Sponsored by the Faculty of Religious Studies
Buddhism in a Globalised World
Public lecture by Professor Geoffrey Samuel
February 1, 4:00 p.m., Birks Building
Possessed by a Goddess: The Virgin Mary in South India
Public lecture by Professor Kristin Bloomer
January 11, 5:00 p.m., Birks Heritage Chapel
What is the unity we pray for?
A bilingual public discussion on ecumenical cooperation between various Christian denominations, and renowed figures of contemporary Christian dialogue.
September 25 at 7:00 p.m., Henry and William Birks Building
Why do I do as you say?: Theorizing (Vedic) Action in Classical Indian Philosophy
A public talk by Dr. Rajam Raghunathan, March 29 at 1:00 p.m., Henry and William Birks Building
Do our Sacred Texts Promote Religious Intolerance?
A public panel presentations and discussions, March 28 at 7:30 p.m., Henry and William Birks Building
Fostering Excellence in the Study of Religion
American Academy of Religion (AAR) meeting, November 17-20.
Trauma and Transformation: The Catholic Church and the Sexual Abuse Crisis
14-15 October 2011.
For various reasons, the Catholic Church has emerged as the critical “case study” for the sexual abuse of minors and children within institutional settings. As this crisis unfolds, a wealth of data as well as psychological, ethical, legal, historical, and sociological analysis has been generated. This conference zeros in on these developments and attempts to glean the lessons learned from the trauma of, and evolving responses to, the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church. Salt and Light Productions has produced a DVD documentary of the Trauma and Transformation conference. You can view the trailor for the documentary and/or purchase the DVD set of the documentary and the entire conference.
Rethinking Secularism (podcast)
A Conversation with Professors Charles Taylor and Jose Casanova (Georgetown University)
Oct. 12, 3:30 p.m., Redpath Museum Auditorium.
Recent decades have brought an increased awareness of the role that religion plays in the cultural, social and political dynamics of both local and world affairs. The “resurgence” of religion in the public sphere calls for a reconsideration of how we define 'secular', as well as pointing to a need to revisit theories of secularism and the dominant 'modes of secularism' in the public sphere. Charles Taylor and Jose Casanova are two of the leading scholars in the field of social sciences who are challenging these issues and ideas.
2nd Global Conference on World's Religions after September 11, Peace through Religion
Sponsored by the Faculty of Religious Studies and the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism
Shared Purpose: A Religious Response to the Climate Change
Lecture by Reverend Canon Sally Bingham
The (Lost) Idea of the University
Newman Lecture, Professor Douglas Farrow, November 25 at 5:30 p.m.
McGill Initiative in Faith and Globalization
Stamp and Cylinder Seals of Ancient Times
Mr. Stuart Mather, collector. Thursday, October 21 at 4:00 p.m.
The Rites of Others: A Lecture on Religion in the Roman Empire
A lecture by Professor Clifford Ando. October 1 at 3 p.m.
South Asian Religions Distinguished Lectureship
Friday, March 5
MIRA: Cinematic Citations of a Radical Woman Saint by Professor Philip Lutgendorf
International Symposium, November 5-6
The Legacy of Wilfred Cantwell Smith
Guest lecturers, presentation of papers and panel discussions
The Legacy of Wilfred Cantwell Smith
The Dead Sea Scrolls in Canada: An Untold Story
Religious Individualisation in the Roman Empire" by Professor Jörg Rüpke
Birks Wadsworth Lectures 2009
Pluralism, Religion and Public Policy lecture
In Defense of Religious Liberty
Professor David Novak, Birks Heritage Chapel
Kabir: Word Sound and Image