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“Making Sense of Trauma: Israel’s Black Sabath and its Aftermath” Dr. Alanna Cooper lecture and reception

Wednesday, May 1st 2024

12pm – 1:30pm

UPDATE: Dively Room 213

This lecture by Dr. Alanna Cooper analyzes the cultural work born out of the trauma experienced by Israel’s citizens on October 7. Research explores the existential patterns Israelis seek to make sense of their wounds, as well as the ways in which they assemble a set of hopes and fears for how they might be healed.

Free to attend and open to all members of the Case Western Reserve University community.
Refreshments are to follow.

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Keynote: Dr. Jonathan Tan

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Prayer in Hostage Square – a feature by Dr. Alanna Cooper

During a recent visit to Israel, Dr. Cooper had the privilege to meet Rabbi Anat Sharbat, whose spiritual work in Hostage Square inspired her to write the article, “Hostages Square in Tel Aviv is one of the most religiously diverse synagogues.” Amid war, grief, fear and pain, Rabbi Sharbat and others have found creative and uplifting ways to connect to each other and find some solace.

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“Rejecting the Pill: A History of the Science of Natural Family Planning” presented by Katherin Dugan, PhD

In this lecture, Katherine Dugan will examine the history of the science of Natural Family Planning–starting with the “rhythm” method of the 1920s through the app-based methods of the 2020s. This lecture interweaves medical history with Catholic history in order to tell the story of how what is now known as NFP came to be practiced. In addition to tracing the history of these methods, the lecture also details some of the biographical history of the medical doctors and scientists committed to this work.

Thursday, April 18th, 2024 4:30-5:30 pm (In person or live stream)

The event is free, registration is required for those who want to attend in person

Click here to register

The event will be held at:

Allen Memorial Public Library, 110 Euclid Ave. Zverina Room, 3rd floor

Live stream details will be available here

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Keynote: Dr. Joy R. Bostic

Associate professor Joy R. Bostic is giving the opening keynote address at St. John’s College,

University of Oxford for the Mystical Theology Network’s Mysticism and Action conference,

March 19-21. Her keynote address “‘It Feels So Good to Be Alive’: Vital Unity, Africana

Cosmology and Embodied Sociality as Spiritual Practice” includes excerpts from her upcoming book

on Africana religion and popular culture

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Black Visions, Black Voices, and the Power of Black Art: AFRICOBRA and Ohio

Siegal Lifelong Learning is holding an upcoming two-part remote lecture.

Join Dr. Regennia N. Williams Tuesdays, April 9 & 16 | 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM ET as she facilitates a discussion about the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and beyond as seen through the work of Wadsworth Jarrell, Jae Jarrell, and Nelson Stevens.

Students are invited to attend free of charge.

For more information, click here. For registration click here.

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Award winning show consulted on by Religious Department’s own, Deepak Sarma

Professor Deepak Sarma, in addition to their University duties, is a cultural consultant for Netflix, Mattel, and Moonbug, and has worked on projects such as “Deepa & Anoop” and “CoComelon Lane”. For the last several years, they consulted on the new YouTube series, “Ghee Happy”, which has just been awarded the 51st Annie Award’s “Best TV/ Media – Preschool” in the field of 2023 animation! The series is a playful reimagining of the Hindu deities as little kids discovering their powers in a deity daycare. Full episodes, shorts, and music videos can all be found at the Ghee Happy Studio on YouTube. From all of us here in the Religious Studies Department, we wish you a warm congratulations, Deepak!

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