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"Filipino Crusaders for the Family Rosary: A History of Localization"
April 29, 20153:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Northwestern series on Prayer "Filipino Crusaders for the Family Rosary: A History of Localization" Lecture by Deirde de la Cruz, Assistant Professor, Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, Department of History, University of Michigan An American apostolate born out of the Catholic Cold War, the Family Rosary Crusade was one of the first organizations of its kind to recognize and self-consciously deploy various media—including rallies, film, and television—as tools for the worldwide propagation of devotion to the Virgin Mary through rosary prayer. But what would happen when the “Crusades” took root and developed elsewhere? This talk will examine the history of the Rosary Crusades in the Philippines from the 1950s through the 1980s, paying particular attention to how Filipinos took up the mantle of mission, transforming Filipino Marian devotion and mass mediated religious culture in the islands.

A Holistic Approach to Development and Peace Building: the Sarvodaya movement in Sri Lanka
April 30, 20156:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Dr. Vinya Ariyaratne is Gen. Secretary of the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement, Sri Lanka’s largest non-governmental grassroots development organization. He developed many innovative programs, including delivering services for internally displaced persons and a novel program to address the psycho-social effects amongst children affected by war using a community based, non-medicalized approach to healing, that helped thousands of children to recover from the trauma of war. After the Tsunami disaster in 2004, he was responsible for the overall coordination of the Sarvodaya’s emergency response and later the entire reconstruction program, one of the largest Tsunami recovery programs in the country. Dr. Ariyaratne has also been a founding member and the Coordinator of the People’s Health Movement Sri Lanka, a network of grassroots health organizations working on advocacy related to health rights, including rights of persons living with HIV/AIDS, commercial sex workers, national drug policy, anti-tobacco policy and other contemporary health issues. He has also been involved extensively in civil society peace, interfaith and reconciliation initiatives. He has extensive experience working with governmental bodies, UN agencies, multilateral agencies such as the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank, national and international non-governmental organizations as well as the private sector in matters related to development. A past President of the College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka, he has extensive teaching and research experience in Community Medicine and has contributed to numerous peer reviewed publications and books. He is a Board Certified Specialist in Community Medicine. Co-sponsored by Religious Studies, International Program Development (IPD), and Equality Development and Globalization Studies (EDGS)

A public reading of Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s Guantánamo Diary
May 2, 20158:00 AM - 8:00 PM
We invite you to join us in an unprecedented event: on Saturday, May 2nd there will be a public reading at Northwestern University of Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s Guantánamo Diary. Although never charged with a crime, Slahi has been imprisoned for more than thirteen years in the American facility in Cuba and frequently subjected to “special interrogation techniques” that have included the full repertoire of tortures. Slahi’s Guantánamo Diary has been called a “vision of hell beyond Orwell, beyond Kafka” and at the same time, a powerful expression of—and summons to—“enduring faith in our common humanity.” We strongly believe all of us at Northwestern must attend to this book carefully in order to better understand what has happened in and to United States and the world over the past several decades, and what continues to happen. The future of our democracy depends on it. The reading will take place in The Graduate School Commons at Seabury, on Sheridan, beginning at 8:00 in the morning. We invite you to take one of the 15-minute time slots and read from the text. Please use this sign up link to let us know as soon as possible whether you will be able to join us. The event is Co-sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies, the Department of Political Science, the Buffett Institute, the Center for Legal Studies, the Department of Anthropology, the International Studies Program, the Program in American Studies, and the Program in Middle East and North African Studies.  

Religion, Law and Politics Speaker Series - Jeremy Menchik
May 7, 201512:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Title: “Productive Intolerance: Godly Nationalism in Indonesia" 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.

MENA Monday: Dr. Loren Lybarger, Associate Professor of Classics & World Religions, Ohio Univeristy & Senior Fellow, The University of Chicago, Divinity School
May 18, 201512:00 PM - 1:30 PM
General Topic: The relationship of secularism to the Islamic revival in the Palestinian immigrant community Dr. Lybarger will discuss the relationship of secularism to the Islamic revival in the Palestinian immigrant community by drawing on his field interviews and observations. He will also seek to use this perspective to raise questions about the ongoing debate about secularism generally. More details to follow Lunch Served 

University of Pisa Conference
May 19, 2015
Theme: Trials that Shook the World

University of Pisa Conference
May 20, 2015
Theme: Trials that Shook the World

Challenging the Motherland: Religion, Terrorism, and the Violence of non-Violence in Western China
May 27, 20153:30 PM - 6:00 PM
The Department of Religous Studies invites you to EDMUND PERRY LECTURE "Challenging the Motherland: Religion, Terrorism, and the Violence of non-Violence in Western China" By Antonio Terrone, Assistant Professor of Tibetan Buddhist Studies, National Chengchi University, Taiwan  More Details TBA

July 29, 2014