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Video: Writing and the Art of Attention

September 12, 2018

Religious traditions insist on the importance of cultivating our faculty of attention, whether it be attention to ourselves, others, our environment, or the presence of the divine in any of these three. This panel will explore whether and how the practice of writing, especially fiction writing, helps us cultivate this art of attention. What is it about writing, and the imagination and patience required, that helps us learn how better to attend?... Read more about Video: Writing and the Art of Attention

Spiritual but not Religious

Video: The Future of "Spiritual, But Not Religious"

April 13, 2018

“I am spiritual but not religious.” We have all heard this phrase. But, where did this expression come from? What does it mean today? And what may it mean tomorrow? This panel explores these questions, clarify surrounding scholarship, and forwards the conversation. Panelists include Charles M. Stang, Robert C. Fuller, Linda A. Mercadante, and Jeffrey Kripal.... Read more about Video: The Future of "Spiritual, But Not Religious"

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The Future of "Spiritual, but Not Religious": An Interview with Dr. William Parsons.

April 9, 2018

On Friday, April 13, at 4:00 PM, the CSWR will host a public panel featuring Linda Mercadante, Robert Fuller, Jeffrey Kripal, and Charles M. Stang, entitled "The Future of 'Spiritual, but Not Religious'".  This public panel is part of a collaboration between the CSWR and the Esalen Institute on a conference called "Spiritual, but Not Religious: Past, Present, Future(s)."  Dr. William B. Parsons, Professor of Religious Studies at Rice University and one of the main organizers of this conference, spoke about the Spiritual but Not Religious movement, its history, and the role...

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Video: Arvo Pärt's White Light: A Panel and Performance

March 26, 2018

Estonian composer Arvo Pärt is the most performed living composer in the world today. His style is often characterized as a “mystic” or “holy” minimalism, inspired in part by Gregorian chant. This panel explores the religious dimensions of Pärt’s music and how it has been received, performed, and adapted for various vocal and instrumental ensembles.

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Arvo Pärt's White Light: An Interview with Dr. Laura Dolp

March 22, 2018

On March 26, Dr. Laura Dolp of Montclair State University will participate in a panel discussion with Dr. Andrew Shenton of Boston University, Dr. Charles Stang, Director of the CSWR, and Kythe Heller, PhD candidate at Harvard University, regarding the work of renowned Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. Below, Dr. Dolp spoke about the intersection of religion and spirituality in Pärt's work, and how his music and influence extends to other fields:

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Professor Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad

Speaking For and Against Oneself: An Interview with Dr. Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad

March 12, 2018

Please note that due to inclement weather, the annual Hindu View of Life lecture has been canceled, and will be rescheduled at a future date.

Dr. Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad will give the annual Hindu View of Life lecture, entitled "Speaking For and Against Oneself".  Dr. Ram-Prasad, a Fellow of the British Academy and Distinguished Professor of Comparative Religion and Philosophy, will draw upon Hindu sources and his own experiences to examine the relationship between Hinduism and a multifaceted identity.  Below, Dr. Ram-Prasad spoke about his work and how it...

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Prof. Dan McKanan

Video: Eco-Alchemy: Anthroposophy and the History and Future of Environmentalism

March 6, 2018

Dan McKanan, Ralph Waldo Emerson Unitarian Universalist Association Senior Lecturer in Divinity (HDS), discusses his recent publication, Eco-Alchemy: Anthroposophy and the History and Future of Environmentalism. Terry Tempest Williams (HDS) and Rebecca Kneale Gould (Middlebury College) serve as respondents.

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