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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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Richard Wheeler with the Dalai Lama

Richard Warren Wheeler, Former CSWR Advisory Board Member and Chairman, 1929-2020

April 20, 2020

Richard Warren Wheeler,

February 8, 1929-April 20, 2020

CSWR Advisory Board Member and Chairman, 1974-1989

The CSWR celebrates the life and contributions of longtime Advisory Board member Richard Warren Wheeler who died April 20, 2020 at the age of 91. Rick was a friend of CSWR and longtime Advisory Board Member. His family has contributed the following information.  

Richard Warren Wheeler, 91, longtime Concord resident, died at his home on April 20, 2020, surrounded by family. Both his long, accomplished career and...

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Vivian Liska

Video: The Jew as Migrant: From Theory to Poetry

March 2, 2020

On February 25, Vivian Liska, Professor of German literature and director of the Institute of Jewish Studies at the University of Antwerp, Belgium, delivered the annual List Lecture in Jewish Studies at the CSWR.

The Jew as archetypal migrant is a pervasive trope in philosophy, politics, and the arts. Since Biblical times, the condition of exile was a source of discrimination, oppression, and suffering. Recent philosophical discourse, however, often regards it as the embodiment of a glorious deterritorialization that overlooks the hardship inherent in exile and migration....

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