Events

The CSWR sponsors a variety of formal and informal academic programs designed to engage scholars and students of religious studies in what is becoming an increasingly globalized field, including lectures, film screenings, conferences and colloquia, panel discussions, and more, many of which are open to the public. CSWR events are wide ranging, covering the historical study of the religions of the world, as well as lived traditions and current events. Events that are open to the public are listed below. Video, audio, and photos of past events are available on our News and Events page.

  • See Map and Directions for information on getting to the CSWR.
  • The CSWR facilities are wheelchair accessible.
  • Public parking is not readily available in the immediate vicinity of the CSWR, although there is limited metered parking nearby, on Oxford, Kirkland, and Beacon Streets.
  • For additional information, email Ariella Ruth Goldberg or call 617.495.4476.

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CSWR Events Videos

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Video: The Campaign for (White) Christian America: Lauren R. Kerby in Conversation with Jeff Sharlet

October 7, 2020

As the 2020 presidential election nears, Lauren R. Kerby and Jeff Sharlet discussed the politics of white evangelicals in the U.S. today. Kerby's book, Saving History: How White Evangelicals Tour the Nation's Capital and Redeem a Christian America, offers a starting point for this important conversation about how race, nationalism, and Christianity become entangled for many white evangelicals through what they learn from their leaders about American history.

Their political commitments are baffling to many observers, but this conversation will explore how white...

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Roland Griffiths presents Psilocybin and Mystical Experience

Video: Psilocybin and Mystical Experience: Implications for Healthy Psychological Functioning, Spirituality, and Religion

September 29, 2020

Mystical-type experiences are profound and often characterized by an authoritative sense of the unity and sacredness and sometimes interpreted as an encounter with God or Ultimate Reality. Although such experiences have been described by mystics and religious figures throughout the ages, there are few experimental studies because such experiences usually occur at low rates and often unpredictably. Psilocybin in the form the Psilocybe genus of mushrooms has been used for centuries within some cultures for religious and healing purposes.... Read more about Video: Psilocybin and Mystical Experience: Implications for Healthy Psychological Functioning, Spirituality, and Religion

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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