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Dialogue Circle 2 Flyer

Get ready to discuss……

“When you imagine a future for academic and student religious experience at Brandeis, what do you envision?”

November 14
12:30-1:30
Upper Usdan

Facilitated by: Professor Wendy Cadge and hosted by the Religious Studies UDRs

Marcia Falk

The Book of Blessings and The Days Between

Feminist Prayer Books for Our Times

Author Talk, Q&A and Book Signing with Marcia Falk
November 6, 2017, 7:30-9:00 PM
International Lounge
Usdan Student Center
Brandeis University

Free and open to the public. Light refreshments. Books will be available for purchase.

Wheelchair accessible.

Join us to celebrate the release of the 20th anniversary edition of Marcia Falk's The Book of Blessings: New Jewish Prayers for Daily Life, the Sabbath, and the New Moon Festival (Central Conference of American Rabbis), with Marcia Falk herself! Dr. Falk will also read from her recent book, The Days Between: Blessings, Poems, and Directions of the Heart for the Jewish High Holiday Season (Brandeis University Press, The Hadassah-Brandeis Institute Series on Jewish Women).

The Central Conference of American Rabbis is delighted to bring Marcia Falk's groundbreaking book of creative liturgy back into print. With new essays by scholars Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell, Rabbi Naamah Kelman, Rabbi Dalia Marx, and Rabbi David Ellenson, this volume will inspire a new generation and re-ignite those who encountered this innovative collection when it was first published in 1996.

Cosponsored by the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, and the Brandeis University Program in Religious Studies

Dialogue Circle 1 Flyer

Get ready to discuss……

“Religion at Brandeis: Welcoming or Alienating?”

October 31
12:30-1:30
Upper Usdan

Facilitated by: Professor Wendy Cadge and hosted by the Religious Studies UDRs

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Humanistic Buddhism

Venerable Jue Qian Shi
Thursday, April 27
Schwartz Hall 112
2:00-3:20

Venerable Jue Qian Shi is the Director of Fo Guang Buddhist Temple Boston.  She has served in Fo Guang Shan Temple of Toronto as the advising Venerable of Localization of Buddhism division, Public Relation division and Fo Guang Shan Young Adult division and is also the advising Venerable of Waterloo Buddha's Light Center.

Venerable Jue Qian Shi was ordained as a nun in Taiwan, Fo Guang Shan Temple.  She has obtained a Master Degree in Business from Victoria University of Technology (Australia) and a Bachelor Degree and a Master Degree in Chinese Buddhism by Fo Guang Shan, Tsung Lin University.

As a member of Hsi Lai Temple, she teaches the Sunday English Buddhism Class.   In Toronto, she conducts English and Chinese Buddhism Dharma and Meditation workshops in temples, prisons, hospitals, high schools, colleges, universities and various interfaith conferences.

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Virginia Raguin
Professor of Art History , College of the Holy Cross

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
3:30-4:50
Mandel Center for the Humanities G10

Please join us for a talk on the technology of stained glass and the use and meaning of its imagery in the context of some of Europe's great medieval cathedrals.

Co-sponsored by the Program in Religious Studies

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Want to Know More about the Religious Studies Program?
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
1:30-3:30
Upper Usdan

Are you a NEJS or IMES major? Do you take East Asian Studies and South Asian Studies courses? You might already be on your way to becoming a Religious Studies Minor! Do you have questions about becoming a Religious Studies minor? Would you like to potentially major in Religious Studies?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, come speak to PRS UDR, Gabi Hersch in Upper Usdan from 1:30pm-3:30pm on Wednesday, April 5th!

Snacks will be provided!
Muslim Prayer Flyer

Meet the Muslims:
An Introduction to the Muslim Prayer Space

Thursday, March 30
7:30 PM
Muslim Student Association Suite in Usdan

Join Common Ground, Brandeis' Jewish-Muslim Dialogue group, for tea, biscuits, and dialogue in the Muslim Student Association Suite in Usdan.

Co-sponsored by the Program in Religious Studies

Kathleen Corley Poster

How Women Invented Christianity
Kathleen E. Corley, Ph.D.

Monday, March 20
3:30-4:50
Lown 315

Kathleen E. Corley is a Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, where she teaches New Testament, Christianity, Gnosticism, and Women in Religion. Her publications include Private Women, Public Meals (1993); Women and the Historical Jesus (2002); Jesus and Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ (2004); and Maranatha: Women's Funerary Traditions and Christian Origins (2010). 

Her new work and lecture, “How Women Invented Christianity”, involves the role of women in the creation of nascent Christianity through funerary meals for the dead Jesus, visions of him in the context of their great grief, and story telling about his life, and especially his Passion or death.

Co-sponsors:
Near Eastern and Judaic Studies with support from the Martin Weiner Fund

Killian and Eaton Poster

Come and See: The Call to Sacred Relationships
Grace Killian

Faith, Leadership, and Chronic Homelessness
Rev. Mary Jane Eaton


Monday, March 13
3:30-4:50
Lown 315

Grace Killian '13, will speak about changing understandings of Christian missions, especially in relation to her time serving as a Global Mission Fellow in Israel, Palestine and Jordan.  Killian is a former Global Mission Fellow with United Methodist Global Ministries and currently pursuing a dual degree with a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School and an MA in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.

Rev. Mary Jane Eaton, '96, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ),will share how the church can become a tool for overcoming systemic disempowerment, bridging the gap between the housed and the unhoused, and holding hope in a broken world.  Eaton serves as Associate Minister at Common Cathedral, www.commoncathedral.org, an outdoor church in Boston for people experiencing chronic homelessness.

Sponsors: Robert and Myra Kraft and Jacob Hiatt Fund, Program in Religious Studies

Co-sponsor:  Hiatt Career Center

Religious and Cultural Perspectives on Immigration in the United States Poster

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Religious and Cultural Perspectives on Immigration in the United States -- A Panel Event
Thursday, March 9
3:30 - 5:30
Mandel Atrium

Panelists will discuss how the histories of religious/cultural groups combined with religious teachings may influence the perspectives of said group on immigration policy in the United States. Are people in America inclined to help immigrants because of their own history of discrimination? Are people worried about how the changing American demographic will impact their group identity? These are some of the types of questions we hope to discuss, especially in light of the recent proposed travel ban.

Through this event, we aspire to engage both Brandeis faculty and students (graduate and undergraduate) across the spectrum of the liberal arts in this crucial current events topic. The purpose of this panel is to educate, initiate dialogue, and inspire action. We want to make it clear that the panelist are speaking from their own knowledge (through scholarship or experiences), and they are not speaking on behalf of everyone in said religious/cultural group.

Panelists:
Bernadette Brooten
Myra and Robert Kraft and Jacob Hiatt Professor of Christian Studies
(Catholic and Protestant history and response)

Xing Hang
Assistant Professor of History (Chinese history and response)

Marci McPhee
Director of Campus Programs, International Center for Ethics,
Justice and Public Life (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) history and response, and working with immigrants in Waltham)

Maryam Sharrieff
Brandeis Interim Muslim Chaplain (Muslim history and response)

Mitra Shavarini
Lecturer, Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies
(Iranian history and response)

Ellen Smith
Associate Professor of the Practice and Director of the
Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program
(Jewish history and response)

Moderator:
Kristen Lucken
Lecturer, International & Global Studies, Religious Studies and Sociology

Panel Bios [PDF]

Hosted by the Program in Religious Studies (PRS)

Co-Sponsors:

Brandeis Immigration Education Initiative (BIEI)
Brandeis Pluralism Alliance (BPA)
Common Ground (Muslim-Jewish Dialogue Group)
Heller Program in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence (COEX)
The Hornstein Program for Jewish Professional Leadership
Intercultural Center
The International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life
Student Association for TRII

Rene Bloch Poster

Show and Tell: Myth, Tourism, and Jewish Hellenism

René Bloch
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
5:00-6:30
Lown 315

In Greco-Roman antiquity Jews had their own displays where visitors could see and admire objects from mythical times. Very much like pagan culture, Jewish Hellenism, too, developed a tourism of sorts at sights of miracle and wonder.

Professor René Bloch is Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Bern (Switzerland), where he holds a joint appointment in the Institute of Jewish Studies and the Institute of Classics. Bloch currently serves as a Harry Starr Fellow in Judaica at Harvard University.

Sponsors: The Kraft-Hiatt Fund and Program in Religious Studies
Co-sponsor:  The Classics Department

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The Practice of Zen Meditation

Dokurō Roland Jaeckel
Thursday, March 2
2:00 - 3:20 pm
Schwartz Hall 112

Dokurō served for a number of years as the Buddhist Chaplain at Boston University and is currently a Buddhist Chaplain at Harvard University. From 2004 until 2011 he led the Zazen-kai at the Cambridge Buddhist Association (CBA) and served as the last Abbot of the CBA. Dokurō is a member of the American Zen Teachers Association, a peer organization of Zen teachers of various lineages.


R.L. Green Flyer

Racial Regimes: Catholic Theology and Indigenous America

R. L. Green, Ph.D.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
3:30–4:50
Lown 315

This talk examines how Euro-Catholic thinkers sought to justify the extirpation of Indigenous religious traditions in colonial North America. In doing so, the Catholic Church’s relationship with empire will be sketched out as we try to understand how and why modern Catholicism seems to be still invested in “saving” Indigenous peoples from their own traditions.

Professor R.L. Green, College of the Holy Cross, specializes in religion in the Americas. He writes and teaches about race, Catholicism, and Indigenous religious history.

Sponsored by the Kraft-Hiatt Fund and the Program in Religious Studies. Co-sponsored by the History Department and the Latin American and Latino Studies Program.

The Justice Article


Davis Lecture Flyer

Who are the “Evangelicals” in America: What Do They Believe, and How Are They Misunderstood?  Unity and Diversity within Conservative Protestant Christianity

John Jefferson Davis
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
3:30-4:50
Lown 302

Davis, since 1975 Professor of Systematic Theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, a leading evangelical seminary, will address identity, belief, and diversity within the largest sector of Protestant Christianity in America, and will attempt to clarify common misunderstandings.  He will share his own faith journey and personal reflections on current internal discussions about race, gender, and politics since the recent presidential election.

Prof. Davis chairs the Division of Christian Thought at Gordon-Conwell.   His books include Foundations of Evangelical Theology; Meditation and Communion with God; Worship and the Reality of God; and Frontiers of Science and Faith: From the Big Bang to the End of the Universe.   He currently researches the intersections between Christian theology and world religions, and Christian faith and modern science.

Sponsored by the Kraft-Hiatt Fund and the Program in Religious Studies. Co-Sponsored by the Brandeis Chaplaincy.


Arranged Film Flyer

Film Night: "Arranged"
Thursday, December 1, 2016
7:30 -9:00 pm
Lown 315

Religious Studies, Near Eastern and Judaic Studies (NEJS), and Islamic and Middle Eastern studies (IMES) are hosting Film Night! Pizza will be served and the movie shown will be "Arranged." This film centers on two young women — one an Orthodox Jew, the other a devout Muslim — who meet and become friends as first-year teachers at a public school in Brooklyn. Over the course of the year they learn that they share much in common, not least of which is that they are both going through arranged marriages. Come out to see the movie and eat free pizza!


Rosalyn LaPier Poster

What Makes a Place a “Sacred Place”?

Friday, November 4, 2016
11-12:20 pm
Lown 002

What does it mean for religious practice and for the environment when Indigenous peoples say that their land, water or places are sacred?

Rosalyn LaPier, University of Montana and Harvard Divinity, an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Nation in Montana and also Red River Métis, is an Indigenous writer, ethnobotanist, and environmental historian. She has written the award-winning City Indian: Native American Activism in Chicago, 1893–1934 (with David Beck) and Invisible Reality: Storytellers, Storytakers and the Supernatural World of the Blackfeet (in press).

Co-sponsors: American Studies, Anthropology, Brandeis Multifaith Chaplaincy, Environmental Studies, Latin American and Latino Studies, Office of the Vice Provost for Research, PAX, Sociology

The Hoot Article


Chat with UDRs flyer

In a multicultural society, is religion relevant?
A chat with the Religious Studies UDRs

Wednesday, October 19
1:00pm

Throughout history, religion has held a strong presence. However, in contemporary times, with relatively new connectivity and globalization working to make a multicultural society with universalist values, what is the relevance of religion? WITH DESSERT PROVIDED, join PRS UDRs Gabi Hersch and Lily Wageman in Upper Usdan at 1pm for COOKIES and a captivating conversation about this, as well as any questions you may have about the Religious Studies department, including classes, faculty, events, what it takes to be a minor, and more!


Christianity Series

Christianity Lecture Series

Promise and Challenges of Latin@ Christianity in the United States
María (MT) Teresa Dávila
Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Jesus Christ, CEO! The Transformation of Jesus from Fisherman to Financial Role Model in the 20th Century
Jonathan L. Walton
Monday, March 21, 2016

A Postcolonial Self: Korean Immigrant Theology and Church
Choi Hee An
Monday, March 14, 2016


State of Religion

The State of Religion at Brandeis and Its Future
In Celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the Brandeis Chapels
Thursday, March 17, 2016

The Justice Article

Peter Berger

A New Paradigm for Pluralism and Modernity
Peter L. Berger
March 10, 2016

The Justice Article

Edit Klein Event Flyer

TRANSlations: Situating LGBTQ Identity and Experience in Jewish Texts and Tradition
Idit Klein
November 16, 2015

The Justice Article

Marla Frederick Event Flyer

Colored Television: American Religion Gone Global
Marla Frederick
November 10, 2015

Brandeis Hoot Article

The Jew in the Lotus flyer

The Jew in the Lotus?
Emily Sigalow, Sheila Katz, Dan Litrownik
March 12, 2015