pm in Olin 102 & Sunday, October 27th at 7PM at The Sixth Street Community Synagogue
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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Israel’s Occupation at 50: Territory and Demography in the West Bank
 


Yinon Cohen is Yosef H. Yerushalmi Professor of Israeli and Jewish Studies in the department of sociology at Columbia University.  Before moving to Columbia in 2007, he was a professor of sociology and labor studies at Tel Aviv University. His research focuses on labor markets, social demography, ethnic inequality, and immigration. His most recent publications are on Israel’s territorial and demographic politics (Public Culture, 2018), Ashkenazi-Mizrahi education gap among third-generation Israelis (Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, 2018), and rising inequality in fringe benefits in the US (Sociological Science 2018).
 
Time: 4:45 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: Olin, Room 102
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Past Events

              

2012

  Friday, December 7, 2012 – Saturday, December 15, 2012

Hanukkah Celebrations Each Night!

All over campus!  7:00 am – 11:00 pm
Each night of Hanukkah we will celebrate in a different location, with each night being sponsored by a different part of the Bard community. Each night will feature candle-lighting plus something special. ALL ARE INVITED!

Sat. Dec. 8, 8 pm JSO latke and doughnut bash, Beit Shalom Salaam (Basement of Village A)

Sun. Dec. 9, 6:00 pm at Festival of Lights, Bard Chapel

Mon. Dec. 10, 6:30 pm, Kosher-Halal Neighborhood (Village K)

Tues. Dec. 11, 6:00 pm, 1st floor of Village C, latkes prepared by the Associate Dean of Students

Wed. Dec. 12, 5:30 pm sponsored by Julie Silverstein/Student Activities at the Campus Center Room 214

Thurs. Dec. 13, 4:30pm at the Hannah Arendt Center. We'll light candles, cook together and then eat and talk about Arendt and Hanukkah.

Fri. Dec. 14, 3:45 pm, sponsored by Leon Botsein at the President’s home

Sat. Dec. 15, 8 pm sponsored by J Street U at Beit Shalom-Salaam (Basement of Village A)

Sponsored by: Jewish Life
Contact: David Nelson  201-956-8228  nelson@bard.edu
  Friday, December 7, 2012

Eight Great Nights of Hanukkah!

All over campus!  6:00 am – 10:00 pm
Each night of Hanukkah we will celebrate in a different location, with each night being sponsored by a different part of the Bard community. Each night will feature candle-lighting plus something special. ALL ARE INVITED!

Sat. Dec. 8, 8 pm JSO latke and doughnut bash, Beit Shalom Salaam (Basement of Village A)

Sun. Dec. 9, 6:00 pm at Festival of Lights, Bard Chapel

Mon. Dec. 10, 6:30 pm, Kosher-Halal Neighborhood (Village K)

Tues. Dec. 11, 6:00 pm, 1st floor of Village C, latkes prepared by the Associate Dean of Students

Wed. Dec. 12, 5:30 pm sponsored by Julie Silverstein/Student Activities at the Campus Center Room 214

Thurs. Dec. 13, 4:30pm at the Hannah Arendt Center: We'll light candles, cook together and then eat and talk about Arendt and Hanukkah.

Fri. Dec. 14, 3:45 pm, sponsored by Leon Botsein at the President’s home

Sat. Dec. 15, 8 pm sponsored by J Street U at Beit Shalom-Salaam (Basement of Village A)

Contact: David Nelson  201-956-8228  nelson@bard.edu
  Monday, November 26, 2012

Divine and Popular Sovereignty in Islamic Political Thought after the Arab Spring

Olin 102  5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Andrew March
Associate Professor of Political Science, Yale University

Since the 2011 revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt, political life in those countries has been dominated by so-called "moderate Islamist" parties. These parties proclaim the acceptance of constitutional democracy and political power-sharing, while at the same time endorsing shari'a law as the ultimate source of legitimate power in a Muslim country. This talk approaches the paradox of Islamic democracy through the lens of the concept of sovereignty in contemporary Islamic political theology. What does it mean to hold that both God and the people can be said to be "sovereign" and what unresolved paradoxes remain at the level of theory?



Sponsored by: Center for Civic Engagement; Middle Eastern Studies Program; Political Studies Program; Religion Program
Contact: Mairaj Syed  845-758-7382  msyed@bard.edu
  Friday, November 16, 2012

Buddhism and Food Culture in Korea

Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium  1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Seonjae Sunim
Renown South Korean Buddhist nun, scholar, and master chef Seonjae Sunim comes to Bard College to share her philosophy of dietary and spiritual well-being. Considered an icon in Korean temple cuisine, Seonjae will share her experience as an advocate of a return to locally-informed traditional Korean food culture and environmentally-conscious cooking. She may even share a recipe for kimch’i made of vegetables grown in the Hudson Valley.
Sponsored by: Anthropology Program; Asian Studies Program; Bard Center for Environmental Policy; Environmental and Urban Studies Program; Political Studies Program; Religion Program
Contact: Ken Haig  845-758-6051  khaig@bard.edu
Tuesday, October 2, 2012

"Between God and Green: How Evangelicals Are Cultivating a Middle Ground on Climate Change"

Reem-Kayden Center Room 102  Katharine K. Wilkinson, DPhil

How Evangelicals Are Cultivating a MIddle Ground on Climate Change


Sponsored by: Environmental and Urban Studies Program; Experimental Humanities Program; Religion Program
Contact: mwilliam@bard.edu