After 9/11, American Muslims have faced increased pressure to demonstrate the compatibility of Islam and American culture. Focusing on suburban Chicago, this lecture shows how some Muslim communities have embraced leisure activities, such as playing football or apple-picking, as essential for smoothing the pathway for Islam’s acceptance in the American religious landscape and as vital for the construction of an American Islam that transcends ethnic and racial divisions. By linking leisure to the moral obligation of parenting, these recreational rituals, deemed quintessentially American, are made into pious acts. This talk explores how consumer practices, especially those perceived as generating “spirituality” and cultural “comfort”— have become resonant in our contemporary political moment.
SKIP TO THE DETAILS HERE. Announcing the Reisacher Summer Fellowship program, providing up to $3,000 for students in religious studies to carry out summer projects. Details here.
Timothy Beal was Visiting Faculty at the Nida School of Translation Studies at the San Pellegrino University Foundation in Misano Adriatico, Italy. The conference hosts a highly diverse international group of faculty and graduate students from all fields of translation studies (from religious texts to poetry and novels to recipes). This year’s theme is “Translation and Cultural Conversions.” Tim will lecture on his recent experiments in neural machine translation.
Power of Diversity Lecture Series
Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity invites you to attend
“Changing the Narrative About Islam and Muslims”
a lecture by Ramez Islambouli
Head of Arabic Language,CWRU Dept. of Modern Languages
Lecturer of Islam, CWRU Dept. of Religious Studies
Adjunct Professor, CWRU School of Law
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
3 p.m., Ballroom...
TRUMP AND TRAUMA: Feminism, Vulnerable Lives and Public Power
A Student Class Discussion with Professor Roxanne Gay
When: Tuesday, November 15 at 4:30 pm
Where: Gaming Room in the Tinkham Veale University Center
RSVP to Professor Joy Bostic (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Haitian-American author Roxane Gay’s writing focuses on feminist issues, gender, and racial equality. Her works...
Professor Joy Bostic is a guest on “Episode 280” of the Projection Booth Podcast. Listen to her interview with Mike White as she discusses representations of race, gender and religion in the film Sugar Hill (1974) at http://projection-booth.blogspot.com/2016/07/episode-280-sugar-hill.html
Lecture by Dr. Vincent L. Wimbush, speaker and Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar:
The Black Atlantic Reads King James
Wednesday, April 6
Thwing Center Ballroom – Case Western Reserve University 11111 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106
Free and open to the public, registration required
Phi Beta Kappa Welcome Reception at 11:50 am
Lecture at 12:30 pm
The award is open to any scholar of American religion, broadly defined, who has launched their career in the last seven years. Please refer to the Young Scholars in American Religion Program for more information regarding the program, and for the complete list of the 2016 scholars.
Dr. Sarma’s chapter, “Under the Gaze of Kali: Exhibitionism in the Kalighat Painting Exhibition at the Cleveland Museum of Art”, was recently published as part of the new book Sacred Objects in Secular Spaces: Exhibiting Asian Religions in Museums by Bruce M. Sullivan.