Sponsored by the Faculty of Religious Studies

Birks Lecture Series


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


The Question Atheism Can't Answer
Public lecture by Professor Rémi Brague, October 9, 5:30 p.m., Birks Heritage Chapel
Remi Brague at McGill

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.

Christianity and Islam: Way-stations on a Journey
A lecture by Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch. Co-sponsored by the Faculty of Religious Studies
February 13 at 4 p.m., McGill Faculty Club


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
September 7

Beyond the Roddick Gates: What They Didn’t Tell Me in Graduate School
February 5-6.


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
November 12.

Polyphonic: Thinking about the Divine; Brochure
A symposium in honour of Dr. Maurice Boutin, November 12-13.

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

American Academy of Religion (AAR) meeting
November 7-9
AAR Montreal 2009 Invitation
; AAR website

Special Event
November 8
The Dead Sea Scrolls in Canada: An Untold Story

Public Lecture
October 20
Religious Individualisation in the Roman Empire" by Professor Jörg Rüpke

Birks Lecture
October 13
Birks Wadsworth Lectures 2009

Buddhism and Islam
May 29-30
Encounters, Histories, Dialogue and Representation
Poster; Website

Pluralism, Religion and Public Policy lecture
March 26

In Defense of Religious Liberty
Professor David Novak, Birks Heritage Chapel

Kabir: Word Sound and Image
March, 12-14


Peter Martyr Vermigli Conference: Humanism, Hebraism & Scholasticism
August 8-10
Peter Martyr Vermigli Conference
Peter Martyr Vermigli Programme