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February 13, 2019

Sex, Art, and the Sacred in the Age of Culture Wars

Anthony Petro, Assistant Professor, Boston University

Thursday, March 14th

4:30 PM

Knight Library Browsing Room

January 24, 2019

“Jesus through New Eyes: The Sermon on the Mount in New Religions”

2019 Ira E. Gaston Lecture in Christianity

January 30, 2019

4:30 pm

Knight Library Browsing Room

Eugene Gallagher, Professor Emeritus, Connecticut College

Free and open to the public

Sponsored by the Gaston Fund, Oregon Humanities Center, and Department of Religious Studies

January 16, 2019

Cappella Romana: Lost Treasures of Armenia

Thursday, January 17, 2019


Central Lutheran Church

Free and open to the public

August 8, 2018

How to Find Peace in a Complex World

His Holiness Sakya Trichen

How to Find Peace in a Complex World

Sunday, August 12


The Ragozzino Performance Hall

Lane Community College

Cost: $20

Students are Free!

His Holiness is a great spiritual leader, scholar, author, a spokesman for peace, and an advocate of human values. This is a rare and precious opportunity not to be missed!


May 5, 2018

Tibetan Buddhism in the World

Monday, May 14, 2018


182 Lillis Hall

University of Oregon Dalai Lama Commemorative Lecture

Sara Shneiderman, Anthropology, University of British Columbia

Sienna Craig, Anthropology, Dartmouth College

Tulku Jigme Rinpoche, Palmo Center for Peace and Education


Free and open to the public

Co-sponsors: Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs, Oregon Humanities Center, Department of Religious Studies, and Center for Asian and Pacific Studies


March 6, 2018

The Myth of Disenchantment: Magic, Modernity, and the Birth of the Human Sciences

Thursday, May 3

4:00 pm

McKenzie Hall 125

Presented by: Jason A. Josephson-Storm

Many theorists have argued that a defining feature of modernity is that people no longer believe in spirits, myths, or magic. In a talk based on his new book, Jason Ā Josephson-Storm will argue that as broad cultural history goes, this narrative is wrong, as attempts to suppress magic have failed more often than they have suc-ceeded—even within the human sciences. But then how did a magical, spiritual, mesmerized Europe ever convince itself that it was disenchanted?
Josephson-Storm traces the history of the myth of disenchantment in philosophy, anthropology, sociology, folklore, psychoanalysis, and religious studies, arguing that these disciplines’ founding figures were not only aware of, but profoundly en-meshed in, the occult milieu, and that it was specifically in response to a burgeon-ing culture of spirits and magic that they produced notions of a disenchanted world.

Jason Ā. Josephson-Storm is Chair & Associate Professor of Religion at Williams College.

Sponsored by: Religious Studies, Folklore, History, and the Oregon Humanities Center.

Free and open to the public.

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.

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