Events

    Book Talk: Faith in Numbers: Religion, Sectarianism, and Democracy

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    Harvard Kennedy School, Belfer Center—Online

    A seminar with Michael Hoffman, assistant professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, on his new book Faith in Numbers: Religion, Sectarianism, and Democracy from Oxford University Press.

    Why does religion sometimes increase support for democracy and sometimes do just the opposite? Faith in Numbers presents a theory of religion, group interest, and democracy. Focusing on communal religion, it demonstrates that the effect of communal prayer on support for democracy depends on the interests of the religious group in question. For members of...

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    Stories of Women from Jaina Island Maya Figurines

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    Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology—Online

    Maya female ceramic figurines from the island of Jaina in Campeche, Mexico, produced in the Late Classic Period (600–900 CE) are admired for their lifelike, poignant, and sometimes amusing characteristics. Long assumed to be elite women or moon goddesses, these figurines reveal a complexity of Maya social life, especially for women, that is rarely seen in other painted ceramics or monumental sculpture. They also offer insights into the culture of Jaina Island, including disturbing enslavement practices.

    Mary Miller will discuss various interpretations of Jaina figurines—...

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    Psychedelics: The Ancient Religion with No Name?

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    Harvard Divinity School—Online

    The most influential religious historian of the 20th century, Huston Smith, once referred to it as the "best-kept secret" in history. Did the ancient Greeks use drugs to find God? And did the earliest Christians inherit the same secret tradition? A profound knowledge of visionary plants, herbs, and fungi passed from one generation to the next, ever since the Stone Age? Join us for a discussion between CSWR Director Charles Stang and Brian Muraresku about his new book, The Immortality Key: The Secret History of the Religion with No Name, a groundbreaking dive into the role of psychedelics...

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    Author Discussion with Francis X. Clooney, S.J.: Reading the Hindu and Christian Classics: Why and How Deep Learning Still Matters

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    Online Event

    Please join us as Francis X. Clooney, S.J., HDS Parkman Professor of Divinity and Professor of Comparative Theology, discusses his recent publication, Reading the Hindu and Christian Classics: Why and How Deep Learning Still Matters.

    Jon D. Levenson (HDS) and Sarah Coakley (Australian Catholic University) will serve as respondents. 

    This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. 

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    Author Discussion: Black And Buddhist: What Buddhism Can Teach Us about Race, Resilience, Transformation, and Freedom

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    Online Event

    Buddhism is a way of life, a philosophy, a psychology,  a set of ethics, a religion, or a combination thereof. Central to the many ways Buddhism is understood is the achievement of emotional, mental, and psychological wellness. African Americans are at perpetual risk of psychological imbalance and trauma due to the social realities of racism in the United States. The authors engage the question, What can Buddhism offer African Americans who want to be emotionally resilient in a context they cannot...

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    Women Singing: The Regulation of Solo Female Vocals in Iran’s Hypermediated Public Sphere

    Location: 

    Harvard Divinity School—Online

    Nahid Siamdoust (Yale University), Visiting Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies and Anthropology of Religion, will give the lecture, “Women Singing: The Regulation of Solo Female Vocals in Iran’s Hypermediated Public Sphere."

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    Great Russian Jews: Solomon Mikhoels (1890–1948)

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    CGIS South Building, Room S010 (Tsai Auditorium), 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge

    This panel discussion with two leading Jewish cultural historians examines the remarkable contributions and tragic death of the great actor, theater director, playwright, visionary of Yiddish culture, and Jewish activist Solomon (Shloyme) Mikhoels (1890–1948).

    Born Shloyme Vovsi in Dvinsk (now Daugavpils, Latvia), the genius actor Mikhoels became the chief director of the State Jewish Theater in Moscow. During World War II, he served as chairman of the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee. Mikhoels’ assassination by Stalin’s secret police, although officially billed as an accident,...

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    Film: Earth

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    Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge

    Join us for a screening of Deepa Mehta’s Earth (1998; 110 min.), the third and final film in her acclaimed Elemental trilogy.... Read more about Film: Earth