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February 1, 2018

Machaut Mass and Propers for Candlemas

Sunday, February 4, 2018

3:00 pm

Central Lutheran Church

1857 Potter St.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear a performance of the earliest known polyphonic mass setting by a single composer, Guillaume de Machaut’s Messe de Nostre Dame (Mass of Our Lady), with chants for Candlemas, featuring international early music authority Marcel Pérès and Cappella Romana.

Free and open to the public.

Sponsored by: the Ira E. Gaston Bequest; Oregon Humanities Center’s Endowment for Public Outreach in the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities; College of Arts and Sciences; Medieval Studies; Religious Studies; Humanities Program; and Folklore Program.


October 20, 2017

Islam, Feminism, and the Women’s Mosque Movement

October 27, 2017

Gerlinger 302
University of Oregon
Morning Session: 9 am – 12:30 pm
Afternoon Session: 2 pm – 5 pm

This event is free and open to the public. If you have questions about the event, please contact Kaley McCarty at for more details. For the detailed schedule, go to:

Middle East and North Africa Studies Program Presents:

Islam, Feminism, and the Women’s Mosque Movement

This symposium brings together scholars from multidisciplinary perspectives to explore the histories and contemporary debates on the themes of Islamic feminism and their application in the areas of law, democracy, globalization, and writing. Case studies of the women’s mosque movement explores women’s spiritual leadership and its role in the production and transmission of knowledge. The symposium highlights the contributions of Muslim women’s activism and examines and challenges popular representations of women and Islam.

Featuring: Kemi Balogun, Diane Baxter, Sarah Eltantawi, Fatuma Gedi, Azadeh Ghanizadeh, Ellen McLaney, Therese Saliba, Irum Shiekh, and Amina Wadud.

Sponsored by Rutherford Middle East Initiative & The Office of the President. Cosponsored by: the Muslim Student Association, Division of Equity and Inclusion, Center for the Study of Women in Society, Clark Honors College, Anthropology, Ethnic Studies, History, Islamic Studies Initiative, Theater Arts, Religious Studies, Philosophy, Sociology, and Women and Gender Studies.

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May 20, 2017

The Canonizations of the Qur’an

The Canonizations of the Qur’an

From Ibn Mujahid to al-Azhar

Dr. Shady Nasser
Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University

May 30, 2017

4:00 pm

Knight Library Browsing Room


The talk will discuss the development, transmission, and reception of the Qur’anic text from the time of its inception up to the first complete audio recording by al-Husari in 1961. Five distinct phases of the canonization of the Qur’anic text will be highlighted: The early Grammarians, Ibn Mujahid of Baghdad, al-Dani and al-Shatibi of Andalusia, Ibn al-Jazari of Damascus and The Azhar institution of Egypt. Professor Nasser is the author of The Transmission of the Variant Readings of the Qur’ān: The problem of tawātur and the emergence of shawādhdh, (Leiden: Brill, 2012) and numerous articles on the Qur’an and its transmission and canonization.

Islamic Studies Initiative Lecture Series: Presented by the Global Studies Institute and cosponsored by the Williams Fund and the Muslim Students Association.

May 1, 2017

How Did Early Muslims Read Quran?

How did early Muslims read Quran?

A consideration of the Sanaa Palimpest Fragments

Dr. Asma Hilali, Research Associate
The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London

Thursday, May 18, 2017

4:00 pm

Straub Hall 145

The “Sanaa Palimpsest” is one of the oldest Qur’an manuscripts yet discovered; it contains two superimposed Qur’anic
texts on thirty-eight leaves of parchment, now in the Dar al-Makhtutat, Sanaa, Yemen. In this talk, I offer a new hypothesis
concerning the transmission of the Qur’an based on this ancient material, which appears to represent work in progress.
In its lower layer, the manuscript offers the oldest witness of a reading instruction in Qur’an text and perhaps even in any
Arabic text. Such peculiarities offer rare evidence as to how the Qur’an was transmitted, taught and written down in the first
centuries of Islam.

Islamic Studies Initiative Lecture Series: Cosponsored by the
Williams Fund, the Muslim Students Association and the Global Studies Institute.

April 25, 2017

Buddhism, Sexuality, and Gender

University of Oregon Dalai Lama Commemorative Lecture

Buddhism, Sexuality, and Gender

Dr. José Cabezon

Dalai Lama Endowed Chair

Department of Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara

Tuesday, May 9, 2017


Lillis 182

University of Oregon

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March 21, 2017

Buddhist Experience in Modern Japanese Religion and Philosophy

Keynote Speakers:

Friday, April 21, 2017

4:00 pm

129 McKenzie Hall

“Language and Experience in Ueda Shizuteru’s Philosophy of Zen” by Bret Davis, Professor, Department of Philosophy, Loyola University in Maryland.

“Hermit Kingdoms: Religious Experience and Self-Sovereignty in Modern Japanese Thought” by Melissa Anne-Marie Curley, Assistant Professor, Department of Comparative Studies, Ohio State University.

Book signings to follow


Saturday, April 22, 2017

9:30 am-3:30 pm

375 McKenzie Hall

January 27, 2017

Sandow Birk’s American Qur’an: A New Dawn for the Koran

Thursday, February 2

5:30 p.m.

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon

Lecture by Bruce B. Lawrence, Professor Emeritus of Islamic studies, Duke University, and Adjunct Professor, Fatih Sultan Mehmet Vakf University, Istanbul

Dancing in Damascus: Creativity, Resilience, and the Syrian Revolution

Book Signing:

Friday, February 3

3:00 p.m.

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon


Friday, February 3

3:30 p.m.

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon

Lecture by miriam cooke, Braxton Craven Professor of Arab Cultures, Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, Duke University

January 26, 2017

Comparing Early Empires: Rome and China

The Admiral David E. Jeremiah and Mrs. Connie Jeremiah Lecture Series

Lecture by Michael Nylan, Professor of History, University of California at Berkeley

Friday, February 10

4:00 p.m.

Crater Lake North, EMU

University of Oregon

At their heights, Rome and China were two empires commanding approximately the same size territories and populations, operating at similar technological levels. However, the two empires could hardly have been run on more different bases, in terms of their treatment of their own populations, methods political deliberation, financial arrangements, expectations of service from members of the governing elite and from allies, and even the arrangement of their capitals. This talk will explore such differences, asking what presumptions shaped their decision-making processes, as a way of reflecting upon larger East-West debates.

This lecture series is presented by the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies. It is cosponsored by the Confucius Institute, the Department of History, the Asian Studies Program, the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, and the Department of Classics. The Crater Lake North Room is located in the Erb Memorial Union (EMU). For more information, please call 541-346-5068.

“The Jewish Virtue of Manliness: Maccabean Judea between Greece and Rome”

Professor Kevin L. Osterloh, Ancient History & Religions, Oregon State University

Thursday, February 16th

4:00 p.m.

Susan Campbell Hall 111

Sponsored by the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies and the American Academy for Jewish Research.

Free and open to the public.

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