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March 2017

Feels Right Exegesis: How Millennials Read the Bible Concerning Same Sex Marriage

March 2 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Phillips Hall, Rm 220, Chapel Hill, 27514 United States + Google Map

Lecture by J. Derrick Lemons, Assistant Professor of Religion, University of Georgia For over a decade, scholars have called for more research about the spiritual lives of American millennials, the age cohort born between the 1980s and early 2000s. Scholars are especially interested in the religious-to-spiritual shift of American millennials, which is characterized by highly individualistic millennials leaving traditional forms of religious practice while maintaining a deeply spiritual identity. This study seeks to understand the use of the Bible by…

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Affect In Dissent: Past and Present (Duke-UNC Graduate Islamic Studies Conference)

March 4 @ 9:30 am - March 5 @ 1:00 pm
UNC Campus Y, Anne Queen Lounge, Chapel Hill, United States + Google Map

The 14th Annual Duke-UNC Graduate Islamic Studies Conference Affect In Dissent: Past and Present March 4-5, 2017 Muslims across the globe – from the Middle East, North America, South Asia, and beyond – have been in constant engagement with the changing material and social conditions of human experience. The conference will explore the multiple ways that Muslims in various places have confronted and objected to these conditions historically and in the present. These changing conditions have been evaluated from a…

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Infertility and the Hebrew Bible: Perspectives and Proposals (Joel Baden lecture)

March 6 @ 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm

Dr. Joel Baden, professor of Hebrew Bible at Yale Divinity School, will be delivering a public lecture titled “Infertility and the Hebrew Bible: Perspectives and Proposals” at Duke Divinity School (Westbrook Building 0016) on Monday, March 6, at 5:15pm. The event is sponsored by Duke Divinity School, the Duke Department of Religious Studies, UNC's Department of Religious Studies, and the Duke Center for Jewish Studies. A reception will follow afterward. For the event flyer, click here.

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Holy Children: Accusing Jews of Murder in Early Modern Spain (María Tausiet lecture)

March 6 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Hamilton Hall, Room 569, Chapel Hill, NC United States + Google Map

Lecture by Dr. María Tausiet "Holy Children: Accusing Jews of Murder in Early Modern Spain" One of the most terrible accusations ever directed at any community is that of "blood libel"--the accusation that Jews murdered Christian children and used their bodies in religious rites. This mythical allegation, with origins in the Middle Ages, was particularly successful during the early modern period. Dr. Tausiet's lecture examines two cases of children allegedly martyred in thirteenth- and fifteenth-century Spain. She explores the question…

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Buddhist Temporality and Interpretations of Mass Atrocity in Cambodia (Anne Hansen lecture)

March 23 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 1009, Chapel Hill, 27599 United States + Google Map

Lecture by Anne Hansen Professor of Religious Studies and Southeast Asian History University of Wisconsin-Madison Buddhist prophecies about the end of our time and the dawning of a new era tied to the enlightenment of the fifth buddha in our kalpa or “epoch” have circulated widely across the Buddhist world for nearly two millennia. In Cambodia, these millenarian prophesies have also served as a powerful and pervasive response to and explanation for the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime, one that is…

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What’s an Ancient Interpreter to Do with ‘Problem Texts’ in the Writings of Paul? (Margaret Mitchell Lecture)

March 27 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The Christianity in Antiquity Reading Group presents-- A lecture by Dr. Margaret Mitchell, Shailer Mathews Professor of New Testament and Early Christian Literature, the University of Chicago Divinity School: "What's an Ancient Interpreter to Do with 'Problem Texts' in the Writings of Paul?" Co-sponsored by CLAS, MEMS, and the UNC and Duke Departments of Religious Studies

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Dia.gnosis: Carolina Conference for Romance Studies

March 30 @ 12:00 pm - April 1 @ 9:00 pm
Chapel Hill, 27599 United States + Google Map

The Graduate Romance Association of the Department of Romance Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill would like to welcome professors, students, and independent scholars to the website for the Carolina Conference for Romance Studies. Over the past twenty-two years, our conference has grown tremendously and is now one of the largest conferences in the country coordinated entirely by graduate students. Each year, professors and graduate students from all…

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April 2017

Standing in Cement: Possibilities Created by Ravan on the Chhattisgarhi Plains (Joyce Flueckiger Lecture)

April 6 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Lecture by Dr. Joyce Burkhalter Flueckiger, Professor, Emory University Framed by recent interest in the agency of materiality, this talk analyzes, through a performative-ethnographic lens, possibilities created and questions raised by the cement images of Ravan, the antagonist of the Ramayana epic tradition, found throughout the central plains of the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh. While in Ramayan verbal narraties, Ravan dies; here in Chhattisgarh, materially he stands and is much more visible than the hero-god Ram. The materiality of…

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Making Moderate Islam (Rosemary Corbett lecture)

April 11 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 2008/2010, Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States + Google Map

A lecture by Dr. Rosemary Corbett: "Making Moderate Islam: On Sufism, Service, and the 'Ground Zero Mosque' Controversy' Sponsored by: UNC Student Congress, the Department of Religious Studies, the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, the Department of Sociology, and the UNC Cultural Studies Program For the event flyer, click here.

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Department of Religious Studies Awards Ceremony

April 19 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Hyde Hall, University Room, 176 E Franklin St
Chapel Hill, NC
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2017 Department of Religious Studies Awards Ceremony Including: Undergraduate Student Awards Graduate Student Awards Faculty Achievement Recognitions *Refreshments will be served For more information, email quick@unc.edu or call 919-962-5667

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