2017 - 2018 ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS
The Invention of Judaism: Torah and Jewish Identity
A lecture by John J. Collins, Holmes Professor of Old testament Criticism and Interpretation, Yale University with an Introduction by Gregory Spinner Teaching Professor, Religious Studies Department, Skidmore College
Date: Tuesday, September 26
The Re-Enchantment of the World: From Secularism to Secularity
A talk by Bradley Onishi, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies.
Date: Thursday, October 12
For some time secularity and religion have been conceived as adversaries. This idea is based not only on a reductive vision of "religion," but a misguided and outdated understanding of the secular. In this talk I propose that a more accurate and expansive understanding of the secular can, and should, lead to a reconnection of secularity's relationship to religion. In ways that challenge the New Atheists and other secularists, I propose that both secular and religious individuals are people of faith, and thus a new kind of inter-faith dialogue is possible if we are willing to renovate our conceptions of secularity.