Sponsored by the School of Religious Studies


CREOR sponsored book launch. The Adamantine Songs: Study, Translation and Tibetan Critical Edition, by Professor Lara Braitstein.
Friday, January 29, 2016, 5:00 p.m., Paragraphe Books, 2220 McGill College, Montreal.


Religion and Conscience in Court. A symposium on freedom of conscience and religion, with Justice LeBel and other guests, followed by a public lecture from Professor Rémi Brague.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 9:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m., Birks Heritage Chapel.
For more information click here.

View the panel's opening presentation on YouTube.

CREOR Graduate student conference. Public lecture by Professor Ian Stewart, Assistant Professor in the History of Science and Technology Programme at University of King's College, and Adjunct at the Department of Classics, Dalhousie University.
Religious Ideas and Scientific Thought, Friday, September 25, 5:30-8:00 p.m., 2015, Birks Heritage Chapel.
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2e Colloque International, Société Francophone de Philosophie de la Religion
Religion et Vérité: Taches et défies d'une philosophie de la religion a l'Age séculier, Friday, October 2, 2015, Birks Heritage Chapel; Saturday, October 3, University of Montreal; Sunday, October 4, Birks Heritage Chapel.
View the website at this link.

CREOR sponsored lecture by Professor Shrikant Bahulkar, Monday, October 5, 2015, 3:00-5:30 p.m., Birks Heritage Chapel.

Great Encounter: A Symposium in Celebration of Victor Sogen Hori, Saturday, October 17, 2015, 9:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Birks Building.
For more information click here.

CERC Plenary—Religion in the Text and on the Ground: The Convergence of Historiography and Ethnography in Religious Studies, May 8 to 10. Admission to the Conference is by registration. Please contact Fred Tappenden (frederick.tappenden [at] or Adam Barnett (adam.barnett [at]

Public event, with Keynote speaker Charles Taylor, Religious Mutations in our Time?, Friday, May 8, 5:00 p.m., Birks Chapel, 3520 University Street.

Public event, Concert by Baba Brinkman, “Rap Guide to Religion.”Saturday, May 9, 8:30 p.m., Birks Chapel, 3520 University Street.

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Eastern International Regional Meeting of AAR American Academy of Religion, Desire & Devotion. May 1 and 2, 2015, McGill University.

Memory and Performance: A colloquium in memory of Ellen Bradshaw Aitken. Thursday April 30, 2015, Birks Building, 3520 University, Montreal, Quebec.
Click here to see the Poster and Program.

Public talk by Stephen Schettini, ex-Buddhist monk, author and host of
The Perils of Belief, Tuesday, April 8, 2015, Birks Building, 3520 University, Montreal, Quebec.

Lecture by Ven. Shi Huifeng, Assistant Abbot of Fo Guang Shan Temple, Taiwan, “Know Mind, Cultivate Mind: Buddhist Psychology”. Monday, February 2, 3:00-5:00p.m., Birks Chapel, 3520 University Street.


Public lecture by Professor John J. Collins, Holmes Professor of Old Testament Criticism and Interpretation, Yale Divinity School
Click here to view the Poster;
Torah and Jewish Identity in Second Temple Judaism, Tuesday, October 21
Non-Mosaid forms of Judaism in the Second Temple Period, Wednesday, October 22
October 21 lecture on youtube; October 21 lecture on youtube

Montreal School of Theology 100th Anniversray Celebration, September 24, 3:15 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

An International Scholarly Research Colloquium, Coming Back to Life: Memory, Cognition and Performance in the Ancient Mediterranean, held at McGill University and Concordia University, May 8 to 11.

Book launch, Soldier of Christ, The Life of Pope Pius XII by Professor Robert A. Ventrasca, Monday, March 10.

Public lecture by Professor Armando Salvatore, Oriental Studies University, Naples — L'Orientale, Thursday, March 13, 2:30-4:00 p.m., Birks Building, 3520 University Street, Room 100.
"The Interaction Among Faith Traditions: Regional Entanglements and Global Circulation."

An interdepartmental lecture by Professor Luther H. Martin, Friday, March 14, 3:30 p.m., Birks Heritage Chapel, Birks Building, 3520 University Street.
Evolution, Cognition, and History

CREOR Graduate student conference 2014: Plenary Lecture by Kajri Jain: "Images and the Modernity of Religion", Friday, March 21, 5:30, Birks Heritage Chapel, Birks Building, 3520 University Street. Click here for more information.

Public lecture by Professor Paul Heck, Georgetown University, Washington D.C., Thursday, March 27, 2:30-4:00 p.m., Birks Building, 3520 University Street, Room 100.
"The indwelling (al-Sakina) according to Islam: Some Reflections."

A CREOR lecture by Captain Harold Ristau, Ph.D., Monday, January 20 at 4:30 p.m., Faculty Room, Birks Building, 3520 University Street.
'At Peace with War': A Chaplain's Meditations from Afghanistan

The Newman Institute of Catholic Studies presents a public lecture by Professor Douglas Farrow, Kennedy Smith Chair in Catholic Studies, Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:00 p.m., Newman Centre, 3484 Peel Street.
Catholics and the 'Neutral' State

A CREOR lecture by Professor Wayne Hankey, Carnegie Professor and Chair of Classics and Religious Studies, Tuesday, February 18 at 4:30 p.m., Faculty Room, Birks Heritage Building, 3520 University Street.
Conversion: Ontological and Secular from Plato to Tom Jones

The Legacy of Claude Ryan. Liberalism, Faith and Secularity; Libéralisme, foi et laïcité, February 13-14, 2014.
Website. To view videos of the symposium click here.


This Fall CREOR lecture series will address the theme of religion and performance in South Asia. The lectures will be held on September 25 to November 27, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. in the Birks Heritage Chapel. All lectures are open to the general public.

A Pluralism, Religion and Public Policy Symposium, October 3-5
Religious Freedom in Education.

Inaugural Birks Forum on the World's Religions and Public Life, June 22-23, 2013
Religion & Foreign Policy: The Global Challenges of Religious Pluralism
Click here to register. Questions? Please contact dean.relgstud [at]
Click here to view the videos.

Bridging the Secular Divide, Monday-Tuesday, May 27-28.
Videorecordings of the conference sessions are available here.

A Symposium on Philosophy of Religion, Thursday, April 25
Future of Philosophy of Religion, Has Philosophy of Religion a Future?

Public lecture by Professor Geoffrey Samuel, February 1, 4:00 p.m.
Buddhism in a Globalised World

Public lecture by Professor Kristin Bloomer, January 11, 5:00 p.m.
Possessed by a Goddess: The Virgin Mary in South India


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

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.
What is the unity we pray for?

A public talk by Dr. Rajam Raghunathan, March 29 at 1:00 p.m.
Why do I do as you say?: Theorizing (Vedic) Action in Classical Indian Philosophy

A public panel presentations and discussions, March 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Do our Sacred Texts Promote Religious Intolerance?; podcast

American Academy of Religion (AAR) meeting, November 17-20
Fostering Excellence in the Study of Religion

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


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