On April 3rd, Ousmane Kane, HDS Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Professor of Contemporary Islamic Religion and Society and Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, discussed his recent publication, Beyond Timbuktu: An Intellectual History of Muslim West Africa.
On March 8th, Center for the Study of World Religions (CSWR) resident and MDiv candidate at Harvard Divinity School (HDS), Melissa Lago, gave a presentation entitled, “Embodied Practices and Poetry.” She began by sharing what led her to her interest in embodied practices and poetry and how her courses at HDS have supported her research. Then she invited residents to participate in a guided yoga practice accompanied by music, which was followed by reading, reflecting on, and discussing the poem Traveling Companions, by Rumi. Read more about Embodied Practices and Poetry
On March 2, I was happy to give several lectures at Colgate University, Hamilton, New York, at the invitation of Professor Steven Kepnes, Chair of the Department of Religion and Professor of Religion and Jewish Studies. Read more about CSWR Director visits Chapel House
On March 1st, CSWR resident Nina Bryce led a workshop entitled “Peace in Myself, Peace in the World.” Nina began by framing this workshop within her work in the field of youth development and within her studies at HDS. Having been a full time youth worker before starting the MDiv at HDS last fall, Nina is interested in the meeting place of spiritual practice and social change and has found youth work with teenagers to be an area ripe with possibility for this work. Read more about Peace in Myself, Peace in the World
In CSWR's Annual Comparative Theology Lecture, Robert C. Neville, Professor of Philosophy, Religion, and Theology at the Boston University School of Theology, discusses the nature of comparative theology and the different approaches one could take: being grounded in a home tradition versus using a comparative approach to inform one’s own ideas about religion. Read more about Video: Religion-Specific or Trans-Religious?
On February 22nd, CSWR resident Soltan Bryce gave an autobiographical presentation titled “An Autoethnographic Case Study in Intersectional Identities.” Soltan framed his talk by tying his lived experience as part of the CSWR community to the Center’s founding principles and mission. By exploring his own intersectional history, Soltan contributed to a shared understanding of contemporary faith identities and the complex role that religion plays in modern societal structures. Read more about A Case Study in Intersectional Identities: Autoethnography of Soltan Bryce