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Faculty Colloquia Prof. Gareth Fisher

Nov 7, 2017, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM

320 Hall of Languages

Deborah Pratt

Tuesday, November 7 6:30-8:30pm
Presenter: Gareth Fisher
Respondent: Ken Frieden
RSVP required.

Lake of Betrayal: Film Screening w/ the Filmmakers

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Nov 2, 2017, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM

Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs Maxwell Auditorium

Scott Manning Stevens Associate Professor of Native American and Indigenous Studies, English & Director, Native American and Indigenous Studies Program

"Lake of Betrayal explores the history of Kinzua Dam on the Allegheny River in Pennsylvania and its impact on the Seneca Nation - the effects of which continue to be felt today." - via imdb.com

Film Screening | 7:00 p.m.

Q&A/Panel Discussion | 8:00 p.m. 


Presented by the Native American and Indigenous Studies Program, Maxwell Citizenship and Civic Engagement, the Department of Religion, and the Indigenous Students at Syracuse.

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Ethnographic Collaborations: Making History with a Mapuche Thunder Shaman in Chile

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Oct 31, 2017, 5:00 PM-7:00 PM

Kilian Room, Hall of Languages

Deb Pratt / dpratt@syr.edu

Professor Ana Mariella Bacigalupo's research has focused on cultural transformation and systems of knowledge, and power—all from the perspective of Mapuche shamans from Chile and Argentina, their communities, and their critics. Her publications include numerous articles and five books – most recently Thunder Shaman: Making History with Mapuche Spirits in Chile and Patagonia (University of Texas Press, 2016). Professor Bacigalupo has received an extraordinary number of fellowships and honors including: a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, a Max Planck Fellowship, a Radcliffe Institute Fellowship, a School of Advanced Research fellowship, a National Humanities Center fellowship, a Rockefeller Fellowship, a Rockefeller Bellagio Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, an American Association of University Women Fellowship, and many more.

A light supper will be served following Professor Bacigalupo’s presentation.

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Undergraduate Open House

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Oct 24, 2017, 7:00 PM-8:00 PM

Hall of Languages 105

Organized by Dimple Dhanani, Lindsay Zerfas, & Sponsored by the Undergraduate Program of the Department of Religion

Undergraduate Student Reception for students  who are currently majors or minors or are interested in having a major or minor in religion. Come and meet other students who are majors or minors in relgion and learn more about the study of religion.

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The Haudenosaunee Sacred Waters & the Trauma of the Erie Canal

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Oct 21, 2017, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM

Skä•noñh - Great Law of Peace Center in Liverpool

Vicki Krisak // Director of Communications and Outreach Erie Canal Museum // vicki@eriecanalmuseum.org

Lecture examines impact of the Erie Canal on the Haudenosaunee
Saturday, October 21
at Skä•noñh - Great Law of Peace Center in Liverpool


(LIVERPOOL, NY – October 9, 2017): As part of a statewide commemoration of the Erie Canal’s 200th anniversary, the Skä•noñh - Great Law of Peace Center in Liverpool will host a lecture on the impact of the canal on the Haudenosaunee, Saturday, October 21 at 1:00 p.m.

Reflections on Erie’s Waters is a collaboration between the Erie Canal Museum and the Canal Society of New York State to commemorate the waterway’s bicentennial and examine its legacy and future through diverse viewpoints. Reflections presents an inclusive view of the Erie Canal, examines its relevance and importance and heightens awareness of its historical impact, current significance and future potential through a series of workshops, lectures and exhibits.


In their lecture, The Sacred Waters of the Haudenosaunee and the Trauma of the Erie Canal, Philip P. Arnold of Syracuse University and Jake Edwards of the Onondaga Nation will examine how the canal disrupted the native people and their relationship to the land.

The Haudenosaunee (Ho dee noe sho nee) is a confederacy comprised of six northeast American nations: the Onondaga, Mohawk, Oneida, Seneca, Cayuga and Tuscarora. The word means “people of the longhouse” and is preferred to the French term, Iroquois.

Philip P. Arnold is Associate Professor and Chair of the Religion Department at Syracuse University as well as core faculty in Native American and Indigenous Studies. He is the founding director of the Skä•noñh - Great Law of Peace Center, and a founding member of Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation (NOON). He is the author of several books on indigenous people and religions.


Jake Edwards is a citizen of the Onondaga Nation and sits on the Council of Chiefs. He has an extensive knowledge of the Haudenosaunee environmental history, and often speaks throughout the world on Haudenosaunee values.

The Skä•noñh - Great Law of Peace Center is a Haudenosaunee Heritage Center focused on telling the story of the native peoples of central New York through the lens of the Onondaga Nation. The Onondagas, or People of the Hills, are the keepers of the Central Fire and are the spiritual and political center of the Haudenosaunee. Skä•noñh is an Onondaga welcoming greeting meaning “Peace and Wellness.”


The Erie Canal Museum in downtown Syracuse collects and conserves Canal material, champions an appreciation and understanding of Erie Canal history through educational programming, and promotes an awareness of the Canal's transforming effects on the past, present and future. The Museum is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free with a suggested $5 donation. For more information on the Reflections on Erie’s Waters program, contact Vicki Krisak,
Director of Communications and Outreach, Erie Canal Museum, vicki@eriecanalmuseum.org, (315) 471-0593, ext. 15, or visit the Erie Canal Museum website Eriecanalmuseum.org.


Reflections on Erie’s Waters is supported by the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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Vicki Krisak
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Erie Canal Museum

Faculty Colloquia Prof. Joanne Waghorne

Oct 17, 2017, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM

320 Hall of Languages

Deborah Pratt

Tuesday, October 17 6:30-8:30pm
Presenter: Joanne Waghorne
Respondent: Phil Arnold
RSVP required.

Brujería as Collective Action: The Hexing of Donald Trump

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Oct 10, 2017, 7:00 PM-8:00 PM

Lyman 132

Religion Graduate Organization / Abel Gomez

The election of Donald Trump to the US presidency was a blow to many liberal secularists who had presumed that racism, sexism, and patriarchy were in a losing battle. However, for many Black and Brown activists fighting against systematic oppression, having a president beholden to white supremacy was not new (albeit this version much less cordial). For those who practice African diasporic religions, “witchcraft” or brujería as it is known in Spanish, has historically been a strategy to reveal this type of oppression. Since early European colonialism and white domination, overseers, masters, and police have been the subject of curses from various Black, Native, and Pagan hexes. Indeed, witchcraft continues to instill fear in the minds of oppressors. This talk examines the collective political strategy of brujería against Donald Trump as tool against the violence of this racist administration. Beliso-De Jesús traces African diasporic practitioners who have used the ebbo, or offerings, prayers, rites, and collective works to thwart Trump’s oppressive plans. Historically, ebbos have been used to manipulate and change destiny, to alieve practitioners of ailments, and as a form of collective action to redirect natural disasters such as hurricanes or to inflict damage upon a bad person. As a Black Caribbean strategy against oppression, theorizing from the ebbo allows for the multiple dimension of politics to stand in relief. Beliso-De Jesús will argue that theory from the curse demonstrates how the white liberal myth of “progress” must be ripped open to reveal the ugly core of white supremacy.  
 

Aisha M. Beliso-De Jesús is Professor of African American Religions at Harvard Divinity School. A cultural and social anthropologist, Dr. Beliso-De Jesús has conducted ethnographic research with Santería practitioners in Cuba and the United States since 2003. Her book, Electric Santería: Racial and Sexual Assemblages of Transnational Religion details the transnational experience of Santería, in which racialized and gendered spirits, deities, priests, and religious travelers remake local, national, and political boundaries and actively reconfigure notions of technology and transnationalism. 

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Sponsored by the Religion Graduate Organization, Graduate Student OrganizationThe Department of Religion, African-American StudiesLatino-Latin-American Studies, and the Department of Women's and Gender Studies. 


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Nones, Dones, Seekers and Doubters: Navigating Religion in a Secular Age.

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Oct 9, 2017, 7:00 PM-8:30 PM

Maxwell Auditorium

Deborah Pratt, 315.443.3863, dpratt@syr.edu

The Joseph and Amelia Borgognoni Lecture in Catholic Theology and Religion and Society.

Kaya Oakes is the author of four books, including “The Nones Are Alright: A New Generation of Believers, Seekers and Those In-Between” (Orbis Books, 2015) and “Radical Reinvention: An Unlikely Return to the Catholic Church” (Counterpoint Press, 2012). A senior correspondent at Religion Dispatches, she also is a contributing writer at America: The Jesuit Review and a contributing editor at Killing the Buddha. Her work has appeared in many other print and online publications, including Sojourners, Commonweal, Narratively, Foreign Policy, The Guardian and the Religion News Service, and on the public radio show and podcast “On Being.” She is a writing lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley. For more information see "Kaya Oakes to Present Borgognoni Lecture Oct. 9"  By Renée K. Gadoua.

Kaya Oakes, Borgognoni Lecture flyer PDF

Teach in on Charlottesville

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Oct 3, 2017, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM

Watson Theater – 316 Waverly Avenue

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Join members of the Syracuse University community for discussion about, and reflections on, Charlottesville. Addressing historical and contemporary contexts and drawing from personal and academic insights, a panel of faculty come together for this teach-in to listen, learn, and jump-start important dialogues about resistance and forging solidarities within and across our communities, in the classroom and beyond.

Download the Charlottesville Teachin Flyer as a PDF

Sponsored by Syracuse University Humanities Center

Syracuse Humanities Center

Supported by: African American Studies; Cultural Foundations of Education; History; Jewish Studies Program; Sociology; The Syracuse University Humanities Center; Writing Studies; Rhetoric, and Composition.

Communication Access Real-Time Translation (CART) will be provided.

Syracuse Human Rights Film Festival

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Sep 28, 2017, 7:00 PM-7:00 PM

Various locations

The Co-Directors of SUHRFF are Professors Tula Goenka (Television, Radio & Film) and Roger Hallas (English).

The Syracuse University Human Rights Film Festival celebrates its 15th year from Thursday, Sept 28 through Saturday, Sept 30, with an outstanding line-up of award-winning films addressing social justice issues around the globe. The festival is part of Syracuse Symposium 2017: BELONGING and is presented by the Syracuse University Humanities Center in the College of Arts & Sciences and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

The Opening Night film is at Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium, Newhouse 3 (Room 140, Waverly entrance). The Friday screening is also be at Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium, Newhouse 3 (Room 140, Waverly entrance). All three Saturday screenings are in Shemin Auditorium, Shaffer Art Building of Syracuse University. All screenings are free and open to the public, and DHH accommodations are provided.

Promotional Materials

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CO-Sponsors

  • David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics
  • School of Education
  • South Asia Center
  • Citizenship and Civic Engagement Program
  • Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC)
  • International Relations Program
  • Latino-Latin American Studies Program
  • LGBT Resource Center
  • SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Supporters

  • Disability Cultural Center
  • Office of Multicultural Affairs
  • Department of Art & Music Histories
  • Department of Geography
  • Department of History
  • Department of Political Science
  • Department of Women’s & Gender Studies
  • LGBT Studies Program
  • SASSE: Students Advocating Safe Sex and Empowerment

content via: suhrff.syr.edu

The Schedule for Deyhontsigwa’ehs- The Creator’s Game, Lacrosse Weekend

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Sep 28, 2017, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

Tsha’ Thoñ’nhes (Onondaga Nation Fieldhouse) and Syracuse University Carrier Dome

Philip Arnold

As you prepare for the 2017-18 school year consider planning a field trip to the Deyhontsigwa'ehs-The Creator's Game, Lacrosse Weekend, 28 September- 1 October to the Onondaga Nation and Syracuse University.  Attached is a flyer and invitation letter to help you plan.  This is a great opportunity for your students/athletes to learn about the origins of lacrosse directly from Haudenosaunee leaders.  It is a fun and engaging way to learn about Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) culture.  Here is the line-up

  • Haudenosaunee Wooden Stick Festival @ Softball Fields, Onondaga Nation, 28-30 September
  • Lax All-Stars North American Invitational Box Tournament @ Tsh’Thon’nhes “Fieldhouse,” Onondaga Nation, 28-30 September
  • Thompson Brothers presentations and N7 camp for Native American Youth, @ Softball Fields, Onondaga Nation, 29-30 September
  • International Field Scrimmage @ Carrier Dome, 1 October

See Indigenous Values Initative for a complete schedule

14 Black Classicists: The Politics of American Learning

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Sep 21, 2017, 5:30 PM-7:30 PM

Graham Commons - Bird Library 114

Department of African American Studies// 315.443.4302 //aas@syr.edu

Syracuse University African American Studies Department Fall Colloquium Presents

14 Black Classicists: The Politics of American Learning

By Michele Valerie Ronnick
Professor in Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, Wayne State University

Free & Open to the Public 
Information: 315.443.4302 /aas@syr.edu

Michele Ronnick’s pioneering publications on black teachers and scholars in the field of classical studies include The Autobiography of William Sanders Scarborough (2005) and The Works of William Sanders Scarborough: Black Classicist and Race Leader (2006). She has also published over 100 journal articles, chapters, and research notes. Her exhibition, 14 Black Classicists, includes the first person of African descent to earn a Ph.D. at Syracuse University. It has traveled to 48 galleries and is on view at the Community Folk Art Center through November.

CO-SPONSORS

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Buddhism in Cambodia

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Sep 18, 2017, 5:30 PM-7:00 PM

107 Hall of Languages

Gareth Fisher / gfisher@syr.edu

You are invited to an informal presentation on Buddhism in Cambodia  by Cambodian-born composer CHINARY UNG, as reflected in his “AURA” a work celebrating the enlightenment of Buddha.

5:30pm Monday Sept. 18 S.U. 107 Hall of Languages

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Presented by the 

SU Student Buddhist Association 

SU Religion Department 

THE ZEN CENTER OF SYRACUSE HOEN-JI, SHINGE ROSHI, ROKO SHERRY CHAYAT, ABBOT

Come hear “AURA” performed ‘live’ !
Those attending the lecture are admitted free to the SOCIETY for NEW MUSIC “AURAS” concert Sept. 19th at 8pm, Hendricks Chapel.
That program features CHINARY UNG’s “Aura,” performed by the SOCIETY ALL-STARS, along with music by Vietnamese composer/performer VAN-AHN VANESSA V0.

Download a PDF of the Chinary Ung Flyer.

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Faculty Colloquia Prof. Ann Gold

Sep 12, 2017, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM

320 Hall of Languages

Deborah Pratt

Tuesday, September 12 6:30-8:30pm
Presenter: Ann Gold
Respondent: Marcia Robinson
RSVP required.
 

First Day of Classes

Aug 28, 2017, 8:00 AM-11:00 PM

HL504

Theta Chi Beta meeting and banquet

Apr 23, 2017, 4:30 PM-5:30 PM

304 Shine Student Center

Deb Pratt, dpratt@syr.edu

Meeting and Banquet for the members of THETA CHI BETA ΘΧΒ

B.G. Rudolph Lecture: Dr. Menachem Lorberbaum, “Israel’s Greatest Victory? The Six-Day War and the End of the Zionist Project.”

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Mar 28, 2017, 7:00 PM-8:00 PM

Crouse-Hinds 010

Zachary Braiterman, zbraiter@syr.edu

Dr. Menachem Lorberbaum
Professor of Jewish Philosophy at Harvard Tel Aviv University and author of We are Dazzled by His Beauty (Hebrew, Ben Zvi Institute, 2011).
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Location: Crouse-Hinds 010

7:00 pm
Open to the Public. CART services provided.

Author and esteemed lecturer in Jewish philosophy Menachem Lorberbaum will be the featured speaker for the 2017 B.G. Rudolph Lecture. The annual address, sponsored by the Jewish Studies program in the College of Arts and Sciences (A&S), will happen on Tuesday, March 28, at 7 p.m. in Room 010 of Crouse-Hinds Hall. Lorberbaum will speak on “Israel’s Greatest Victory? The Six-Day War and the End of the Zionist Project.” The event is free and open to the public. CART transcription services will be provided. For additional accessibility accommodations, call 315.443.2014 before March 23. Based in Israel, Lorberbaum is a professor of Jewish philosophy at Tel Aviv University, where he was also the founding chair of the Department of Hebrew Culture Studies. Additionally, he is the Ellie and Herbert D. Katz Distinguished Fellow and Erika A. Strauss Teaching Fellow at the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. The focus of his research lands at the influences between religion, state and politics in the Jewish tradition. Adding to his numerous accomplishments, he is a founding member of the Shalom Hartman Institute, a Jewish establishment based in Jerusalem, Israel, which works to elevate the quality of Jewish life in Israel and around the world through research and education. His most recent works include We are Dazzled by His Beauty (Hebrew, Ben Zvi Institute, 2011) and Politics and the Limits of Law (Stanford, 2001; Hebrew: 2006). Lorberbaum is also editor of the first complete Hebrew translation of Thomas Hobbes' “Leviathan” (Shalem, 2009). Currently engaged in a study of Hasidic Judaism as a model of Jewish religious revitalization in early modernity, Lorberbaum is working to complete his next book in first-order Jewish theology titled I Seek thy Countenance. The B.G. Rudolph Lecture series was created in 1973 by Bernard G. Rudolph in order to bring distinguished Judaic studies scholars to the Syracuse University campus. For more information on the program or the lecture series, contact Zachary Braiterman, professor of religion and Jewish Studies program director, at 315.443.5719 or zbraiter@syr.edu. 

 2017 B.G. Rudolph Lecture Flyer

Annual Borgognoni Lecture

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Oct 20, 2016, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM

Maxwell Auditorium

Deborah Pratt, dpratt@syr.edu

Dr. Sandra Schneiders, IHM - The Annual Joseph and Amelia Borgognoni Lecture in Catholic Theology and Religion and Society.
Oct 10, 2016
Location: Maxwell Auditorium
7:00 p.m.
What are the Nuns Really up to?

The Place of Religion in Film

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Mar 30, 2016, 5:00 PM-5:00 PM

Newhouse 2

Rebecca Moody | ramoody@syr.edu

At religionconference.syr.edu you can find the schedule at a glance and panels schedule of all concurrent sessions. All concurrent sessions will be held in Newhouse 2. Please use the entrance on Waverly Ave; we’ll post directional signs marked with our logo to help guide you.

We’ve included a series of maps to help you navigate campus. Here you can find an area map which includes local restaurants, a campus map, a detail of the buildings we’ll be using, and a map of the Newhouse complex. You can also find information on accessing campus Wi-Fi.

We strongly encourage you to be mindful of Syracuse weather. Spring has begun to make an appearance and the snow is steadily melting, which means warmer weather and wetter, muddier walks. Waterproof shoes are always a good idea if you plan to do much walking. Also, don’t let the warmer weather fool you: Syracuse springs are tricky. Mornings will still be chilly and days can often me overcast if not rainy. Bring an umbrella; you most likely won’t regret having a coat and dressing in layers.

If you plan to drive, park in the Waverly lot on Thursday night. On Friday, the University Ave parking garage will offer a reduced rate ($8); please note that the garage will close at 7:00 p.m on Friday and will not be open on Saturday. On Saturday, use the Waverly, Harrison or Lehman lot. All are noted on the area map. In all cases, tell the parking attendant that you’re attending a conference with the SU Department of Religion. There are also other paid garages in the area, including at the Sheraton, if you’d prefer.

To get you caffeinated on Friday and Saturday mornings, we suggest Café Kubal on University Avenue. They have a selection of coffee, tea, pastries and a few more substantial breakfast options. There’s also a Starbucks on University Avenue. Both are across the street from the Sheraton Hotel.

Also, check out a few of the fun things to see and do in the area if you’ve got the time and inclination.

If you’re on Twitter, follow us @religionSU; the conference hashtags is #religioninfilm.

Please let us know if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you all soon!