Institute for Philosophy and Religion 2011–2012 Lecture Series

Politics, Religion and Theology

This year’s institute series will explore several important facets of the contemporary relation between politics, theology, and religious thought, including the specific notions of civil religion (in the broadest sense from Rousseau to Tocqueville to Robert Bellah) and political theology (in a comparative way, as it has been reflected especially in political thinkers whose work has been influenced by the three monotheistic traditions of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity).

 

“How to Read Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address”

Steven B. Smith, Department of Political Science, Yale University

Thursday, September 22, 5 p.m.
Boston University School of Law Barristers Hall
765 Commonwealth Avenue, First Floor
Moderator: Michael Zank (Department of Religion, Boston University)
Respondent: Judith Swanson (Department of Political Science, Boston University)
This event co-sponsored by Boston University’s Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies
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“World-denial and World Redemption: Franz Rosenzweig’s Early Marcionism”

Benjamin Pollock, Department of Religious Studies, Michigan State University

Wednesday, October, 26, 5 p.m.
Boston University Photonics Center, Room 206
8 Saint Mary’s Street, Second Floor
Moderator: Michael Zank (Department of Religion, Boston University)
This event co-sponsored by Boston University’s Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies
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“Miracles in an Age of Technological Reproducibility”

Benjamin Lazier, Department of History, Reed College

Wednesday, November 16, 5 p.m.
Boston University School of Law Barristers Hall
765 Commonwealth Avenue, First Floor
Moderator: Michael Zank (Department of Religion, Boston University)
This event co-sponsored by Boston University’s Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies

 

“The Anti-Trinitarian Sources of Liberalism”

Michael Gillespie, Department of Political Science, Duke University

Thursday, December 1, 5 p.m.
Boston University School of Law Barristers Hall
765 Commonwealth Avenue, First Floor
Moderator: John Berthrong (School of Theology, Boston University)
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“Confronting Spinoza’s Theologico-political Treatise: Hermann Cohen vs. Franz Rosenzweig”

Myriam Bienenstock, Department of Philosophy, University François Rabelais at Tours (France)

Wednesday, December 7, 5 p.m.
Boston University School of Law Barristers Hall
765 Commonwealth Avenue, First Floor
Moderator: Michael Zank (Department of Religion, Boston University)
This event co-sponsored by Boston University’s Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies

“On Being a Mediocre Believer in an Age of Extremities”

Charles Mathewes, Department of Religion, University of Virginia

Thursday, January 26, 5 p.m.
Boston University School of Law Barristers Hall
765 Commonwealth Avenue, First Floor
Moderator: John Berthrong (School of Theology, Boston University)

“Jürgen Habermas and the Social Significance of Religion”

Peter Gordon, Department of History, Harvard University

Wednesday, February 1, 5 p.m.
Boston University School of Law Barristers Hall
765 Commonwealth Avenue, First Floor
Moderator: Michael Zank (Department of Religion, Boston University)
Respondent: Hugh Baxter, Department of Philosophy and School of Law, Boston University.
This event co-sponsored by Boston University’s Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies

“American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us”

Robert Putnam, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Thursday, March 1, 6 p.m.
Boston University School of Law Barristers Hall
765 Commonwealth Avenue, First Floor
Moderator: Robert Hefner (Director, Institute on Culture, Religion & World Affairs, Boston University)
Respondent: Peter Berger (Director Emeritus, Institute on Culture, Religion & World Affairs, Boston University)
This event co-sponsored by Boston University’s Institute on Culture, Religion & World Affairs

“Political Theology and Biblical Atheism: Revisiting The Schmitt-strauss Debate in Weimar”

John McCormick, Department of Political Science, University of Chicago

Thursday, March 29, 5 p.m.
Moderator: John Berthrong (School of Theology, Boston University)
Boston University Photonics Center Colloquium Room
8 Saint Mary’s Street, Ninth Floor

“Muslim Women and the Challenge of Authority”

Saturday, March 31, 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Location TBA
IPR is one of the co-sponsors for this all-day conference, organized by Professor Kecia Ali (Department of Religion), which is also being supported by the Boston University Humanities Foundation; the Institute on Culture, Religion & World Affairs, the Department of Religion; the programs in Muslim Studies and Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies; the New England/Maritimes Region of the American Academy of Religion; and George Mason University’s Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies. (For more information on the conference and the year-long lecture series of which it is a part, see the website at http://www.bu.edu/cura/calendar/muslim-women-and-the-challenge-of-authority/.)

“Politics, Religion and Violence: The Maccabean Wars”

Jan Assmann, Departments of History and Sociology, University of Konstanz (Germany)

Wednesday, April 4, 5 p.m.
This event co-sponsored by Boston University’s Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies
Respondent: Martin Kavka (Department of Religion, Florida State University
Moderator: Michael Zank (Department of Religion, Boston University)
Boston University School of Law Barristers Hall
765 Commonwealth Avenue, First Floor