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Religious Studies Past Events

Fall 2016

Jim Davidson Lecture in the Sociology of Religion Thursday, September 15, 2016 MRRT 148 3:30pm Genevieve Zubrzycki,University of Michigan, “Between Retreat and Revival: Religion, Secularism and the Politics of National Heritage” Refreshments following (Sponsored by the Department of Sociology)​ 

9th Annual Larry Axel Memorial Lecture in Religion

Monday, September 26 ~ Krannert Auditorium ~ 8:00 p.m. Tzvi Novick, Department of Theology, University of Notre Dame, "God in the Lab: Technical Expertise and Rabbinic Authority" Co-sponsored by the Purdue Jewish Studies and Religious Studies Programs​

Spring 2016

Thursday, January 28
Chinese Studies Colloquium
"Remapping Antiquity: Books and Readers in Early Daoism"
Presented by JOnathan Pettit, Associate Director of the Center on Religion and Chinese Society
4:30-6:00 p.m., Stanley Coulter Hall, Room 102
Sponsored by the School of Languages and Cultures

Wednesday, February 10
Jewish Studies Noon Lecture Series
"The Holocaust in the Soviet Union"
Presented by Amber Nickell, Graduate Student, Department of History, Purdue University
12:30 p.m., Stewart Center, Room 313
Sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program

Wednesday, February 24
"One Spirit, Many Gifts"
Presented by Sister Jannette Pruitt, Coordinator for Black Catholic Ministry, Archdiocese of Indianapolis
7:00 p.m., Newman Hall, St. Thomas Aquinas, the Catholic Center at Purdue
Sponsored by the Aquinas Educational Foundation, the Religious Studies Program & St. Thomas Aquinas, the Cathlic Center at Purdue

Friday & Saturday, March 4 & 5
Indiana Medieval Graduate Consortium (IMGC) Annual Symposium
"Exploring the Premodern World"
Purdue University

Thursday, March 10
"Divine Likeness: Interpreting Orthodox Icons"
Presented by Dr. Ashley Purpura, Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Purdue University
7:00 p.m., Robert L. Ringer Gallery, Stewart Center

Wednesday, March 23
Jewish Studies Noon Lecture Series
"Zachor: Jewish Geneaology as Discovery and Remembrance of a Lost World"
Presented by Joyce Field, Emerita JewishGen Vice President of Research and Data Acquisition
12:30 p.m., Stewart Center, Room 313
Sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program

Wednesday, April 20
Jewish Studies Noon Lecture Series
"Topographies of Commerce: The Making of an Ionian Jewish Adriatic"
Presented by Constanze Kolbe, Graduate Student, Department of History, Indiana University
12:30 p.m., Stewart Center, Room 313
Sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program

Fall 2015

Wednesday, September 9
"Apocalyptic Violence: The Desire for Universal Destruction & Its Historical Origins"
Presented by Dr. Matthias Riedl, Associate Professor of History, Central European University, Budapest
11:30-12:30, Lawson Hall, Room 1142
Sponsored by the Department of History

Wednesday, September 9
MARS Annual Symposium
"Reading Chaucer in the Renaissance"
Presented by Dr. Paul Strohm, Professor Emeritus at Columbia University
5:00 p.m., Lilly Hall, Room 3410

Saturday, September 12
German Fest at St. Boniface Church
Beer, Food, Dancing & Carnival Rides
4:00-11:00 p.m., St. Boniface Church, 318 N. 9th Street, Lafayette

Thursday, September 24
"Religious Transnationality: Local Churches, Foreign Missionaries, & the Pursuit of Religious Freedom in China"
Presented by Dr. Ray Wang, National Chengchi University
1:30-3:00 p.m., Heavilon Hall, Room G17
Sponsored by Center on Religion & Chinese Society Fall semester lecture series

Sunday, September 27
"Henry Ford's War on Jews & the Legal Battle Against Hate Speech"
Dr. Victoria Saker Woeste, Research Professor, American Bar Foundation
3:00 p.m., St. Thomas Aquinas Center, Siena Room A&B
Sponsored by the Aquinas Educational Foundation & the St. Thomas Aquinas Center

Wednesday, September 30
Jewish Studies Noon Lecture Series
Dr. Ashley Purpura, Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, presents, "Problematic Discourse and Producing Orthodoxy: 'Jews' in Byzantine Christian Hagiography and Hymns."
12:30 p.m., Stewart Center, Room 310

Wednesday, September 30
2015 Larry Axel Memorial Lecture in Religion
"Religion in Conflict: From Martin Luther to the Thirty Years' War (1500-1650)"
Presented by Dr. Sigrun Haude, Associate Professor of History, University of Cincinnati
7:00-9:00 p.m., Stewart Center, Room 202

Wednesday, October 21
Jewish Studies Noon Lecture Series
Lukas Plank, Winner of the 2015 Edward Simon B'nai B'rith Barzillai Lodge No. 111 Prize in Jewish Studies, "Holocaust Denial"
12:30 p.m., Stewart Center, Room 313

Monday, October 26
MARS Monday
"Meaning, Truth, & History: Maimonides & Spinoza on the Interpretation of Scripture"
Presented by Daniel Frank (Philosophy & Jewish Studies)

Thursday, October 29
CRCS Fall Lecture Series
"Shaping and Reshaping Shanghai's Religious Space"
Presented by Professor Benoit Vermander of Fudan University
3:30-5:00 p.m., Heavilon Hall, Room G17
Sponsored by the Center on Religion and Chinese Society

Tuesday, November 3
College of Liberal Arts Faculty Development Center presents
"Partisanship for Latino Immigrants in the United States" by Dr. James McCann, Professor of Political Science
AND "Does Religious Diversity Boost or Diminish Religious Participation?" by Dr. Daniel Olson, Professor of Sociology
3:00-5:00 p.m., Robert L. Ringel Gallery, Stewart Hall

Wednesday, November 11
Jewish Studies Noon Lecture Series
Marcus Smith, Graduate Student, Department of History, Purdue University, presents, "The Jewish Community in Iraq: 1951 to Present"
12:30 p.m., Stewart Center, Room 313

Friday & Saturday, November 13 & 14
The Political Philosophy of Michel Foucault & Gilles Deleuze Conference
Please see attached flier for full details.
Sponsored by the Global Synergy Grant from the College of Liberal Arts

Wednesday, December 2
"Transmission and Transition: The Incorporation and Transformation of Medieval Chinese Divination in Early Japan"
Presented by Stephan N. Kory, Swarthmore College
3:30 p.m., Heavilon Hall, Room G17
Sponsored by the Center on Religion and Chinese Society

Spring 2015

Wednesday, February 11
ISIS and the Islamic State: A Panel Discussion
7:00 p.m., Purdue Memorial Union, North Ballroom
Sponsored by the Aquinas Educational Foundation, the College of Liberal Arts and the Religious Studies Program

Thursday, February 12
Paradigm Shifts, Race and Religion in the U.S. and Europe
6:00-8:00 p.m., Stone Hall, Room 215
Presented by Dr. R. Stephen Warner, Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois, Chicago
Sponsored by Department of Sociology & the Center on Religion & Chinese Society

Tuesday, February 24
Political Terrorism & the U.S. Empire
3:30-5:00 p.m., Dume Hall Living Room
Presented by Dr. Achin Vanaik, retired Professor of International Relations & Global Politics, University of Delhi
Sponsored by the Department of History, Department of Political Science and the American Studies Program

Thursday, March 12
Seminar Discussion and Public Lecture
Featuring Dr. Randall Zachman, Professor of Reformation Studies, History of Christianity, University of Notre Dame
10:30-11:45 a.m., Rawls Hall, Room 2082
"ENGL 665/CMPL 650: World Literature, 1492-1700" 
Discussion on Renaissance vernacular translations of the Bible, especially Martin Luther's German one and the KJV English one.

Thursday, March 12
Seminar Discussion and Public Lecture
Featuring Dr. Randall Zachman, Professor of Reformation Studies, History of Christianity, University of Notre Dame
7:00 p.m., Rawls Hall, Room 1062
"We Must Know What We Believe: Martin Luther on the Right and Duty of All Christians to Read Scripture"

Thursday, March 26
2015 Sociology of Religion Seminar
6:00-8:00 p.m., Stone Hall, Room 215
"Does Religious Diversity Affect Religious Commitment? Some New Answers to an Old Question"
Presented by Daniel Olson, Purdue University

Thursday, April 9
6:00-8:00 p.m., Stone Hall, Room 215
2015 Sociology of Religion Seminar
"Contours of the Sacred: A Workshop on the Geospatial Studie of Relgion and Society"
Featuring Jonathan Pettit, Purdue University

Friday, April 10
1:00-2:30 p.m., Graduate Student Center, Room 105
"Same-Sex Intimacies in an Early Modern African Text about an Ethiopian Female Saint, Gadla Walatta Petros (1672)"
Presented by Professor Wendy Belcher, Associate Professor of African Literature, Princeton University
Sponsored by The Early Atlantic Reading Group

Wednesday, April 15
1:00-2:30 p.m., Heavilon Hall, Room 206
Center on Religion and Chinese Society's Global China Forum Lecture
Featuring Dr. Jin Lu, Purdue University, Calumet
"A Post-Vatican II Bishop: Aloysius Jin Luxian and the Mind of Chinese Catholic Intellectuals"

Wednesday, April 22
Radical Religious Women Symposium & Power of Women's Stories presentation
Sponsored by Indiana Voices of Women

Thursday, April 30
4:00 p.m., Black Culture Center, MP2
"The Call of Bilal: Islam in the African Diaspora"
Presented by Edward Curtis, Millennium Chair of Liberal Ats & Professor of Religious Studies, IUPUI-Indianapolis
Sponsored by African American Studies & Research Center and Religious Studies

FALL 2014

Thursday, August 28
Bridging Cultures – Muslim Journeys, “Let’s Talk About It – Round 2
Presents a discussion of In The Country of Men translated by Hisham Matar
Led by Professors Idrissi Alami and Lynne Dahmen
6:30 p.m., West Lafayette Public Library, Elm room

Saturday, September 6
St. Boniface Catholic Church presents German Fest: music, dancing, carnival rides, games, food and beer!
Family-orientated fun - free and open to the public.
Located at 318 N. 9th St, Lafayette, 4:30-11:00pm

Monday, September 15
Bridging Cultures – Muslim Journeys, “Let’s Talk About It – Round 2
Presents a movie showing, Persepolis
Discussion led by Professors Idrissi Alami and Lynne Dahmen
6:00 p.m., West Lafayette Public Library, Elm room

Wednesday, September 17
The Jewish Studies Noon Series presents
Andrew Fogel (PhD candidate, HIST) speaking on, "Supermentsh: Superman's Covert and Overt Jewish Origins,"
12:30, Beering Hall, B222

Thursday, September 18
Bridging Cultures – Muslim Journeys, “Let’s Talk About It – Round 2
Presents a discussion of Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Led by Professors Idrissi Alami and Lynne Dahmen
6:30 p.m., West Lafayette Public Library, Elm room

Thursday, September 25
Purdue will host the Discovery Lecture Series.
The Philosophy Department has invited the renowned philosopher Alvin Plantinga (Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at both University of Notre Dame and Calvin College) to speak on “Religion, Science, and Naturalism: Where the Conflict Really Lies”
1:30pm in Fowler Hall
This event is free and open to the public.  A book signing will follow.

Sunday, September 28
The Aquinas Education Foundation and Religious Studies present Dr. Elinore Stump, (The Robert J. Henle Professor of Philosophy at St. Louis University) speaking on "Beauty as a Road to God."
3:00 p.m., Newman Hall, St. Thomas Aquinas

Thursday–Saturday, September 25-27
The Department of Philosophy presents, Faith and Reason: Themes from Swinburne.
This conference is organized by Michael Bergmann & Jeffrey Brower.
For more information, visit:  http://www.conf.purdue.edu/landing_pages/swinburne/

Thursday, October 16
Bridging Cultures – Muslim Journeys, “Let’s Talk About It – Round 2
Present a discussion of House of Stone by Anthony Shadid
Led by Professors Idrissi Alami and Lynne Dahmen
6:30 p.m., West Lafayette Public Library, Elm room

Monday, October 20
Jewish Studies & Religious Studies will host the annual Larry Axel Lecture.
This year’s speaker Victoria Aarons (Professor of English, Trinity University), speaking on "The Shape of Memory: Post-Holocaust Literary Representation,”
8:00 p.m., RAWL 1062

Wednesday, October 22
The Jewish Studies Noon Series presents
Nicole Fourman (Winner of the 2014 Edward Simon B'nai B'rith Barzillai Lodge No. 111 Prize in JS) speaking on, "The Jewish Dietary Laws: A Matter of Interpretation,"
12:30 in Stewart 313

Wednesday, November 12
The Jewish Studies Noon Series presents
Rebekah Klein-Pejšová (History & Jewish Studies) speaking on, "Between Refugees and the State: Hungarian Jews and Jewish Refugee Policy in Wartime Austria-Hungary,"
12:30 in Stewart 313

Thursday, November 13
Bridging Cultures – Muslim Journeys, “Let’s Talk About It – Round 2
Presents a discussion of Broken Verse by Kamila Shamsie
Led by Professors Idrissi Alami and Lynne Dahmen
6:30 p.m., West Lafayette Public Library, Elm room

Thursday, November 20
The Aquinas Educational Foundation and Religious Studies presents Robert Segal (Chair of Religious Studies, University of Aberdeen) speaking on,
“Can there be a Christian Social Science? The Case of William Robertson Smith.”
Response by Stuart Robertson (Purdue University)
7:00 p.m., RAWL 1062

Monday, December 1
Bridging Cultures – Muslim Journeys, “Let’s Talk About It – Round 2
Presents a movie showing, Door to the Sky, discussion led by Professors Idrissi Alami and Lynne Dahmen
6:00 p.m., West Lafayette Public Library, Elm room                                                                           

Thursday, December 4
Bridging Cultures – Muslim Journeys, “Let’s Talk About It – Round 2
Presents a discussion of Dreams of Trespass by Fatima Mernissi
Led by Professors Idrissi Alami and Lynne Dahmen
6:30 p.m., West Lafayette Public Library, Elm room

Spring 2014

  • Thursday, February 20, 2014 “Let’s Talk about it - Bridging Cultures: Muslim Journeys,” presents “Dreams of Trespass: Gender and Space in Morocco” by Fatima Mernissi, 6:30pm, West Lafayette Public Library.
  • Thursday, March 6, 2014 The Aquinas Educational Foundation presents, "Dawn of the CyberChrist" by Matthew Tan, Stewart 311, 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 20, 2014 “Let’s Talk about it - Bridging Cultures: Muslim Journeys,” presents “Minaret: Immigration and Religious Migration” by Leila Aboulela, 6:30pm, West Lafayette Public Library.
  • Monday, April 7, 2014 The Aquinas Educational Foundation presents, "Exploring the Intersection of Science, God, and Faith," by Father Robert Spitzer, 7:00pm, Newman Hall of St. Thomas Aquinas.
  • Wednesday, April 9, 2014, The Aquinas Educational Foundation presents, "The First Jesuit Pope: What is in Store for China" by Lin Yu and "The Catholic Church in China: the Ricci Path for Reconciliation?" by Fenggang Yang, 7:00pm, Stewart 311.

Fall 2013

  • Thursday, August 29, 2013 "Masterpiece of the Incarnation: The Marian Hermeneutics of Praise in the Patristic & Medieval Periods" Presented by Brian Reynolds 7:30 p.m.; Reception to follow at 8:30 p.m. Purdue Memorial Union, Annivesrary Drawing Room
  • Saturday, September 7, 2013 St. Boniface Roman Catholic Church "Germanfest" 4:30-11:00 p.m. There will be music, dancing, food, rides, games - and lots of beer.  Admission is free! 318 North 9th Street, Lafayette.
  • Tuesday, September 24, 2013 "American Catholics & Their Church: Fact & Fiction" Presented by James Davidson, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Purdue University 7:30 p.m., followed by a brief reception Newman Hall of St. Thomas Aquinas
  • Wednesday, October 9, 2013 Let's Meet, Greet & Eat Religous Studies Open House 5:00-7:00 p.m. Purdue Memorial Union, East Faculty Lounge
  • Wednesday & Thursday, October 30-31, 2013 Global ReOrient: Chinese Pentecostal/Charismatic Movements in the Global East Symposium 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Stewart Center, Room 214 Co-sponsors: International Programs, Asian Studies, American Studies & Religious Studies
  • Thursday, November 7, 2013 Larry Axel Lecture presented by Wendy Furman-Adams (English, Whittier College) "Visualizing Paradise: Artists Representing Eden Before and After Milton's Paradise Lost" 7:00-8:00 p.m. Precise location TBA

Spring 2013

  • Tuesday, February 26
    7:00 p.m., Stewart Center, Room 218 A&B
    "End of Life Issues: Life Sustaining Treatment Choices"
    Presented by Bishop Timothy Doherty
    Bishop Doherty holds a Masters degree in moral theology from Lateran University in Rome and a Doctorate in Christian ethics from Loyola University Chicago. Until 2010, he participated in the Archdiocese of Chicago bioethics subcommittee and the system ethics committee of OSF Healthcare in Peoria. Bishop Doherty is a member of the USCCB Doctrine subcommittee, the Healthcare Task Force, the USCCB episcopal liaison to the Catholic Health Association of the United States, and also to the National Catholic Council on Addictions.
    Sponsors: Religious Studies and Asian Studies
  • Thursday, April 11
    4:00-5:00 p.m., PMU Anniversary Drawing Room
    Interdisciplinary Studies Outstanding Senior Reception with refreshments
    All graduating RS majors and minors are especially encouraged to come to pick up your office Rel Studies t-shirt, the perfect thing to wear under those graduation robes. For everyone else, since we are so spread around campus and busy, this is the perfect occasion to gather and chat ¿que no?
  • Wednesday, May 1 - Saturday, May 4
    6th Sino-American Sympoisum: Comparative Literature, Religion, and Society
    PMU and cultural events at the Pao Mallett Theatre, PU Archives and Special Collections, and Indianapolis Museum of Art
    Featuring a keynote by Howard Goldblatt (Notre Dame, emeritus), the foremost translator of modern and contemporary Chinese literature in the West, perhaps best known for his Anglophone translations of Chinese writer and 2012 Nobel laureate in Literature, Mo Yan; and panels with Chinese and U.S. scholars.
    Sponsors: Tsinghua University, Beijing, China and Purdue University's International Programs, Comparative Literature Program, Religious Studies Program, Asian Studies Program, Confucius Institute at Purdue, Visual and Performing Arts-Theater, Center on Religion and Chinese Society, and Purdue Libraries.

Fall 2012

  • August 26-October 6, Display at the Hicks Undegraduate Library
    "Rewriting the Book of Nature: Charles Darwin & the Rise of Evolutionary Theory"Purdue has partnered with the U.S. National Library of Medicine on the exhibit, just over 150 years since Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species.  Associated lectures and presentations are still in the works in Hicks.  Below are just a few.
    - Andrew DeWoody, "The Discovery of Vertebrate Genes Underlying Traits of Evolutionary Interest", Tuesday, September 4, 7:00 p.m., Hicks Undergraduate Library, Room G980D
    - Paul Draper, "Darwin on Religion", Tuesday, September 25, 7:00 p.m., Hicks Undergraduate Library, Room G980D
    - Michael Bergmann, "Could Darwinian Natural Selection Be Divinely Guided?", Wednesday, Octo ber 3, 7:00 p.m., Hicks Undergraduate Library, Room G980D
  • Saturday, September 1; noon-2:00 p.m., West Lafayette Morton Center
    Annual Religious Studies Program's "Meet, Greet, and Eat"
    Look for the outdoor bench at the Greater Lafayette's annual GlobalFest.  Stop by to catch up on colleagues' and students' happenings, and to pick up free appetizers representing each of the 5 major religions
    Sponsor: Religious Studies Program

  • Thursday-Saturday, September 6-8; Stewart 314; see <http://www.knowinginreligionandmorality.com/conference/html> for times.
    "Challenges to Religious and Moral Belief: Disagreement and Evolution"
    Sponsor: Professors Michael Bergmann and Patrick Kain (PHIL), John Templeton Grant.
    The conference focuses on the following three worries about religious and moral belief: widespread interpersonal disagreement among intellectual peers on religious and on moral topics provides reason to doubt these beliefs; belief-source disagreement on moral issues between commonsense moral intuitions and religious belief sources raises doubts about both methods of belief formation; evolutionary accounts of the origins of our religious and moral beliefs create doubts about these beliefs by undermining our confidence in the reliability of their sources.  For more information about the conference, see: www.knowinginreligionandmorality.com/conference.html.
  • Tuesday, September 11, Stewart Center 206
    7:30 p.m.
    "Human Origins in Light of Science and Religion"
    Presented by Brendan Purcell, Notre Dame University, Sydney, Australia
    Sponsored by the Aquinas Educational Foundation, the Bindley Bioscience Center, the Religious Studies Program, and the Departments of Anthropology, Biology, Philosophy, Physics, and Psychological Sciences.
  • Wednesday, October 3, Physics 114
    2:30-3:20 p.m.
    Drepung Gomang Monastery (India) monks will present in Professor Donald Mitchell's "REL 23000/PHIL 33000: Religions of the East" course
    Sponsor: Religious Studies Program
  • Wednesday, October 10; Krannert Auditorium
    A Serious Samson Series - sponsored by the PU Religious Studies Program and Jewish Studies Program
    • 3:00-3:20 p.m. - "ENGL 264: The Bible as Literature" reading of selections from the King James  Bible's Judges 13-16.
    • 3:20-3:35 p.m. - intermission with complimentary refreshments
    • 3:35-5:00 p.m. - "ENGL 544: Milton" Dramatic reading of Milton's tragedy Samson Agonistes, with illustrated projections
      Sponsors: Religious Studies Program, Jewish Studies Program, Around the World Learning Community
  • Monday, October 15; Wethrill Hall, Room 160, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
    "The Long Life of Racism and Islamophobia"
    Presented by Junaid Rana, Associate Professor of Asian American Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Sponsors: Anthropology Department, Religious Studies Program, African American Studies & Research Center, & the Muslim Student Association
  • Monday, October 22; Krannert Auditorium; 8:00 p.m.
    "5th Annual Larry Axel Memorial Lecture in Religion"
    "Is Judaism Really Monotheistic? A Maimonidean Inquiry", Kenneth Seeskin (PHIL, Northwestern)
    Sponsors: Jewish Studies and Religious Studies Programs, Diversity Resource Office.
  • Saturday, December 1; 10:45 a.m.-5:30ish p.m.
    Religio-cultural Road Trip to the Indianapolis Art Museum
    Open to Religious Studies faculty, staff, mjaors, minors, and friends, to enjoy the IMA's (www.imamuseum.org/)
    • African Collections, to inform appreciation of the PU Common Read The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind,
    • short-term exhibit (11/2-12/13/2012) of Beauty and Belief: Crossing Bridges with the Arts of the Islamic World(http://www.imamuseum.org/tour/beauty-and-belief-crossing-bridges-arts-islamic-culture-tour), and
    • collection of very important works of art.
  • Wednesday, Decmeber 5; PMU Anniversary Drawing Room; 11:30 a.m.-1:20 p.m.
    Religious Studies "Hello" and "Good-bye" Open House, with a special focus on Don Mitchell's retirement
    Yummy, free refreshments supplied
    Sponsors: Religious Studies Program and Philosophy

Spring 2012

Friday, February 24, 2012
10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Judaica Show-and-tell Discussion
Specific location and information on parking provided upon RSVP.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
7-9 p.m. 
Film and Discussion, "The Struggle for Women's Equality at Jerusalem's Western Wall" Featuring "Praying in Her Own Voice"
Krannert Auditorium, Purdue University

Thursday, March 8, 2012
1:30 p.m. 
The Evolutionary Psychology of Chinese Religion by Kelly James Clark
Kelly James Clark is professor of Philosophy, Calvin College, and program director of Values and Virtues in Contemporary China.  He is the author or editor of more than a dozen books, including The Story of Ethics and Return to Reason.
Co-Sponsored by Asian Studies Program, Psychologiical Sciences & Religious Studies

Fall 2011

Religious Studies is the primary coordinator for a series of events commemorating the 400-year anniversary of the first publication of the King James Bible. In the works are a 100-minute dramatic reading of the KJV Gospel of Mark by a Chicago Shakespeare actor; a conference co-sponsored by Comparative Literature (thanks to the program's Director Charles Ross); and an exhibit by the Purdue Libraries Special Collections, with the support of PU Libraries Dean James Mullins.

Saturday, September 10, 2011
5:00-7:30 p.m.
Greet, Meet, and Eat for RS faculty, staff, majors, minors, and friends
Home of Director of Religious Studies, Angelica Duran
Co-sponsored by Religious Studies and the Religious Studies Student Association 

Thursday-Friday, September 22-24, 2011
9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Purdue Renaissance Comparative Prose Conference
Some highlights:
- Thursday, 9:30-10:20 a.m.,  Opening remarks by Ronald Corthell (PU-Calumet)
- Friday, 9:30-10:20 a.m., Keynote "'A Voice Crying in the Wilderness': The King James Bible and Native America" by Scott Stevens (Chicago Newberry Library-Indigenous Studies Center)
- Friday, 4:30-6:00 p.m., Performance of the Book of Mark by Purdue Theater members
Co-sponsored by Religious Studies, Comparative Literature, Medieval & Renaissance Studies, History and the PU Libraries

Tuesday, October 4, 2011
7:30-8:30 p.m.
Stewart Center, Room 202
The 4th Annual Larry Axel Memorial Lecture in Religion, "The King James Bible and the U.S. Populance"
Public lecture by Mark Noll (Notre Dame-History)
Co-sponsored by Religious Studies and Jewish Studies

Wednesday, October 19, 2011
11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
University Hall, Room 319
"The Threefold Truth as the Basic Pattern for T'ien-t'ai Buddhist"
Public lecture by Paul Swanson, Permanent Fellow, The Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture, Nanzan University
Co-sponsored by the Center on Religion & Chinese Society, Asian Studies and Religious Studies

Wednesday, October 19, 2011
7:00 p.m.
St. Thomas Aquinas Center
"The Future [Catholic] Church"
Public lecture by John Allen, Senior Correspondent, National Catholic Reporter
Co-sponsored by the Aquinas Educational Foundation and Religious Studies

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