Workshop with Michael Levine
Sponsored by the Philosophy of Religions Workshop.
Bettina Bergo is Professor of Philosophy at the Université de Montréal. She is the author of Levinas between Ethics and Politics and editor or co-editor of several collections, including: “I don’t see color!”: Personal and Critical Perspectives on White Privilege (Penn State Press, 2015);Trauma: Reflections on Experience and Its Other (SUNY, 2009); Levinas and Nietzsche: after the Death of a Certain God (Columbia, 2008); Levinas’s Contribution to Contemporary Thought (Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal, 1999). She was a Martin Marty Center Senior Fellow for the 2015-2016 academic year.
Public Lecture by Evan Haefeli
January 10 4:30pm | Swift Common Room
Evan Haefeli, Associate Professor of History, Texas A & M University, will give a public lecture entitled "Accidental Pluralists: Colonial America and English Religious Expansion, 1497-1662."
Evan Haefeli has also taught at Columbia, Tufts, and Princeton Universities and the London School of Economics, where he was a Visiting Fellow. He has held fellowships from the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania; the NEH; the Huntington Library in San Marino, California; and the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at New York Public Library. His research has ranged from the frontier between New France and New England, to early Native American history, the famous Salem witchcraft trials, obscure revolts in colonial New York, captivity narratives and the nature of book publishing in colonial America, and the politics of religious toleration in the Dutch empire, especially New Netherland. He is currently finishing a book for the University of Chicago Press on the politics of religious toleration and English overseas expansion from 1497-1688, editing a volume of essays entitled Anti-Catholicism: The Anglo-American Experience c. 1600-1850, and beginning his next book, which examines the radical origins of the English Bahamas in the seventeenth century.
Prof. Haefeli will also give a workshop presentation on January 11 12:00 noon in S200 on "The Delaware as Women? Indigneous Sources on a Colonial Discourse"
Public Lecture by Katharine Garbner
January 17 | 4:30pm | Swift Common Room
Katharine Gerbner, Assistant Professor of History, University of Minnesota, will give a public lecture entitled "Christian Slavery: Religion, Race, and Freedom in Protestant Missions to the Caribbean."
Katharine Gerbner's research explores the religious dimensions of race, authority, and freedom in the early modern Atlantic world. She is currently working on a book project entitled “Christian Slavery: Protestant Missions and Slave Conversion in the Atlantic World, 1660-1760,” which asks why enslaved and free Africans participated in Christian rituals in the Protestant Caribbean. A second project investigates the religious and medical practices of enslaved Africans in the Caribbean, paying particular attention to obeah and how Afro-Caribbean ideas about healing, prayer, and worship influenced the construction of European categories such as religion and medicine.
Prof. Gerbner will also give a workshop presentation on January 18, 12:00 noon in S200.
Public Lecture by Claudia Rapp: "Saint Catherine's Monastery in the Sinai and its Hidden Manuscript Treasures"
February 6 | 4:30pm | Swift 208
Professor Claudia Rapp, University of Vienna, presents a public lecture entitled "Saint Catherine's Monastery in the Sinai and its Hidden Manuscript Treasures."
Located in the southern tip of the Sinai peninsula and fortified with walls under Emperor Justinian in the sixth century, the Holy Monastery of Saint Catherine is the oldest Christian monastery in continuous operation. Despite its remoteness, it has attracted monks and pilgrims from all regions of Christendom. Its art collection and library are home to unique treasures that have been preserved through the ages. Some of the manuscript evidence has only recently been unlocked with the help of digital technology. This lecture will present the current results of the Sinai Palimpsests Project and explain how they contribute to our understanding of the monastery as a cultural magnet in the middle ages.
Claudia Rapp is Professor of Byzantine Studies at the University of Vienna and the director of the Division for Byzantine Research at the Institute for Medieval Studies (Austrian ACademy of Sciences). The author of Holy Bishops in Late Antiquity: The Nature of Christian Leadership in an Age of Transition (University of California Press), Prof. Rapp was the 2015 winner of the Wittgenstein Prize, Austria's highest academic award.
Public Lecture by Esra Özyürek
February 14 | 4:30pm | Swift Lecture Hall (3rd floor)
Professor Esra Özyürek presents a public lecture entitled "Wrong Emotions for the Holocaust: Invisible Contributions of the Turkish- and Arab-Germans to the Cosmopolitan Memory Culture"