On October 16, renowned sociologist Jose Casanova of the Berkley Center's Program on Globalization, Religion and the Secular at Georgetown University spoke about
his research on current global trends of diversity and secularization to a crowd of faculty,
graduate students, and members of the public.
September 29, Robert Erlewine presented his analysis of the work of
German-Jewish thinker Franz Rosenzweig, author of The Star of Redemption (1921). Through his examination of
Rosenzweig’s attitudes toward Christianity and Islam, Erlewine explored the
representation of the Abrahamic religions in modern Jewish thought.
Institute for Spirituality and Health program manager Cyrus Wirls has led an initiative for a seminar series that features health perspectives from speakers of various backgrounds: Islam, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, and Judaism. The series continued on October 27, when Dr. Sarath Menon-Chembottil and Dr. Harish Chandra spoke on their experiences with Hinduism and its relation to health practices.
The Boniuk Institute recently co-hosted a discussion with the Aga Khan Council for the Southwestern United Statesheld at The Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center in Sugar Land, Texas. Dr. Farhad Daftary and Dr. Gurdofarid Miskinzoda, two scholars from the Institute of Ismaili Studies, a research and educational institution in London founded by the Aga Khan, participated in a discussion moderated by the Boniuk Institute’s Dr. Zahra Jamal.
In September and October, the Boniuk Institute co-sponsored three talks with Bruce Yaeger, who seeks to dispel the image of religion and science as being "at war" based on historical data. For Yaeger, the relationship between religion and science is less an existential war between two opposing worldviews, and more a dialogue between two different ways of looking at the universe.
On September 29, Dr. Anne Klein and Dr. Stephanie Thomas spoke on their experiences with Buddhist practice as it relates to health. This talk was a part of The Institute for Spirituality and Health's World Religions Perspectives on Health series of seminars.
The Boniuk Institute will co-sponsor a course in the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies. Boniuk Institute Directors will co-teach the course
Diversity and Understanding in Today’s World.
The Rose Ensemble performed in conjunction with the Bellaire High School choir on October 18 at St. Philip’s Presbyterian Church. The concert included a series of pieces from the convivencia (a period of Spanish history marked by peaceful coexistence of the Abrahamic faiths) that engage Christian, Jewish, and Muslim themes in medieval Spanish, Judeo-Spanish (also known as Ladino), and Arabic.
In partnership with the Islamic Art Revival Series (IARS) and the LuminArté Gallery, the Boniuk Institute co-sponsored the 4th Annual Juried International Exhibition of Contemporary Islamic Art, which ran from September 26th through October 31st in Dallas, Texas.
For five weeks in August and September 2015, Rice’s Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance hosted Professor Cristal Chanelle Truscott’s Enter Faith Workshop Series, where participants explore religious diversity using story circle methodology and arts-inspired techniques.
Intersections, an art piece by
Pakistani-American artist Anila Quayyum Agha inspired by designs on the tiles
at Alhambra, became the newest art installation to be featured in the
Rice Art Gallery in Sewall Hall on September 24.
Richard Henry and Adam
Williamson explored the age-old relationship between religion and math in their
lecture and workshop series, “Sacred Geometry,” held on September 13-15 at Rice
University. The series drew some 175 attendees over the series of lectures and
workshops, including high school teachers from all over, Houston area artists
and community leaders, as well as Rice students and staff.
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