Fall 2021 Welcome Reception

306 Royce Hall

You are cordially invited to attend the Center for the Study of Religion Fall 2021 Welcome Reception. We look forward to seeing you there!   Event Flyer RSVP Below:    

The Constantinian Compromise: Senators, Bishops and the Emperor in Late Antique Rome

Given the historic role played by the victorious Constantine in spreading Christianity, it is ironic that senatorial aristocrats were more cooperative with Constantine than were the early fourth-century bishops of the city. Although the bishops of Rome and the clergy, along with other Christians, benefitted greatly from the restoration of their property and the recognition...

“Surely There is No Fear of God in This Place” – The Biblical Plagues and OUR Plague: An Anthropocentric “Theology” and a Lesson for Our Times

**Please note this talk has been postponed to Wednesday, December 1 at 12pm via Zoom**     The onset of the coronavirus brought with it a slew of perverse efforts to identify the ‘sinful’ behaviors for which the plague was God’s punishment. Through an analysis of “Vehaya im Shamoa”(Deut.11:13-21) I offer an alternative understanding of...

Song of Songs, Time after Time

306 Royce Hall

The Song of Songs has been subject to numerous and varying interpretive approaches since its emergence. Drawing from her recently published book, Perils of Wisdom: The Scriptural Solomon in Jewish Tradition, Dr. Keiter will focus on varying Jewish interpretive strategies toward the Song, highlighting the development of Jewish biblical exegesis and its impact on the...

The Ten Commandments: Who What When Where Why

Kaplan 365

For over two thousand years the Ten Commandments have been understood as the fundamental set of divine laws in the Hebrew Bible. Even for those who do not believe that Moses wrote the Pentateuch, the Ten Commandments have retained their place as especially ancient, and especially important in the religious and communal life of Israel....

Wolakota kagapi: The Study of Peace Making on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

314 Royce Hall

Unfortunately, the Center for the Study of Religion must postpone this event due to extenuating circumstances. We apologize for the inconvenience, and look forward to welcoming you at our next event.   The Oglala Lakota Peace Making Team, was instrumental in putting together a number of training sessions for community members to become Peace Makers....

Antisemitism in the Pagan World

Royce Hall 306/Zoom

What counts as antisemitism? Did antisemitism exist among Greeks and Romans? How far and how deep did hostility to Jews extend in the pagan and pre-Christian world? What impact did it have on Jewish experience in the period of the Second Temple? In short, was there a "Jewish problem" in Greco-Roman antiquity?   Co-sponsored by...

Tending the Garden: Ahimsa in the Early Indian Literature

314 Royce Hall/Zoom

Source: Shakyamuni Buddha - Jataka (Previous Lives). 1800, Zanabazar Mongolia National Museum, Mongolia, https://www.himalayanart.org/items/50191. Accessed 22 Sept. 2022.   The practice of ahiṃsā (non-violence) has a long and illustrious history both in South Asia, where it originated, and elsewhere. This talk will tour a selection of the rich body of texts composed by Jains, Buddhists...