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“Geometric Patterns in Islamic Art.”

Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 11:00am

An illustrated lecture by CIS Visiting Scholar Carol Bier, one of many programs offered as part of the inaugural National Math Festival in Washington DC, sponsored by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (Berkeley) and the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton) in cooperation with Smithsonian Institution. The festival is “dedicated to discovering the delight and power of mathematics in everyday life.”  11AM (repeated at 1PM) Location: Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.

Roads to Paradise: Eschatology and Concepts of the Hereafter in Islam

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 12:00pm

Lecture by Dr. Todd Lawson, Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto.  Co-sponsored by the Center for Islamic Studies. 12PM-2PM Location: Dinner Board Room, Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, Graduate Theological Union, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley, CA, 94709.

“Thinking Through De-Colonization: Un-Reforming Islam and Contesting Eurocentric Epistemic Structures.”

Friday, March 13, 2015 - 7:00pm

Monday, April 13, 6PM Reception, 7PM Lecture

“Thinking Through De-Colonization: Un-Reforming Islam and Contesting Eurocentric Epistemic Structures.”  Tolson Lecture by Dr. Hatem Bazian.  Co-sponsored by the Center for Islamic Studies.  Location: Badé Museum, Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Ave., Berkeley, CA 94709.

“Encountering the Silk Road in Western China: Then and Now.”

Monday, April 6, 2015 - 7:30pm

Lecture and discussion with CIS Visiting Scholar Carol Bier, inspired by her recent travels in western China (eastern Turkestan), addressing perplexities she encountered with regard to geography and the environment, ethnicity and identity, religion and the arts along ancient trade routes. Location: The Hillside Club, Berkeley CA (www.hillsideclub.org).

“Forging Islamic Authority: Navigating Text and Context in the Modern World.”

Saturday, April 4, 2015 - 8:00am

Second Annual Zaytuna College Conference on Higher Education. Co-sponsored by the Center for Islamic Studies. 8AM-7PM Location: Zaytuna College, 2401 Le Conte Ave., Berkeley, CA 94709 (http://zaytuna.org/static/2nd_annual_zaytuna_college_conference_on_higher_education).

2015 Surjit Singh Lecture

Friday, April 10, 2015 - 2:00pm

The 2015 Surjit Singh Lecture on Comparative Religious Thought and Culture is entitled "Interreligious Relations as Friendship: M.K. Gandhi and Charles Freer Andrews." Our featured speaker is Dr. Anantanand Rambachan, professor of religion at Saint Olaf College in Minnesota.

2:00 Reception

Life as Sacred Text: The Life and Times of a Tibetan Buddhist Monk

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 7:00pm

The GTU's 23rd Annual Reading of the Sacred Text event features a lecture by the Venerable Thepo Rinpoche, the 8th Thepo Tulku. The 7:00 pm lecture is preceded by a reception at 6:30.

Dinner Board Room, 2400 Ridge Rd, Berkeley 

Reception for Naomi Seidman: March 16th, 1:00pm

Monday, March 16, 2015 - 1:00pm

The Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies at the Graduate Theological Union cordially invites you to a reception in honor of Naomi Seidman for twenty years of inspirational scholarship, teaching and leadership at the GTU. 

Please join us for the event on March 16th, 2015 at 1:00pm at the GTU Library, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley CA. We look forward to gathering Naomi’s students, colleagues, and close collaborators to celebrate her achievements. 

"Exploring Icons: From Veneration to Preservation" Panel Discussion

Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 5:00pm

The Center for the Arts, Religion, and Education is hosting this panel discussion.

5:00-7:00pm.     Light refreshments provided.

Panelists include:

·         His Eminence Metropolitan Nikitas, Director, Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute

·         Dr. Rossitza Schroeder, CARE/PSR Assistant Professor of Art & Religion, and Doug Adams Gallery Guest Curator

·         Elisabeth Cornu, Art Conservator

Brown Bag Lunch Series: Invisibility = Death

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 12:00pm

Justin Tannis, Managing Director of the Center for Lesbian & Gay Studies in Religion & Ministry at the Pacific School of Religion, will lead an examination of three HIV+ artists, Juan Gonzalez, Albert Winn, and David Wojnarowicz and the ways in which their work embodies the efforts to make the suffering of those impacted by HIV/AIDS visible.  Doug Adams Gallery, 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley, CA 

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