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This discussion between CSWR Director Charles Stang and author Brian Muraresku took place on Febrary 1, 2021.

Video: Psychedelics: The Ancient Religion with No Name?

February 12, 2021

The most influential religious historian of the twentieth century, Huston Smith, once referred to it as the "best-kept secret" in history. Did the ancient Greeks use drugs to find God? And did the earliest Christians inherit the same secret tradition? A profound knowledge of visionary plants, herbs, and fungi passed from one generation to the next, ever since the Stone Age?... Read more about Video: Psychedelics: The Ancient Religion with No Name?

"Black And Buddhist: What Buddhism Can Teach Us about Race, Resilience, Transformation, and Freedom" event poster image

Video: Black And Buddhist: What Buddhism Can Teach Us about Race, Resilience, Transformation, and Freedom

January 8, 2021

Buddhism is a way of life, a philosophy, a psychology, a set of ethics, a religion, or a combination thereof. Central to the many ways Buddhism is understood is the achievement of emotional, mental, and psychological wellness. African Americans are at perpetual risk of psychological imbalance and trauma due to the social realities of racism in the United States.... Read more about Video: Black And Buddhist: What Buddhism Can Teach Us about Race, Resilience, Transformation, and Freedom

Sisters of the Psychedelic Revolution: A Conversation with Leni Sinclair and Genie Parker

Video: Sisters of the Psychedelic Revolution: A Conversation with Leni Sinclair and Genie Parker

November 24, 2020

Hippie culture left a lasting impression on the Mid-West of the United States. Historians tend to portray the Haight Ashbury of San Francisco and the East Village of Manhattan as America’s foremost psychedelic hotspots, but it was in the college town of Ann Arbor, Michigan, that the psychedelic revolution seems to have succeeded, at least partially.... Read more about Video: Sisters of the Psychedelic Revolution: A Conversation with Leni Sinclair and Genie Parker

The Religion of White Rage

Video: The Religion of White Rage

November 5, 2020

This panel discussion of "The Religion of White Rage" was held November 2 with the book’s three editors, as part of the Center for the Study of World Religion's series on “Race, Religion, and Nationalism.” This book sheds light on the phenomenon of white rage, and maps out the uneasy relationship between white anxiety, religious fervor, American identity, and perceived black racial progress. Among other things, the book examines the sociological construct of the “white laborer,” whose concerns and beliefs, this book argues, can be understood as religious in foundation. The book argues further that white religious fervor correlates to notions of perceived white loss and perceived black progress.... Read more about Video: The Religion of White Rage

Medicalizing Mysticism

Video: Medicalizing Mysticism: Religion in Contemporary Psychedelic Trials

November 3, 2020

Amid the so-called psychedelic “renaissance” in science, researchers at Johns Hopkins University, New York University, and elsewhere report that they can occasion “mystical-type experiences” among trial volunteers being treated for depression, addiction, end-of-life anxiety, and other conditions.

Many studies correlate the strength of this experience with the therapeutic outcome. Other recent studies administer psychedelics to religious professionals without a clear therapeutic aim. In this case, an experience that might be assumed to be accessible to religious clergy through...

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Fred Moten

Video: Fred Moten: Note on a Blue Note in The Gospel of Barbecue

October 27, 2020

Fred Moten, a 2020 MacArthur Fellow, discussed a poem called "On Listening to the Two-Headed Lady Blow Her Horn," which is from Honorée Fanonne Jeffers's extraordinary collection, The Gospel of Barbecue

He talked—in the wake and under the influence of Manolo Callahan, J. Kameron Carter, Ruby Sales and Frank Stewart—about how the disruption of the metaphysics of sovereignty which the physics of the barbecue undertakes is held, and held open, and released in Jeffers's rich musicality. After failing properly to analyze a musicality that defies analysis, he...

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Giovanni Bazzana discussed his recent book, "Having the Spirit of Christ: Spirit Possession and Exorcism in the Early Christ Groups," on October 7, 2020.

Video: Having the Spirit of Christ: Spirit Possession and Exorcism in the Early Christ Groups

October 26, 2020

Giovanni Bazzana, HDS Professor of New Testament, discussed his recent book, "Having the Spirit of Christ: Spirit Possession and Exorcism in the Early Christ Groups," on October 7, 2020. Angela Kim Harkins (Boston College) and William Arnal (University of Regina) served as respondents.... Read more about Video: Having the Spirit of Christ: Spirit Possession and Exorcism in the Early Christ Groups