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"Love and Liberation: Autobiographical Writings of the Tibetan Buddhist Visionary Sera Khandro"
January 7, 20153:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Book panel presented by Sarah Jacoby, Assistant Professor of Religion, Religious Studies Department Panelists: Paola Zamperini, Chair of Asian Languages and Cultures Department, Associate Professor of Chinese Literature (Northwestern University)Barbara Newman, Professor of English, Religious Studies, & Classics, John Evans Professor of Latin (Northwestern University)Wendy Wall, Avalon Professor of the Humanities, Director, Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities (Northwestern University)

Religion, Law and Politics Speaker Series - Vanja-Ivan Savic
January 20, 201512:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Title: “After the Age of Communism: Religious Life, Law, and National Identity in East and Central Europe” Department of Political Science EDGS 2014-15 Speaker Series Organizer: Elizabeth Shakman HurdSponsor: Equality, Development and Globalization Studies (EDGS) ProgramCo-sponsors: Department of Political Science, Department of Religious Studies, Graduate Student Workshop in Religion & Global Politics Location: Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies, 1902 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208Time: 12:00pm-1:30pm/lunch included Description:The series will bring together seven distinguished scholars with Northwestern faculty, graduate and undergraduate students interested in the interaction of law, religion, culture and politics in social, historical, political and legal contexts. Serving as a forum for reflection on theoretical, methodological, and critical issues in law and society, religion and diversity, and culture and politics in the US and globally, the series will traverse disciplinary boundaries to explore these questions drawing on insights from political science, law, religious studies, anthropology, sociology, and history. The series will complement and contribute to discussions, teaching, and institution building in this field at Northwestern, including the Religion & Global Politics Certificate Program, Elizabeth Shakman Hurd and Robert Orsi’s graduate seminar “Religion and Modernity” (Winter 2015), and the Graduate Student Workshop on Religion & Global Politics led by Mona Oraby and Ariel Schwartz. Professor Alessandro Ferrari will be visiting Northwestern in fall 2014 as the Roberta Buffett Visiting Professor of International Studies, and Professor Vanja Savic will be in residence in the fall and winter quarters, also affiliated with BCICS.

Religion, Law & Politics Speaker Series - Ruth Marshall
January 22, 201512:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Ruth Marshall, Associate Professor, University of Toronto Title: “Global Spiritual Warfare: The Politics of Evangelism in the Global South”Ruth Marshall is Associate Professor in the Departments of Political Science and Study of Religion at the University of Toronto. She is the author of Political Spiritualities: The Pentecostal Revolution in Nigeria (U. Chicago Press, 2009) and numerous scholarly articles on the political implications of Pentecostalism and postcolonial politics in West Africa. She’s interested in the contemporary nexus between religion and politics and the challenge of clearing an analytical space in which the political productivity of religious discourse and practice may be analyzed non-reductively. She is currently undertaking two major research projects, one funded by the SSRC, investigating prayer as a form of political praxis, and the other studying the political implications of the evangelization of Europe and North America by Pentecostals from the Global South. In 2013-14 she was a Chancellor Jackman Fellow in the Humanities at the U of Toronto’s Jackman Humanities Institute where she began work on a new book which examines the renewed ethico-political force of religious language in the public sphere and the political challenge that global revivalism poses to democratic forms of life, while exploring the possibilities and limits of a post-secular politics of translation for articulating a new relationship between the religious and the political. Lunch Included

July 29, 2014