Past Events

  • May 04

    CONFERENCE 5/4: The Theory of Occasionalism: East and West

    (All day)

    A One-day Conference on

    The Theory of Occasionalism: East and West

    Saturday, May 4, 2013

    Sperry Room, Andover Hall, Harvard Divinity School, 45 Francis Avenue




    • Occasionalism in Islamic Philosophy
    • Occasionalism in Early Modern Philosophy
    • Occasionalism Today



    Fred Ablondi, Hendrix College

    Hasan Horkuc, Durham University (United Kingdom)

    Ozgur Koca, Claremont Graduate School

    Daniel Lim, Renmin University  (China)

  • May 02

    SYMPOSIUM: Urbanism, Spirituality, and Well-being

    5:15pm to 6:45pm

    Contemporary Trends

    Scholarship on the contribution of spiritual motivations in planning contemporary cities and, specifically, the use of design to support spiritual engagement and environmental health in the public realm. Speakers: Prof. Richard Jackson (UCLA), Prof. Rahul Mehrotra (GSD).

    Location:  Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall

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  • Apr 23

    Lecture: The Science of the Gods and the Gods of Science: Inventing Religions and Sciences in 19th century Japan

    6:00pm to 7:30pm

    Jason Ānanda Josephson, Assistant Professor of Religion, Williams College

    "His research explores the contested borderland between “religion” and “science.” He focuses on practices and beliefs often considered “superstitions,” and therefore frequently dismissed as worthy of consideration in the disciplinary formations of science and religion."

    Tuesday, Apr 23, 6-7:30 pm, Barker Center 133 - Plimpton Room

  • Apr 11

    SYMPOSIUM: Urbanism, Spirituality, and Well-being

    5:15pm to 6:45pm

    Historical Precedents

    Scholarship on the history of cities planned according to spiritual motivations or principles. Cities in which ecological sustainability and spiritual well-being have enjoyed historical or ongoing reciprocity are of greatest interest. Speakers: Prof. Alex Krieger (GSD), Prof. David Carrasco (HDS), Prof. Ahmed Ragab (HDS). 

    Location:  Science Center Lecture Hall E, Harvard University

  • Mar 26

    Lecture: Parsing Science and Religion: The Niebuhr Brothers on Science and the Secular

    6:00pm to 7:30pm

    Speaker: K. Healan Gaston, Lecturer on American Religious History, Harvard Divinity School 

    Her research focuses on the role of religion in American public life, with particular emphasis on the relationship between theology and democratic theory.

    Tuesday, March 26, 6-7:30 pm, Barker Center 114 - Kresge Foundation Room

    Part of the Mahindra Humanities Seminar

  • Feb 26

    Lecture: Rethinking Medicalization and Social Control Through an Eleventh Century Chinese Lens

    6:00pm to 7:30pm

    Speaker: TJ Hinrichs , Associate Professor, History Department, Cornell University

    "A central thread running through my research and teaching is the investigation of connections between intimate experiences such as illness and personal transformation; communal practices such as medical training and religious rites; and broader historical shifts such as the consolidation of the civil service examination system, commercialization and urbanization, the spread of printing, and the development of landscape painting."

  • Feb 07

    Lecture by Gayle M. Salamon

    5:00pm to 7:00pm

    Gayle Salamon specializes in phenomenology, gender and queer theory, critical theory and visual culture.  She is the author of Assuming a Body: Transgender and Rhetorics of Materiality (Columbia University Press, 2010) on embodiment and transgender subjectivity. Recent articles include  “Transfeminism and the Future of Women’s Studies” in Women’s Studies on the Edge, (Joan Scott, ed., Duke University Press, 2008) and “Justification and Queer Method, or: Leaving Philosophy” in Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, Vol 24 No.