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Labyrinth Moon Walk

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 8:30pm

Labyrinth Moon Walk

San Francisco Theological Seminary

Enjoy the beautiful vista of Mt. Tamalpais and surrounding hills while walking the Geneva Terrace Labyrinth under the light of the stars and the full moon. Focus your mind and enter a peaceful, meditative state while enjoying live acoustic guitar music.

Art and Design: Islamic Geometric Patterns

Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 5:00pm

Join us at this unique illustrated presentation and hands-on workshop on the art and design of Islamic geometric patterns with Carol Bier, Visiting Scholar with the Center for Islamic Studies at the Graduate Theological Union and former Curator at The Textile Museum in Washington, DC.

After a brief illustrated introduction to Islamic ornament in ceramic tile, carved woodwork, and illuminated manuscripts, we will explore the basic principles that underly geometric patterns in Islamic art through hands-on activities. Using paper-folding and coloring exercises you will learn to visualize circles and centers and the intersecting axes of grids that allow for the repetition of designs to create a pattern. Come to understand the organization of historical designs and find your own forms of expression through the use of color and symmetry.

 

"Jews in Contemporary Poland: Their Attitudes Towards Assimilation, Religion, and the Holocaust" by Dr. Sebastian Rejak

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 12:00pm

Join us to hear Dr. Rejak, the author of Jewish Identities in Poland and America: The Impact of the Shoah on Religion and Ethnicity, speak on Jewish issues in contemporary Poland. 
Location: 180 Doe Library, U.C. Berkeley Campus
Time: Tuesday, May 5th 12:00-1:00pm


"Head of Passes" plus panel discussion at the Berkeley Rep

Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 8:00pm

The Graduate Theological Union, along with the Center for the Arts, Religion, and Education and the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion, invite you to join us for a discussion following the May 14, 2015 performance of the Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s Head of Passes, which is based in part on the Book of Job.

The discussion will occur in the Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s cafe following the performance and include a panel of experts, including:

Aesthetics and Politics of Exhibitions: Museums, Muslims, Memory

Friday, May 1, 2015 - 12:00pm

A CARE brown bag lunch, featuring Dr. Munir Jiwa, CARE Fall 2014 Grant Recipient, who presents on the research he conducted on the representation and use of Islamic art/history in institutions from New York to Doha, the mobilization of aesthetic capital, and the cultivation of new museum subjects and publics. Institutions studied include the Museum of Islamic Art, Doha Qatar; Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates; Metropolitan Museum of Islamic Art, New York; and Aga Khan Museum, Toronto, Canada.

Islamic Identity in the West

Monday, April 27, 2015 - 7:00pm

Featuring Som Pourfarzaneh, associate director of the GTU's Center for Islamic Studies, with Muhammad Umar Faruque, Naweed Mohabbat, and Furyal Maymood of UC Berkeley.

Location: Evans 87, University of California, Berkeley

 

 

"Following the Road of Fire": The Emergence of Teilhard de Chardin's Panchristic Mysticism during the First World War by Ursula King

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 7:00pm

Please join us for an exciting lecture about Teilhard de ChardinSixty years after the death of the great Jesuit paleontologist and theologian, Dr.

Mining the Collection: Finding Meaning in the Mess

Tuesday, June 9, 2015 (All day) to Friday, August 28, 2015 (All day)

Please come enjoy, contemplate, and experience the interactions of this exciting collaborative exhibit. Judith Selby Lang and Richard Lang will contribute pieces from their collection, which bring attention to the problem of plastic pollution through colorful and sensitive artwork created from these plastic remnants. The Langs will also work with Badè Museum curators to explore & select pieces for display from the Museum's Iron Age Tell en-Nasbeh collection, from which we we have a legacy of pottery sherds and ceramic figurines.

CircumNavigators: Exhibit at Flora Lamson Hewlett Library

Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 6:00pm

The Flora Lamson Hewlett Library will be hosting an art exhibit entitled CircumNavigators, by Christel Dillbohner and Danae Mattes from April 30 - August 15, 2015.
Please join us for a reception for the artists on April 30th, 6pm-8pm with a special event, "Interval at the Atrium" at 7pm.
Special thanks to the Jane Dillenberger Fine Arts Endowment for making this exhibition possible.

Location: GTU 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley CA
Open & Free to the Public during Library Hours
(510) 649-2500

Institute of Buddhist Studies Hosting 17th Biennial IASBS Conference

Thursday, August 6, 2015 (All day) to Sunday, August 9, 2015 (All day)

The Institute of Buddhist Studies is pleased to host the 17th Biennial meeting the International Association of Shin Buddhist Studies.

Registration is now open! Housing is provided at the Jodo Shinshu Center and the Berkeley Club.

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