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December 2016

How the Pentateuch Was Composed: Two Floods are Better Than One

December 5, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
Manning Hall, Room 209, 216 Lenoir Dr
Chapel Hill, NC United States
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Lecture by Prof. Baruch J. Schwartz, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Examined closely, the Biblical story of Noah is rife with inconsistency, repetition, and discontinuity. What brought about the Flood? How did it occur? How long did it last? Why was anyone spared? Why Noah? Why did God resolve never to destroy all life again? And how does this story fit into the larger context of Israel's pre-history recounted in the Pentateuch? The canonical text is hopelessly ambiguous and unclear,…

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February 2017

(Un)Holy Spies: Religion and the American Espionage in World War II

February 8 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Carolina Hall, Room 220, 220 E Cameron Ave
Chapel Hill, NC
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(Un)Holy Spies: Religion and the American Espionage in World War II By Matthew Sutton, Edward R. Meyer Distinguished Professor in the Department of History at Washington State University

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Application Deadline for 2017 Huqoq Archaeological Excavation

February 9

The deadline for applications to join the UNC in Israel Summer Archaeological Excavation at Huqoq (May 29 to June 30, 2017), led by Prof. Jodi Magness, is February 9, 2017. To go directly to the application, click here. For more information on the program and the excavation, see here.

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RELIxperience Undergraduate Video Contest Deadline

February 15

The deadline for submissions to the RELIxperience Undergraduate Video Contest is Feburuary 15, 2017. For more information, see here.

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Boyd Memorial Fellowship Application Deadline

February 20

This year's deadline for applications for the Boyd Memorial Fellowship is February 20, 2017. The Boyd Fellowship is an $11,000 award given annually to a major or double-major in Religious Studies who plans to pursue either graduate or professional education in religion. For more information, see here.

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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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