CURA Events


Upcoming Events

Fall 2016

CURA and Boston University Graduate Talk Series on Religion and Public Policy Today
Religion & World Affairs Topics

Thursday, September 15

5:00 PM | “Broken Hearts/Fighting Words: US Evangelicals, Border-Crossing Affects, and the Anti-Homosexuality Law in Uganda”
Melani McAlister, Associate Professor of American Studies & International Affairs, George Washington University
Eilts Room, 154 Bay state Rd.

Saturday, October 8

Workshop: “Love Stories: Youth Aspirations & the New Ethics of Intimacy”
Nancy Smith-Hefner, Department of Anthropology and CURA & the Boston University Graduate Student Project on Sexuality & Intimacy

Tuesday, October 18

“Religion and the Making of Morality Systems”
3rd Annual Talk on Ethics and Modernity
Webb Keane, George Herbert Mead Collegiate Professor of Anthropology, University of Michigan

Thursday, October 27

5:00 PM | Richard Miller, Professor of Religious Ethics, University of Chicago Divinity School
Eilts Room, 154 Bay State Rd.

Friday, October 28 – Saturday, October 29

“Muslim Thought and Practice in South Asia: Perspectives within and between History and Religion
Keynote Speaker: Muhammad Qasim Zaman, Princeton University

Saturday, October 29

Conference: “Love Stories: Youth Aspirations & the New Ethics of Intimacy”
Nancy Smith-Hefner, Department of Anthropology and CURA & the Boston University Graduate Student Project on Sexuality & Intimacy

Friday, November 18

12:00 PM  | “ISIS Crisis and the Broken Politics of  the Middle East”
Nader Hashemi, Director of the Center for Middle East Studies and Associate Professor of MiddleEast and Islamic Politics at the University of Denver School of International Studies
121 Bay State Rd.

Spring 2017

Tuesday, February 21

Mona Siddiqui, University of Edinburgh Divinity School: Presentation on Muslim Ethics Today


Past Events 

Friday, January 29

5:00 PM | Battling over God’s Word: Indonesian Muslim Feminists Now
Nelly van Doorn-Harder, Department for the Study of Religions at Wake Forest College
121 Bay State Road

Monday, February 8

5:00 PM | Dreaming of the Inevitable: How money, morals and destiny come together when young Egyptians search for love and marriage

Samuli Schielke, Research Fellow Zentrum Moderner Orient
232 Bay State Road Seminar Room PLS 102
Muslim Youth Series

Monday, February 22

5:00 PM | Muslim Youth Politics and Competing Assertions of Muslim Masculinity in Urban Mali
Dorothea E. Schulz, Professor of Cultural & Social Anthropology
University of Cologne
121 Bay State Road 1st Floor
Muslim Youth Series

Monday, February 29

5:00 PM | The Isis Bandwagon: Why Domestic Terror Groups Pledge Loyalty to Isis
Joel Day, Ph.D, Assistant Professor, Security Studies & Global Studies
University of Massachusetts Lowell
121 Bay State Road

Thursday, March 17

5:00 PM | Can We Be Both Modern and Virtuous?
James Laidlaw, Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge
Pardee-CURA Lecture in Religion, Ethics, and Modernity
121 Bay State Road

Monday, April 11

4:00 PM | Governing the Family through Religion in Post-Kemalist Turkey
Hikmet Kocamaner, Post-Doctoral Fellow and Cultural Anthropologist
Brandeis University
121 Bay State Rd.
Co-sponsored with the Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies & Civilizations

Thurday, April 14
4:00 PM | Pentacostalism and the African Spirit World: Continuity or Discontinuity?
Allan Anderson, Professor of Mission and Pentecostal Studies, University of Birmingham
School of Theology, B23-24
CURA Co-Sponsorship

Monday, April 25
6:00 PM | Muslim-American-Fashion: Modesty, Identity, and Public Perception
GSU Metcalf Hall
775 Commonwealth Ave., 2nd Floor
CURA Co-Sponsorship

Friday, June 24

3:00 PM | Research Workshop on Religion in Contemporary China
Pardee School Faculty Discussion with Chinese Researchers from the Shanghai Law Society and Shanghai Association of Religious Studies Institute of Religious Studies

Past Events – Fall 2015

Tuesday, September 22
5:00 PM | Religions, Peace and Conflict: The Contributions of Interreligious Dialogue
121 Bay State Rd. Dean’s Conference Room (1st Floor)

Thursday, October 15
4:00 PM | Religious Zionism between Extremism and Dialogue
Shlomo Fischer PhD, School of Education, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
121 Bay State Rd. 1st Floor

Thursday, October 15
7:00 PM | Why Hasn’t Religion Died Out?
Peter Berger & Ross Douthat
Co-sponsored with the Veritas Forum and the Templeton Foundation
Program Information

Tuesday, October 20

4:00 PM | Indonesia: Democracy and Tolerance in Indonesia
Alissa WahidNational Head ∙ Gusdurian Network Indonesia
154 Bay State Road Eilts Room

Wednesday, October 21
5:00 PM  | What is the Matter with Transcendence? Finding a Place for Religion in the New Anthropology and Sociology of Ethics
Joel Robbins, Division of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge
Fifth Annual Peter L. Berger Lecture in Sociology and Anthropology of Religion
121 Bay State Rd. Dean’s Conference Room 1st Floor

Thursday, October 29
5:00 PM | Connections that Matter: Youth, Class, and Social Capital in Urban Egypt
Farhan Ghannan, Professor of Anthropology, Swarthmore College
Muslim Youth Series
121 Bay State Road 1st Floor

Monday, November 2
5:00 PM | Frontiers of Fear
Ariane Chebel D’Appollonia on The Refugee Crisis in the EU and its Implications
Thomas Volk on Islam and Muslim Life in Germany: Current Developments and Future Challenges
121 Bay State Road 1st Floor

Monday, November 9

12:15 PM | Asian Women in Public Life
film screening and discussion with Shahla Haeri, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology
121 Bay State Road

Monday, November 16
12:00 PM | The Moral Case for Saving the Planet
International Education Week

Tuesday, November 17

5:00 PM  | Diasporic Imaginations: The Political Mobilization of the Syrian-Lebanese Community in Brazil and the Syrian Civil War
Paulo Pinto, Professor of Anthropology, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil
121 Bay State Road

Monday, December 7

5:00 PM | The End of Dating: Romance and Courtship among Muslim Javanese Youth
Nancy J. Smith Hefner, Department of Anthropology, Boston University
Muslim Youth Series




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