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The Lerner Workshop in Religion and Society

Lerner Foundation Gift Establishes Permanent Fund for Religious Studies Program

The generous contribution of the Lerner family has allowed the Religious Studies Program to create The Lerner Workshop in Religion and Society.  Each year a renowned scholar is invited to NYU for a distinguished lecture and seminar.  Speakers will address issues that correspond with the Program's ongoing mission to explore religious practice and belief as integral parts of human social life.  As the Program faculty's intellectual interests, as well as its close working relationship with the Center for Religion and Media and the joint MA degree with the Department of Journalism attest, a central part of our intellectual and institutional project is to create public contexts for the kind of conversations about religion and social life that usually only occur in the academy: just as religion is something fundamentally public (even when privatized), so the conversation about it should be as well.  As our wide interdisciplinary approach includes anthropological, historical, literary, and philosophical approaches to the study of religion, so the invited speaker is asked to "think big" about the given topic. 


DISTINGUISHED LECTURE SERIES

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November 3, 2016
Finbarr Barry Flood (Institute of Fine Arts and Department of Art History, NYU)
European Moments in the making of Islam's "Image Problem"

6:00pm to 7:30pm
Reception to follow

The Torch Club, 18 Waverly Place

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October 8, 2015
Graham M. Jones (Department of Anthropology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
From Tricks to Truth? Magic as Religious Metaphor

5:00pm to 6:30pm
Reception to follow

The Torch Club, 18 Waverly Place

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October 1, 2014
Kathryn Lofton (Department of Religious Studies, Yale University)
Do Not Tamper With the Clues: What The Goldman Sachs Group Can Tell Us About Religion

6:00pm to 7:30pm
Reception to follow
Jurow Lecture Hall, Silver Center, 100 Washington Square East

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November 6, 2013
William Cavanaugh (Department of Catholic Studies, DePaul University)
The Myth of Religious Violence
 
6:00pm to 7:30pm
Reception to follow
Jurow Lecture Hall, Silver Center, 100 Washington Square East

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JEFFREY STOUT (Department of Religion, Princeton University)
SHADOW OF A DOUBT:  Hitchcock on Augustine, Freud, and Horrendous Evil

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April 26, 2012
Inaugural Lecture by Diane Winston
Religion, Sexuality and AIDS: All the News That's Fit to Print

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