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Maurice Wallace (UVA) “The Cantor King: Architecture, Acoustics and the Tremulous Martin Luther King Jr.”

This event is part of the VCSR Flash-Seminar Series on Religion, Race, and Democracy.
To reserve a lunch, please rsvp to Tierre Sanford (ts3bm@virginia.edu) by October 31.

On August 27, 1967 at Mt. Pisgah Missionary Bapist Church in Chicago, King preached a sermon title “Why Jesus Called a Man a Fool” based on a Lukan parable. Considered one of King’s “great” sermons, the success of King’s sermonic performance of “Why Jesus Called a Man a Fool” relied in part on the acoustical design and sonic memory of the former Jewish synagogue where the preaching event took place.  This talk traces the early history of Mt. Pisgah to two prominent Jewish Chicagoans, an architect, Alfred S. Alschuler (1876-1940) and a rabbi, the “radical reformer” Emil Gustav Hirsch (1851-1923).  The space designed by Alschuler to maximize the dynamic preaching of Hirch at then-Sinai Congregation was acoustically well-suited to King’s own “reform” preaching a half-century later.

For further information contact Asher Biemann (ab5j@virginia.edu) or Natasha Heller (nlh4x@virginia.edu).

Sponsored by the Virginia Center for the Study of Religion and
the Jewish Studies Program.

Professor John Stratton Hawley, “Between Poem and Painting: Krishna now showing at the VMFA, Richmond”

Lecture by Professor John Stratton Hawley, the Claire Tow Professor of Religion
at Barnard College/Colombia University.

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This lecture is sponsored by the Virginia Center for the Study of Religion, the Department of Art, the Department of Religious Studies, the Institute for the Humanities and Global Cultures, and
the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Language and Cultures. 

 

“Antonin Artaud and Balinese Theatre, or the Influence of the Eastern on the Western Stage”

Join us for a lecture with Professor Lyne Bansat-Boudon, Directeur d’études, Ecole pratique des hautes études (section des sciences religiueses) and Honorary Senior Member of the Institut universitaire de France. The lecture will be on Friday, March 30 at 3:00pm in Nau Hall, Room 342.

Sponsored by the Department of French, the Department of Religious Studies, VCSR, and the Insitute of the Humanities and Global Culture (IHGC)

Flash Seminar # 3

Janet Spittler, Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at UVA, leads an hour long seminar on “The Past (and Present) of Biblical Interpretation in Service of White Supremacy”, at 12:00 P.M. in Nau Hall 342 on November 13th, 2017.

Book-Launch Party

VCSR holds a Book-Launch Party for our Professor Elizabeth Shanks Alexander from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. in Nau Hall 342 on Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 around the occasion of the publication of her new edited volume, Elizabeth Shanks Alexander and Beth A. Berkowitz, Religious Studies and Rabbinics: A Conversation (London and New York: Routledge Press, 2018).

 

Flash Seminar # 2

John Nemec, Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at UVA, leads an hour long seminar on “Fighting with Gandhi: The Strategies and Tactics of Non-Violent Social Action,” at 12:00 P. M. in Nau Hall 342 on October 23, 2017.

Flash Seminar # 1

Paul Jones, Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at UVA, leads an hour long seminar on “The Barmen Declaration (1934): The German ‘Confessing Church’ in Protest Against Nazism”, at 12:00 P.M. in Nau Hall 342 on September 25th, 2017.